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This in not my father's NRA

By Michael Spence


March 02, 2018
Friday PM

He was a combat veteran, an expert marksman, and a lifelong member of the NRA. When I was 12 he took me and my brother out to the sand dunes to practice shooting at tin cans. Before shooting, we learned from him how to carry, clean, and handle a .22 rifle, a shotgun, and a .45 automatic pistol. The rules he taught were ones right out of the NRA manual:

Always carry and store the gun with a safety on.
Never leave a loaded gun unattended.
Never point a gun at another person.

Today's NRA preaches a completely different protocol:

Guns are for pointing and shooting at people.
Everyone should have one ready and loaded in their pocket or a drawer.
The Constitution says gun owners are entitled to overthrow the government or conduct armed protests against laws they don't agree with.

The present-day NRA could not be more different from the gun safety organization of decades ago. It has morphed into a political lobby machine that spews propaganda advocating violence and a twisted interpretation of the laws of our country. This NRA confronts peace-loving Americans every day with its vile in-your-face rhetoric.

Michael Spence
Ketchikan, Alaska



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Received March 02, 2018 - Published March 02, 2018

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