Standing up to the NRA
NRA: Three initials that cause even politicians who should know better to kowtow.
Now the tide may be turning. The governors and legislators of Colorado and New York have recently demonstrated their courage and concern for their citizens by passing strong gun control measures. And now New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to use his own personal fortune to counter the NRA’s pernicious publicizing, that shamelessly plays to racism, nationalism and atavistic fears of invasion.
The NRA claims to have about 4 million members. If that count is true, it comes out to just slightly more than 1 percent of the population of the U.S. The question we should all be asking is, are we going to continue to allow a negligible minority to control our government by threatening our representatives — let me say that again: our representatives — with withdrawal of support?
The answer with which we 99 percent should be responding is, absolutely not. The NRA should be, must be, marginalized and its power broken. That will only happen if we join our voices to those in Colorado and New York in demanding our congressional delegations hear all the rest of us and not a niggling 1 percent.
RICHARD L. BROWN