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Listen to people who know: NRA


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A recent editorial advised North Carolina’s U.S. senators to ignore the world’s authority on firearm safety and listen to high school students. This raises multiple concerns.

First, those who believe the students in question are the ones actually communicating, and who arranged for hundreds to travel to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.. within hours of last month’s atrocity, need to work on critical thinking skills. Those activities were readied in advance for the next predictable attack on defenseless students trapped in a gun free zone school. Government failure at federal and local levels contributed to an extent it’s hard to imagine how the situation could have intentionally been made worse.

The recent gun control “protests” are funded by a few billionaires who donate tens of millions annually. Michael Bloomberg alone claims to contribute $50 million annually. This level of funding dwarfs the NRA’s that the editorial criticized. And NRA represents millions of Americans. Who does Bloomberg represent? Who should U.S. senators listen to?

Imagining that banning particular firearms will protect students is wishful thinking. People made defenseless by their government will never be difficult to murder by any means. Even if such a ban could be effective, it would be impossible under the current U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court has clearly ruled that firearms in common use for lawful purposes are protected by the second amendment. Thus, the ban currently being agitated for is only possible following repeal of part of the original Bill of Rights — that is in a practical sense impossible.

So how do we protect people? No longer herding them into well-publicized gun free zones would solve most problems overnight. It seems that some prefer murders to this commonsense approach. If so, who has (according to talking points recently uttered by high school students) blood on their hands?

Ken Soderstrom



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