Like many Americans, I grew up with guns. My father was an avid hunter, and from a very young age he taught my older brother and myself the responsibility that comes with handling a weapon. Everything you did with the gun – from carrying it to cleaning it to firing it – was to be done safely. My dad (and later my brother) were members of the NRA. We got the magazine every month, and while there were a few articles about gun rights, most of it was about hunting, sport shooting, and safety. That was decades ago, though, and while I don’t know yet how the NRA has or will respond to the Colorado massacre, here is how I (in the spirit of the organization I once knew) would respond:
“Following the recent terrible events in Aurora, Colorado, the name of our organization has come up many times already. Some people wish to demonize us or assign blame, and some simply want to hear what we have to say about the tragedy. This, then, is what we have to say. We agree with the President and other commentators that now is not the time to politicize this incident. In fact there will never be a proper time to politicize such an unspeakable act. Now is also not the time to debate gun laws. This might seem surprising coming from an organization such as ours, but we feel that now is the time to mourn the dead, tend to the wounded, and reflect upon this terrible tragedy. Click Link Below for full Story!