NRA convention

Posted Wednesday, May. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints



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Hosting the National Rifle Association’s convention in our state is nothing short of appalling.

The fact that our governor equates freedom with the ability to put 30 bullets through 30 souls in 30 seconds is troubling. The fact that one of our senators promises to oppose democracy by denying a straight vote on background checks reveals his contempt toward our country’s ideals.

The NRA’s Chris Cox sadly trivializes the senseless gun massacre of 20 students and three educators while calling those who are open to discussing gun control “opportunists.”

And NRA leader Wayne LaPierre continues to be a master of deception, preying on emotions and ignorance. His assertion that background checks would go against “everything we care about” is quite the hyperbole. And his proposals to curb gun violence are laughable and already have proven ineffective.

Lawmakers present at the convention could lend their effort toward policies that benefit us all, such as healthcare reform, public education or a livable minimum wage. They choose not to.

However, they gleefully gather in a celebratory atmosphere, championing and honoring an instrument that has one primary purpose when used as intended: to kill.

— William Hiett,


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