When I called NRA headquarters trying to get a comment on this latest horrific tragedy, their on-hold message was a screed against Barack Obama. As I listened to the ranting, I had a vision of the best and the brightest at the NRA, huddled in a room trying to come up with a message. I can just hear them coming out and saying that if those five-year-olds had been allowed to carry guns to school this tragedy would never have happened or, at least, wouldn’t have had so many “casualties.”
When I got someone on the phone the woman started ranting about Second Amendment rights. I asked her about the rights of those families to send their babies to school and expect them to come home alive. I was promptly disconnected.
Perhaps it’s time for a wall of shame, detailing every legislator’s campaign contributions from the gun lobbyists and voting records on senseless gun policies. This isn’t a gun control issue; this is a public safety issue. I no longer feel safe and as the body count keeps rising, we need to band together as a nation to push the NRA and their cronies into disgraceful irrelevance.
Kim Garvy, Fort Lauderdale