YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor April 16, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Citizens’ voices raised on gun control issues
Calm down; relax; get over your paranoia of your Second Amendment rights being violated.
The American people are simply making their voices heard. They’ve had enough and want sensible gun legislation.
Following the massacres in Arizona, Colorado and other areas, was Newtown, Connecticut the straw that broke the camel’s back? For me, this hit particularly close to home, as Connecticut is my birthplace.
Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, is beside himself over thoughts of any type of gun reform; yet at one time, he adamantly supported background checks and closing loop holes for gun purchases. So, why the “about face” now?
Things have changed for LaPierre. He’s being challenged and confronted in a manner to which he is not accustomed. He’s always had the upper hand and called all the shots. (no pun intended.)
Now the tables are turning. Citizens are fed up and aren’t going away.
This has nothing to do with Second Amendment rights, but has everything to do with common sense and responsibility. Somehow, we’ve lost that.
The NRA does not represent the gun owner; rather, they are supportive of the gun industry. There is a difference.
If you are unable to defend yourself without a weapon that could remove the side of your house, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your thinking.
The NRA’s proposed solution to safeguarding schools is through arming teachers. Do the math. Where would the gun be stored? Would it be on the desk free to the hands of students? Would it be kept in a secure location? Imagine another Adam Lanza strolling in and by the time the teacher finds the gun, she and the entire classroom will be chipped beef on toast.
Kathy Fealhaber
Tupelo