LETTER: The NRA’s trying a ‘bait and switch’

  • Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 7:51 a.m.

The NRA’s trying a ‘bait and switch’

Just when we thought the National Rifle Association was beginning to come out of the shadows, they showed their reprehensible intentions. Ultimately, the NRA is the business generator for the weapons and ammunition industries. The current bait-and-switch escapade demonstrates this. The “bait” part is the unspoken acceptance of a gun control bill developed by a bipartisan senate coalition. There was an indication the NRA would back off grading the votes on such a bill provided it excluded a ban on both assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. This left a greatly reduced bill with only a universal background check to purchase a gun at a gun show. At-risk Republican and Democratic senators felt secure enough to garner more than 60 votes for cloture to begin debate on said bill with the assumed protection from recrimination by the NRA.

The “switch” part is the proposed NRA grading of the votes for passing the now watered down impotent “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act”. Knowing that the vote is now graded causes those at-risk senators to retreat from approving this anemic piece of legislation, insuring a win-win for the NRA. If the bill does become approved and is sent to the House for debate, a very weak bill could potentially become law, and the NRA wins. If the bill fails, the NRA also wins.

Don’t get me wrong. A weak bill becoming law is better than no law. There are many aspects concerned with the need for gun safety laws, and a stronger background check is a step in the right direction. But one gets the feeling that the NRA played the government like a cheap banjo. And that is just what the NRA is all about. The fewer and weaker gun safety laws in this country assure a larger pay day for the weapons and ammunition industries.

Tom Walters

Aiken

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