Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Let me set the stage: I am 68, white, male, born in Texas, lived in Colorado 45 years and now in Nevada. I own registered handguns, rifles and shotguns, and belong to a shooting club — a stereotypical member of the National Rifle Association, right? Not so fast: I cherish our freedom and honor our Constitution. But, I recognize the Second Amendment has been used as a paper dragon by the gun freaks and defense industry for years.
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s veto of Senate Bill 221, the background check on guns bill, looms on the horizon. This is despite 86 percent of Nevada residents favoring this bill. And, in light of the Friday automatic-weapon shoot-up in California, with the gunman reportedly carrying three dozen magazines with 1,300 rounds of ammo, isn’t it time the governor listens to his constituents, rather than the NRA, funded by the defense industry, and just says “enough is enough”?
We should hold ourselves and our governor to a higher standard than the NRA.