NRA stands up for our rights

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion -

Ed­i­tor: This let­ter is in re­sponse to a re­cent ar­ti­cle by Ken Binga­man. First, I would like to thank him for his ser­vice in Viet­nam. I do, how­ever, dis­agree with his “Time to take ac­tion on guns.”

Mr. Binga­man says that politi­cians should stand up to the NRA. Mr. Binga­man, I am the NRA; I have been a mem­ber for over 30 years. As an avid hunter, com­pe­ti­tion shooter, for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer and out­doors­man the NRA stands up for my Sec­ond Amend­ment rights when no one else has!

The vast ma­jor­ity of gun own­ers are law-abid­ing cit­i­zens. Most crim­i­nals get their guns il­le­gally (theft for ex­am­ple). Yes, there are heinous acts com­mit­ted with firearms, but so has there been with knives, cars and tire irons.

We live in a sup­posed free so­ci­ety and not in a po­lice state. Right now we have thou­sands of laws re­gard­ing firearms, none of which is go­ing to stop a de­ter­mined per­son from crim­i­nal be­hav­ior. You would have to to­tally out­law all firearms and go door to door to con­fis­cate the ones al­ready out there; are you ready for that kind of po­lice state?

There are, ac­cord­ing to best es­ti­mates, over 300 mil­lion-plus firearms in cir­cu­la­tion. Can’t con­fis­cate all of them. I do re­spect your right not to own firearms, but what trou­bles me is your com­ment of “I feel I own noth­ing that is worth a hu­man life.”

What about your own life; or the lives of your loved ones ? In Lodi, ac­cord­ing to their dis­patch, the av­er­age re­sponse time to a 911 emer­gency call is about 3-5 min­utes. That is an eter­nity in an emer­gency. Only you, and you alone, are re­spon­si­ble for your safety, not the po­lice, or the gov­ern­ment. Firearm own­er­ship is our con­sti­tu­tional right, much to the cha­grin of the anti-gun­ners. KEN WINCHELL Lock­e­ford

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