Lob­by­ing to sell more weapons

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing Dana Milbank’s Jan. 31 Washington Sketch col­umn, “NRA’s LaPierre can’t shove aside re­al­ity”:

Most of us saw an un­speak­able tragedy on Dec. 14 in New­town, Conn. Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Wayne LaPierre ap­par­ently saw an op­por­tu­nity.

Arm­ing teach­ers and staff in all schools would mean even more guns sold. The slaugh­ter of 20 first-graders, the im­pas­sioned tes­ti­mony of a former con­gress­woman de­bil­i­tated by a shot to the head, the logic of back­ground checks and lim­its on the sale of as­sault weapons and high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines — none of that swayed Mr. LaPierre.

This is not sur­pris­ing. The pur­pose of NRA lob­by­ing is to help the firearms in­dus­try sell more weapons and am­mu­ni­tion. In­di­vid­ual NRA mem­bers can be used to yell “self-de­fense” or “Sec­ond Amend­ment” as a smoke screen.

Sadly, un­til we have strict, en­force­able fed­eral laws, the fear and car­nage will con­tinue.

Aileen Worthington, Washington

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