To the Editor:
Few would dispute the National Rifle Association’s veto power over gun legislation. Yet, each time we suffer another tragedy delivered by a firearm, it renews the hope that this one will be the one that finally will spur action. In order to achieve that action, something more than the body count must change. We need a Congress free to vote its humanitarian conscience rather than its political fears.
The NRA claims to have about 5 million members. A one-year membership costs $40. If you really favor effective legislation that can mitigate our current rate of slaughter, join the NRA.
Twenty million new members who believe that the rigid attitude of the NRA is not in the best interest of our country can move the organization in a more moderate direction. Once you have the votes to remove Wayne La Pierre, you will have the power to release Congress from its bondage. It’s an old strategy – “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”