To the Editor:
On Dec. 20, the vice president of the National Rifle Association appeared on television and informed the country that the NRA has 4 million members. As the voice of these members, he called for the immediate stationing of armed guards in every schoolhouse in America. He implied that because the NRA has 4 million members, it has a clear mandate to demand of Congress that it follow the legislative edicts of the NRA.
As of today, the population of the United States is about 315 million people. Upon doing the math, one discovers that the NRA represents 1.2 percent of the U.S. population. This is not a percentage that should mandate anything.
Why does Congress bend to the wishes of the NRA? The NRA does not represent the majority of Americans. Does the NRA buy the votes of our legislators with re-election money? Does every congressman or senator carry an NRA membership card? These are questions one does not like to entertain. But given recent behavior of our legislators (national, state, and local) one begins to wonder.
I, for one, am sick of the bellicose rhetoric of the National Rifle Association.
Our senators and representatives should stand and deliver thoughtful and sensible gun legislation that follows and benefits the majority of American people.
William C. Stone