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To Whom It May Concern,
I joined the NRA 37 years ago because I was a hunter and believed in the right of responsible people to enjoy firearms. Over the years I have watched the NRA descend into blatantly partisan politics, as exemplified by the speech by Wayne LaPierre at CPAC 2018. I thought the NRA was all about the peaceful use of firearms by civilians in the United States, not petty, bigoted, childish, name-calling. Labeling everyone you fear as ‘socialist’ is a century-old political ploy, and I seriously doubt Mr. LaPierre has any idea what socialist really means. For starters, it’s completely irrelevant in terms of civil rights.
The NRA has consistently failed to propose any viable solutions to reduce the risk of dangerous people getting access to firearms. The recent endorsement of arming elementary school teachers is downright absurd. Do you seriously expect a 50-year-old third grade teacher will confront an armed homicidal teen? Jumping on the ‘bad guy is mentally ill’ bandwagon is no better. Why is this argument never used against non-white terrorists? Are they all miraculously sane, but white terrorists are to be pitied and slapped on the wrist?
The NRA does some good in terms of firearms safety training and supporting shooting sports, but that’s not enough to ease the profound shame I feel of being associated with it.
Therefore, I am cancelling my Endowment – Life membership, effective immediately. Good bye.