The NRA stands with Syria, Iran and North Korea

To all those who sincerely believe they are being virtuous and standing up for the principles of smaller government, I ask you to examine two recent events that indicates that you are being used.

The first example is the National Rifle Association claiming to represent the law-abiding gun owner. Balderdash! Any credence given to the NRA's claim was "shot in the head" by their response to a treaty recently agreed to by the U.S. government. Their response demonstrates that they only represent the gun manufacturers' desire to sell more guns. I urge the law-abiding gun owners to recognize this fact.

The U.S. just signed onto a worldwide treaty that essentially makes it harder for Russia, among others, to sell conventional weapons to Syria and other nefarious states. That treaty was agreed upon by an overwhelming vote in the United Nations. Only three nations voted against it — Syria, Iran and North Korea.

The treaty must now be ratified by the U.S. Senate. Yet the NRA is vociferously opposed to ratification. Now they have joined an outrageous and very select club with Syria, Iran and North Korea. There are some senators who have indicated they too are opposed to ratifying this treaty. Any senator who votes against this treaty will be joining that club. Any person who supports the NRA and supports those senators will be joining that fine club as well. There can now longer be any pretense to what the NRA is all about. Selling more guns, period.

The second incident just occurred. The chant went up "no budget resolution unless Obamacare is defunded!" The supporters of those cries claim dedication to less government, cutting spending and the deficit. Then the opponents of Obamacare proposed to be OK with the budget resolution if it included a break from a provision in Obamacare for a tax on medical device manufactures.

These "virtuous " representatives actually held the budget hostage and perhaps the entire economy hostage in order to obtain a tax break for a favored business and potential contributors to their campaigns.

People, please recognize that many of you are being used. Stand up for as little government involvement in our lives as possible. But when you support those who behave like this, I also urge you to recognize exactly who these representatives actually are and to vote them out and get more responsible representation.

Mel Mintz, Pikesville

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