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The cold-hearted dictators of the NRA

I read Rachel Marsden's commentary ("In NRA-land, we are still crack shots and cold killers," Jan. 1) with interest. I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Marsden and offer the following:

Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association's solution to have armed guards at all schools is as insane as governments around the world deciding to abandon nuclear disarmament and allowing every nation to have nuclear weapons. When one country threatens another country, the whole world can bomb the offending country into oblivion. It is a good thing the NRA was not an adviser to all of our past and present presidents on nuclear disarmament.

I ask the gun lobby to look at the Second Amendment in light of the times when it was written. We were in the midst of a revolution going up against a vastly superior force. Some might even say it was the best of its time. We needed every gun, bow and arrow or sling shot we could get our hands on to fight for our freedom. I have no doubt that if the founding fathers were to write the Second Amendment today it would be worded very differently. Times have changed since this great country was founded, and we should have the foresight, will and intelligence to mold ourselves to the changing times without giving up our principles. Guns for hunting, for marksmanship or target practice, etc., I don't believe most people will object. However, there is no sane reason to own assault weapons or high-capacity clips other than to commit mass murders of innocent people.

If the killings in Connecticut were not able to change Mr. LaPierre's thinking, then his heart is as cold as that of Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein or any one of the numerous dictators that have come down through history and killed and tortured people without any remorse.

Nosh Cama, Jarrettsville

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