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Gun industry Houdini

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Recently, I overheard two men confirming their belief that the president intends to “get rid of” the Second Amendment. The most disappointing part of this is that two grown men could be so ill-informed.

Any action involving Constitutional amendments, whether enacting or repealing, requires the agreement of two-thirds of each house of Congress as well as three quarters of the 50 state legislatures. Not only is there no part for the president in this process, but this is a Congress that would not even pass more stringent background checks, much less repeal the Second Amendment.

The primary source of this paranoia is the NRA and the misconception that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is working for the gun owners of America. In reality, Mr. LaPierre is nothing more than a shill for ammunition manufacturers. His job is to keep gun owners angry (and buying), and to keep the focus on the NRA.

Whenever gun violence gets the attention of the public, the NRA immediately responds in order to become the target of the public’s reaction. The names of companies that manufacture and distribute the tools of that violence are never mentioned. His ability to keep the cloak of invisibility over the purveyors of mayhem makes him the Houdini of the death industry.

Walter Enoch


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