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Ridiculous blame on gunowners

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

To my friends, relatives and people I have worked with, it will no doubt come a great surprise that I am one of the most hated persons in America. And to some I am responsible for the school shooting in Florida. Why? Because I am a gun owner and a proud member of the NRA. 

I own a number of weapons for personal and home protection. And I do enjoy taking a firearm to the range and honing my skills. I suppose I developed these interests from my dad at an early age. My family is an example of the evil gun culture spoken about so often by left-wing politicians and their mouthpieces in the mainstream press.

So for some reason it's my fault a mentally deranged young man entered the school and took 17 lives. It's not the fault of the law enforcement officials, from local police all the way to the FBI, who were warned of this dangerous individual and did nothing. It’s not the fault of the deputies, who for the lack of protocol or courage, remained outside while the carnage increased. It's not the fault of the politicians who create "gun-free zones." It's not the fault of the Promise Program, an Obama-era Department of Justice program which kept youthful offenders out of the system which would have prevented this man from purchasing a weapon.

In concluding, I'd like to say that blaming the NRA for gun violence is about as ridiculous as blaming AAA for all deaths in automobile accidents. And to those people who forbid the carrying of legal weapons in their establishment, mall store or office, all you are accomplishing is providing people with evil intent a place to inflict maximum casualties with confidence they will not be opposed. Ninety-eight percent of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones.

Steve Van Cleave

Winterville

             

  

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