An unfair deflection of blame

Dear Editor:

Never let a crisis go to waste because it will allow you to pass a bill that would never get passed without it. Those are the sentiments of Rahm Emanuel, former Clinton and Obama hatchet man, now mayor of Chicago. That is what the left is doing by blaming AR-15s, the NRA and lawful gun owners for the shooting in Florida.

The horrific event provided anti-gun forces led by Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and numerous well-heeled actors to finance a supposed student uprising against guns. This has been in the planning for a long time just waiting for the crisis to present itself, to blame the NRA.

The NRA has been in existence since the 1870s. It has been teaching safe gun handling since then to arm forces, police and civilians. The NRA has had numerous U.S. presidents as members and on boards and thousands of police officers too.

The left blames the AR-15 or assault rifles or weapons of war as the cause. They feel that there is no need for the AR-15 on our streets. The AR-15 is the most poplar rifle in America. One thing the left misses is we have a Bill of Rights, not a bill of needs. The left also rants that the Second Amendment was written when only single-shot muskets were available and the founders could not have imagined today’s technology. If that is rational, then give up your computer and iPhone and pen your letters with a quill pen and have it delivered on horseback.

This whole incident is an effort to get the left’s agenda passed and deflect blame on the failing of their policies that actually allowed this crisis to occur. Government failed at every turn and no one is saying it, but rather they are blaming the NRA and its 5 million members.

Lastly, when was the last time you valued the demands of a 15-, 16- or 17-year-old on a vital subject around your house? Not here. These kids don’t realize the government failed to protect them right down the line. Obama had a policy that allowed troubled kids to be rotated from school to school instead of jail. There was no background check info entered into NCIS because of this. The local police, FBI and mental health system failed in this case. Why is the blame being deflected to institutions that are blameless?

Don Loncto

Fletchers Landing

NRA Life member

retired police officer

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