To the Editor:
When a deranged person like Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, randomly kills and wounds hundreds of people, the immediate reaction in Congress from politicians and pundits is to invoke the National Rifle Association as the problem.
Yes, the NRA is a lobbying group, but it lobbies for our freedom to bear arms …. to protect the 2nd Amendment of our Bill of Rights. Beyond that mission the NRA teaches about types of guns that are legal, promotes gun safety and educates young and old about gun use. Read their magazine America’s 1st Freedom and you will understand the inoffensive scope and flavor of this organization.
There is no valid reason to cite the NRA as the reason we have gun violence in this country. If you revisit the killing incidents in recent years, you will find the shooters are deranged as in Sandy Hook, domestic terrorists, or ideological terrorists such as the radical Islamists in San Bernardino.
So, leftists and Democrats especially jump right out to denounce the NRA when there is a shooting incident. Yet they are in full support of Planned Parenthood, an organization that really does kill. They abort., i.e., kill babies … sell baby parts and condone killing babies even at 20 weeks of a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in federal and state money via Medicaid and Title X funding. You will hear that money is used for women’s preventive health and screening procedures. But, that payment to Planned Parenthood leaves them free to use private monies received, approximately $400 million, to fund their abortion clinics.
The NRA, an organization that does not kill but is a support for constitutional freedom, is railed against by members of Congress while Planned Parenthood, an organization that actually does kill, receives strong support from members of Congress. Go figure.