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NRA should not be scapegoat for gun violence

03 Avril 2018

"They say tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence".

Donations to the National Rifle Association, the country's leading gun rights advocacy organization, have tripled since the February 14 shooting at the Parkland, Fla., high school, coming in response to the political left and their media allies blaming the NRA for the tragedy.

He said most Americans agree that there should be a crackdown on tougher background checks on gun buyers and "bump stocks".

He's taken a look recently at the current movement we are in now. After so many senseless tragedies in this country in schools, movie theaters, churches, and concerts, young people were making their voices heard for a safer America.

There are many complicated factors involved that can lead to someone choosing to bring a gun to a school and wantonly kill those who cross their paths. He not only voted for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, he co-authored it.

Eliminate restrictions on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, such as statutory requirements that federal gun databases be "nonsearchable".

Guns make it onto school campuses because they are pervasive in our community - everybody's carrying weapons, the lawman said.

While hundreds of thousands of marchers walked streets in cities across the globe, the main protest was located in Washington D.C., where an estimated 180,000 people marched, according to The New York Times. Many agree the real issue is not reliant upon increasing waiting periods, age and magazine limits.

Earlier this week, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times urging a repeal of the Second Amendment. You want to make schools safe? He noted there have been no mass school shootings locally, though the number of homicides that result from gun violence increases every year. That's where the Legislature concentrated its efforts. The bill now returns to the state Senate for final passage. Pro-gun groups routinely listed Vermont as one of the friendlier states for gun owners based on their lack of gun laws, and the National Rifle Association gave Gov. Phil Scott (R) a 93 percent rating during his 2016 campaign.

The way Vermont has addressed this issue should be an example to governing bodies all across the country.

Pierce and other participants said they hoped their march, though not large, helped raise awareness throughout town.

Post-Star editorials represent the opinion of The Post-Star's editorial board, which consists of Publisher Robert Forcey, Controller/Operations Director Brian Corcoran, Editor Ken Tingley, Projects Editor Will Doolittle and citizen representatives Carol Merchant, Eric Mondschein and Bob Tatko.

NRA should not be scapegoat for gun violence