This letter to the editor I wrote was published in the Medford Mail Tribune:
Pictures of sweet smiles on the little faces of 6 and 7 year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary so reminded me of former little ones I taught. They are the reason I feel compelled to write this.
I have an appeal to parents, families and teachers who own firearms. I would suggest that you consider forming a new gun-ownership organization for sane, responsible citizens.
It is not for me to tell others what to do. And I have lived in Oregon long enough to respect the independent spirit of Oregonians. But perhaps conscientious NRA members could look into financial ties between NRA and weapon manufacturers. Despite their claims to the contrary, industry executives are on the NRA board and according to Bloomberg News, $71 million was given in 2011 alone.
There is a huge conflict of interest there.They use patriotic platitudes to disguise their lucrative relationship.
Amendment II of the Constitution clearly states a “well regulated” militia. A GOP pollster in 2012 found that 74% of NRA members supported background checks for all gun purchases. Perhaps the 74% could burn their NRA membership cards and create an organization that is not led by a fringe of elites who care more for corporate profits than for the safety of your children.