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Letters: Narrowing the NRA

May 07, 2013
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Houston on Friday.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting… (Justin Sullivan / Getty…)

Re "Both sides of debate at NRA convention," May 4

When the National Rifle Assn. backed improved background checks on gun buyers in the 1990s, the organization truly was nonpartisan. Time and money have changed that.

Witness the lineup of speakers at the NRA's annual convention over the weekend. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and others represent only the most conservative factions of the Republican Party. Whatever semblance of balance that existed at the NRA has been replaced by hyperpartisanship.

If the NRA ever wishes to reverse course, it should start by inviting GOP Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, John McCain of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine to speak next year. They were the only Republican senators to vote in April in favor of expanded background checks.

A real cross-section of GOP speakers talking up the NRA — wouldn't that be something?

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach

Palin is quoted as saying, "We have these tragedies like Aurora, and immediately the question asked in Washington is 'What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?'" Actually, the question asked by "Washington," parents and the majority of Americans is how to protect our loved ones.

The majority of Americans support background checks. Rather than representing middle America, the NRA convention attendees represent a small fringe group.

These people are entitled to their beliefs, but this is a democracy, and the majority ought to rule.

Kassie Evashevski

Los Angeles

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