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Letter: Our national crisis


Monday, March 12, 2018
Our national crisis

Our country is at a crisis point from shootings in public venues and schools, resulting in massive loss of lives, injuries, and an incalculable emotional toll upon families, friends and bystander witnesses.

The common denominator to these tragedies is assault weapons, rifles and pistols, designed for random, indiscriminate taking of human lives.

The NRA has declared its mandate to protect private ownership of assault weapons, and it’s time for this senseless position to end.

The NRA was founded in 1871 by Civil War generals dismayed by the poor marksmanship of their troops. Its current mission – “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States . . . referencing the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms” – is a presumptive transition in purpose since the U.S. government has been doing this for 200-plus years.

Let’s begin the process with three words: courage, conscience and conviction.

Courage: To students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, continue aggressive confrontation for ending private ownership of assault weapons, with your courage matched by students from schools throughout the country. Be the catalyst for this change.

Conscience: To NRA members appalled by the organization’s stance on assault weapons, let conscience drive your voices to be heard that you do not support advocacy for private ownership of weapons designed for mass killings.

Conviction: That elected members of municipalities, states and the congressional branches in Washington have the conviction to follow their will, and that of their constituents, by taking a stand for the removal of assault weapons from private ownership.

JAY HAINES

Concord