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The NRA is the tip of the iceberg

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Regarding James. J. Begley’s letter, “Clean house of NRA worshippers”:

There are about 4.3 million National Rifle Association members. About 110 million Americans own more than 325 million guns — and this number is going up.

There are a lot of gun lobby groups besides the NRA. Members of Congress don’t fear just the NRA, they fear their constituents, and that’s the way it should be.

After the 2014 midterm elections, we are not going to have fewer pro-gun senators and House members; we are going to have more. Probably a lot of them will be Tea Party members.

This government is in serious trouble, with the old guard and President Barack Obama not willing to step up to the plate and make the serious budget cuts that are needed. This also includes Rep. Paul Ryan and his proposed 10-year balanced budget plan. It’s absolutely crazy to have another 10 years of deficit spending when we already have almost a $17 trillion national debt right now.

The Second Amendment provides the pathway for America to help put this country back on a sound financial footing. It won’t be easy, but it is certainly worth it. Mark Twain said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” Very well said. You already see sheriffs in several places saying they will not enforce new gun laws. It’s just beginning.

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  1. Letter writer is absolutely correct and I thoroughly agree. It's not the NRA that is scary to some. It's the U.S. Constitution and the Americans who stand for and with it.

    Carmine D

  2. Future: There was no budget passed in the Senate. What passed was a non-binding resolution. RyAYN's budget was DOA in the Senate, as it should have been. However, his budget is the HR's plan, just as the Senate passed their own plan. All this BS will, hopefully, be sorted out in a joint committee of HR and Senate members. If they reach agreement on a TRUE budget, it will be voted on, and if passed, sent to the President for his signature.

  3. "The second amendment provides the pathway for America to help put this country back on a sound financial footing".

    How exactly would that occur? Would you care to elaborate? I get the disturbing gist of the sentence quoted, but I don't want to put words in your mouth.

  4. "The Second Amendment provides the pathway for America to help put this country back on a sound financial footing."

    Any illusion that all 4.3 million NRA members or 110 million gun owners share this purpose in owning a firearm is alarmingly delusional. The writer as well as those who share his views should read the entire Constitution if they want to discover the true pathways to change in this country.

  5. Hi Jim,
    Would that "true pathway" include elections by chance?

  6. Hmmm...the facts don't support this letter.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rat...

    "The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

    The rate has dropped in cities large and small, in suburbs and rural areas and in all regions of the country. It has fallen among households with children, and among those without. It has declined for households that say they are very happy, and for those that say they are not. It is down among churchgoers and those who never sit in pews."

    Where are the fact checkers at this paper?

  7. What other Constitutional Right is under constant assault by the Commie-lites of the left? Not one that I can think of. There should be no need for an NRA or any other lobbying group to fight for what is a Constitutional Right. What the kooks on the left fear most, is not guns in the hands of honest, hard-working and law-abiding American citizens, it is that most of these folks are independent thinkers who are very watchful of a certain political class that wants to undermine every freedom they have so as to increase their power. Leftists may need to be led around by the nose, their decisions made for them by pencil-pushing bureaucratic drones, but a vast number of Americans simply won't put up with such nonsense. It goes against everything we stand for. The gun "issue" is no "issue" at all. It is merely another made-up "crisis" by leftists craving more control over our daily lives and how we live them.

  8. The notion that armed citizens will rise up, exercising their Second Amendment rights, and put the country back on a sound financial footing is ludicrous....unless we tax guns and ammo at a pretty steep rate. The folks who think as this writer does have the unfortunate challenge of paranoia. Just as many mistrust the government they also mistrust other people which negates the notion of cooperative action. Just how many folks stood up to help Randy Weaver, about the best example of a poor sap railroaded into federal charges. With the exception of Bo Gritz selling over-priced real estate and a few muttering malcontents fueled by cheap beer at the law enforcement blockades, absolutely no one volunteered to intervene with the law, let alone defend Randy, his family or his principles. The hard-right overthrow the guvmint crowd are mostly known as backshooters.

    The reference to county sheriffs pegs the writer as one of the delusional right-wing-whacknuts who buy into the "County Sheriff as sovereign law enforcement officer" of the nation. Like I really want some local elected good-old boy yokel determining what is constitutional and what is not. Didn't seem to work out too well for blacks in the Jim Crow South and I wouldn't trust my local sheriff to do much more that sell out to the highest bidder. Poor as individual decisions seem to be sometimes, SCOTUS seems to have a pretty good track record on the whole.

  9. Kevin Alexander - "The Second Amendment provides the pathway for America to help put this country back on a sound financial footing. It won't be easy, but it is certainly worth it. Mark Twain said, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Very well said. You already see sheriffs in several places saying they will not enforce new gun laws. It's just beginning."

    Another Second Amendment solution, in other words, because you may not like this president we should stage a revolt? Are you calling for outright rebellion, secession and civil war? Violence, the answer most people believe solves problems.

