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This is one man's opinion about the National Rifle Association (NRA.) I am a life-long gun enthusiast and former Marine. I taught two of my sons how to shoot (responsibly) and the oldest is a hunter. But having lived in several countries where guns are not allowed or tightly restricted, the number of gun-related deaths in these countries (usually in the single or double digits each year) compared to roughly 30K annually in the USA -- is stunning. I am not opposed to gun ownership (indeed I own a good half dozen myself and wouldn't hesitate for a minute to drop an intruder in my home to protect my family...) but I am opposed to what kind of firearm is available to the public and strongly opposed to lack of control in the selling and buying of firearms. I believe the NRA is largely responsible for straying from its original mandate of gun safety and it's too involved in politics. The counter argument is that the bad guys won't adhere to the rules. True enough. But the reason persons with ill intent have access to guns at all is because the NRA and the gun lobbyists have created an environment that is far too permissive. An environment where a mentally ill teenager can take his mother's assault weapon and slaughter children with it and where virtually anyone can obtain a weapon with little or no background checking. Four US presidents have been assassinated by guns and a fifth was wounded in an attempt on his life. The 2nd Amendment argument rings hollow given it was written at a time when a good rifleman might get 3-4 shots off in a minute and was written with the British crown in mind. At some point, we have to consider the good of society over individual rights. We give up individual rights constantly as members of a church, a company, a military unit, a family. Anyway, this is one man's humble opinion...
A child guns down a lawman in Mississippi,
A social outcast hopes to make his place in history,
A prepper's paranoia keeps the manufactures busy
A politician cut down by a voter feeling angry,
A life cut short in a moment of fury
Gun lobby keeps paying, the victims keep waiting
Come on down to the town hall
The NRA is paying
Politicians are wavering,
Society is grieving....
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