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It’s all about money, not safety


I thought the SAFE law was about public safety and individual rights. But it’s not. Like many things, it’s about money. The gun manufacturers can make about $30 to $50 on a rifle or shotgun, but $500 to $700 on an AR-15, Bushmaster or assault rife. Would you rather have $30 or $700? The more assault rifles they sell, the richer they become. Then pay Wayne LaPierre of the NRA to fire up his membership over rights. Well done, gun manufacturers. Like a magician, they have focused our attention on one hand by doing sleight-of-hand with the other. Nevermind the 20 6-year-olds who died in Newtown, Conn. You don’t need a conscience when money is involved. Perhaps we could get another “The Jungle” from this.

These weapons were banned by Congress from 1994 to 2004. Where was the uproar then? In 2006, the gun manufacturers put a rider on a bill exempting them from all lawsuits. It passed into law. Well done, gun manufacturers. No other industry has accomplished this. So far this year about 2,500 people have died as a result of gun violence. We have gone from law and order to the wild, wild West. We must stop this madness now.

We teach children in school not to bully. However, in real life, bullying and intimidation do succeed. The NRA has bullied their members, and they have intimidated our legislators. Although they are in the minority, their loud and boisterous actions have prevailed. They will probably attack me because of my views, but they are bullies.

Dwayne L. Martin


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