In response to the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre, I say thank you ["NRA: More guns," News, Dec. 22]. You have made the job of halting the spread of our nation's gun culture easier by showing us all that the NRA is a backward, outdated, foolish organization that should be paid no heed whatsoever.
James Madison and other constitutional founders intended the Second Amendment to allow people to protect themselves from everyday dangers like the frontier, from government itself in the event it became destructive, and from the possibility that the British might come back, which they did 21 years after the amendment was ratified. Our founders could not have envisioned the high-powered, automatic military weapons being sold and carried about so freely today, the kind used by Adam Lanza and purchased legally by his mom.
The Second Amendment is 221 years old, and it was written at a time when the entire country had fewer people than do Nassau and Suffolk counties today. Newtown, Conn., has shown us that it must be reinterpreted.
Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher and a former Army officer.
The NRA might be on to something by recommending that the best way to protect the nation's children is to have armed guards at the doors of every school in America. But wait a minute -- what if the gunman enters the building through another door? Do we also need other armed guards who roam the buildings looking for break-ins?
And let's not forget that children come together on soccer fields and other sporting events. We will need armed guards there too? If kids gather for a birthday party, also a potential danger, should we require someone with an assault weapon as least as powerful as a potential gunman's?
It seems that the NRA has not thought this idea through. Or, scarily, maybe it has!
Judith Ritterman, Holbrook
Leave it to the NRA to capitalize on the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Its answer to too many guns on the street is more guns on the street.
It's bad enough that the sale of assault weapons is booming due to the possibility that they may be banned, but now we are being encouraged to turn our schools into prisons with armed guards. Let's hope that our government finds the courage to ignore the NRA and do the right thing.
It's time to stop the weapons free-for-all and send the message that this will no longer be tolerated.
Gail Michos, Floral Park
The comments of Wayne LaPierre are the epitome of insensitivity. The NRA would have been better off not issuing any comment.
James J. McCormick, East Northport
Wayne LaPierre said nothing about legal access to semiautomatic guns and high-capacity clips, which were used in the Newtown tragedy.
The NRA is a lobbying group that has not supported any gun control measures, even after the killings of innocent people in Aurora, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., and at Virginia Tech. The NRA destroys the political ambitions of any candidate, especially in the Midwest, the South and the West, who opposes them.
Why do 4 million NRA members control our nation?
Carol Swenson, Lake Grove