Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

January 25, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/25/2013

An excellent franchise

Wayne Lapierre and his National Rifle Association have an excellent franchise; they sell fear and they do that superbly.

When you're frightened of either crime or your government you buy a gun or maybe 10. Lapierre makes about a million dollars a year as executive vice president of the NRA and has held that job for over 20 years.

The 4 million dues-paying members are carefully informed about the current crime or government outrage. Gun sales are skyrocketing. Gun manufacturers, both foreign and domestic, contribute another $80 million to help support NRA's lobbying efforts against gun control.

Lapierre tells us that we need armed guards in our schools to keep the kids safe; an armed deputy at Columbine was joined by another officer, but with semi-automatic weapons the kids and the shooters were dead before these policemen could be effective.

The Newtown shooter's mother had trained with her personal weapons; he killed her first, then stole her guns.

Their mantra is "law-abiding citizens." All inmates in Jackson Prison were once "law-abiding citizens—¦ until they weren't. The Texas Tower sniper who killed 14 and wounded 32 was an Eagle Scout and a "law-abiding citizen" — until one day he wasn't.

Henry E. Klugh

Traverse City

1
Text Only

Opinion Poll
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest