I am not a gun owner, nor am I a hunter, but my understanding is that the Glock with a clip holding 33 bullets that Jared Loughner used can only be classified as “sporting” if one considers mass murder a “sport.” Other than mass murder, what reason is there for anyone to possess a handgun capable of firing 33 rounds in one murderously fast burst? Why does the NRA persist in fighting any attempt to limit, let alone ban the mass distribution of such weapons of mass civilian destruction?
Why are such lethal weapons available to any seriously disturbed person who wants to buy one? If someone wants to purchase such a weapon, shouldn’t they be compelled to pass a test and provide a license, showing that they at least know how to use such a gun, and they are not a threat to society?
I believe that the reason is that the NRA has little to do with legitimate gun owners, other than to collect their donations and scare them into thinking that they won’t be able to maintain their personal arsenals if the slightest restriction on gun ownership is passed. Rather than legitimate gun owners, I believe the NRA has simply become a shill for the weapons manufacturers, regardless of country of origin.
Mexican presidents have consistently pointed out that the guns used by their cartels are coming from the irresponsible gun dealers on this side of the border, particularly in Texas. Laws are so lax that gun dealers, with both eyes on profits and no thoughts of consequences, are able to provide rapid-firing rifles and handguns as powerful as those used by any military force in the world.
A similar situation exists in Virginia, whose gun dealers have made it their mission to arm gangs along the east coast. The District of Columbia has long complained about its own futility in dealing with gun violence, when gang members can simply drive across the Potomac to Virginia. An impotent Congress has been so cowed by the NRA’s threats that it has overruled the District’s attempts at controlling the proliferation of guns on its streets.
I wonder, how much money is the NRA getting from the gun manufacturers to keep up this charade that they are defending the rights of everyday gun owners? Could it be that the NRA’s “everyday gun owners” are the Mexican drug cartels and American gangs?
Stan Sears, Minister