NRA Does Not Support Terrorism

This is in response to the article in the readers forum “NRA SUPPORTS WHITE AMERICAN TERRORISTS.” I was not going to respond to such a ridiculous and incendiary article but then I got to thinking. Why did the writer frame the title “White American Terrorists” and not just “American Terrorists”? Is there some hidden meaning there or is it just plain ignorance? It was a shameful and frightening display of one’s attitude and had no place being submitting especially in such close proximity to Memorial Day. There is no other way to describe the article other than repulsive nonsense. First and foremost we have to define the word terrorist. A terrorist is a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of a political aim. The NRA does not condone such violence and even the most leftist of individuals understand that.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country armed forces. We are the same people who carried guns, went into combat, risked our lives, died, got wounded and crippled, lost limbs, and joined the NRA so someone like the writer could spew his prevision. The NRA members are not exclusively “White Americans”. We are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Native Hawaiian and any other ethnic group you can think of. And for your information none of us support terrorism. There goal, of course, is to protect our second amendment rights.

There are several other groups that are gathering substantial memberships right behind the NRA. Some are so extreme that even the NRA won’t go near them. The Revolution PAC, Second Amendment Foundation, Women Warriors PAC, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, (CCRKBA), Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights, to mention a few. So why did you pick the NRA for your racially slanted article?

On May 25, 2018 a man walked into the Louie’s restaurant in Oklahoma City and opened fire with a gun. Two people were shot. A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him. I guess the bystander could by, his definition, be classified as a terrorist if he was a member of the NRA. Be careful how you categorize people. One of your so called “WHITE AMERICAN TERRORISTS” just might save your life some day.

The next time you write an article about a subject please provide some solutions to the problem and not just criticism. As I have said before with no probable solutions you become part of the problem. Might I recommend reading a book by Professor R. J. Rummel “Death by Gun Control” which examines it’s meaning, it’s purposes, and it’s effects. Disarmed people are neither free nor safe!

Bruce Piatz is a Jamestown resident.