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NRA has grip on lawmakers

Twelve years ago Republicans let the assault weapons ban expire. That ban started in California when a man shot up a school yard with an AK-47. The ban is gone and it’s water under the bridge, but I expect some accountability from Republicans who are controlled by the National Rifle Association.

The NRA has in effect banned access to our representatives. They bought out the market on lawmakers leaving us with no representation.

The result is that any person armed with an AR-15 can kill people in mass numbers, including the police. Four years ago, a man set his house on fire and then shot the firefighters that responded.

In an instant one of the NRA’s law-abiding gun owners can turn on us and shoot us dead. That’s not the freedom they keep yapping about. Freedom doesn’t mean free to kill a bunch of fellow citizens because a gun owner has a social or political issue that drives him insane.

The police weren’t able to defend themselves with their guns, so the NRA good guy with a gun stopping the bad guy with a gun failed. The NRA has brought death to our streets.

Pete Scobby

Newport



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