    This country is still maturing and hopefully one day these childish ideas will be put aside. People need to ask why we so-called civilized people lash out at one another. What is in American DNA? Are we having three year old temper tantrums because we are still a very young nation?

  10. Man do we have a lot of kooks in this town. It's not often that you see the second amendment and the federal budget in one letter.

    As a point of fact the country is on sound financial footing. We have strong output, the banking and insurance system is strong. The dollar bottomed out years ago and has been the strongest currency in the world ever since.

    It's not Congress that's the problem. Americans are lined up 140 million strong for entitlements and nobody wants to pay any taxes. That's the problem.

    Half the individuals pay no federal income tax. Corporate tax payments are the lowest percentage of revenues in history. The vast majority of Incorporated businesses pay no taxes. At the same time people are lined up for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, education assistance, government-subsidized mortgages, veterans benefits and many other programs.

    The governments a giant insurance company. If people don't want to pay taxes or have deficit spending stop making claims on tax revenues.

    The letter writer obviously thinks the tea party is going to get rid of those programs. He's dreaming. They are lining up at the trough just like the rest of America.

  11. "You already see sheriffs in several places saying they will not enforce new gun laws."

    They should be fired for not upholding the law.

  12. The Second Amendment provides nothing but heartache for millions of Americans. More Americans have blown each other to pieces just in the last few decades than have been killed and all of our wars combined. I wonder how much uncompensated care the UMC hospital system provides to gunshot victims every year.

    People complain about Medicaid. I wonder how much Medicaid pays out on behalf of gunshot victims every year.

  13. Mark Schaffer says "They should be fired for not upholding the law."

    An interesting idea...but you would really need to start from the top. Don't we have a sitting President who has decided that he has the power to decide which laws get enforced and which don't?

    If the nation accepts that the Executive Branch can pick and choose which immigration laws to enforce....then the precedent is set and the sherrifs in question can do the same.

  14. This letter makes sense. The president and his handpicked cadre of leftist thugs threaten the very foundations of this nation. Citizens are buying up the guns and ammo in mass. There is a tyrannical and incompetent government in place who is procuring domestic weapons of aggression by Homeland Security and the people want to know why, and the answers are not forthcoming. It seems perfectly sensible that vast numbers of citizens are concerned with the prospect that government has stepped over the red lines of its powers. America is in crisis on a number of fronts and all roads lead to the feet of the president and his leftwing administration and policies. What is evolving in America is certainly not a comforting sight.

  15. Go Bob... Homeland security is procuring domestic weapons of aggression and the government has stepped over the redlines of power?

    When I was a kid I was walking around with a selective service card in my pocket waiting to be dropped into some rice field in Vietnam. That's an example of the government stepping over the red line of power. Not providing medical benefits for the sick or pension security for the elderly.

  16. Gerry, I was walking around with a selective service card in my pocket at that same time. That was also a corrupt government who lied to the people--we have another one now.

  17. Houstonjac - "The president and his handpicked cadre of leftist thugs threaten the very foundations of this nation."

    Only an idiot would believe that comment. Did you say the same about Bush the Lesser, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, LBJ, and others? If not you are a complete hypocrite. The only thugs I know of are the idiot pundits corrupting television and radio broadcasts with their fearmongering nonsense. "They are coming to take your guns and bibles, locking you up in FEMA camps" is what morons buy into. It's no wonder the GOP is fractured, the crazies versus the level headed sane.

  18. In reference to the 2nd amendment, lvfacts101 (Jerry Fink) commented, at 7:16 a.m: "What other Constitutional Right is under constant assault by the Commie-lites of the left? Not one that I can think of."

    Now let's look at the rights under constant assault by the right (I won't bother with the optional insults...).

    1st - particularly the rights to free speech and the right to assemble.

    2nd - going back to the late 1930s when an individual's right to carry certain shotguns was curtailed.

    3rd - Nope - it's not been tried. Yet.

    4th - how many warrantless searches of telephone records are performed daily?

    5th - When do the detainees at Gitmo finally end before a Grand Jury?

    6th - Just exactly WHEN are the Gitmo detainees going to go to trial?

    7th - Try asking for a jury trial for passing a $30 hot check.

    8th - Waterboarding isn't inflicting a "cruel and unusual punishment" - after all the Spanish Inquisition used it, so it CAN'T by unusual.

    9th - The right to privacy is not specifically enumerated, but it certainly is often denied!

    Sorry, I have much more, but I'm out of time.

  19. Vernos--only an idiot would not believe it.

  20. Can't we all agree that each President and each Congress does some lying to the American people?

    Can't we also agree that most members of Congress of each party put their own career ambitions and those of the party they belong to far above the good of the nation?

    I watch this constant bickering back and forth and I picture the leadership of each of our major parties sitting back and patting themselves on the back and saying....'As long as these people keep arguing over which of our parties is worse, we have a green light to keep putting our interests before those of the nation'.

    Geeze!!!

    Michael