Letter: NRA doesn't care about gun deaths

Albert Einstein once said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Most people want to live in a society that has police protection from invaders and armed forces to protect the security of the nation. They want to live without fear in a civilized country. They don’t want to live in a country reminiscent of the old West, in which people wear guns into stores, churches, schools and bars, and citizens constantly have to be worried about their safety.

The NRA represents gun manufacturers who benefit financially from selling guns. More murder in America is good for their business. Why? The NRA is able to stir up fear that someone may murder you or may take away your gun, arguing more guns are the answer. The NRA and gun manufacturers profit from the death of children and adults by murder. This is apparent from the increased gun sales that occurred after the mass murder of children in Newtown, Conn., and other publicized mass murders.

The NRA is against banning assault weapons used in mass murders and on police officers. They are against mandatory background checks at gun shows to reduce the number of criminals and people with mental illness from getting guns.

The Business Insider reported data from the Center for Responsive Politics that the NRA Institute for Legislative Action spent $7.5 million in the 2012 general elections on 66 candidates and the NRA PAC spent $9.5 million. There are an estimated 300 million guns in the USA.

A UCLA study that compared gun deaths in children 0-14 years of age from 23 developed countries found that 87 percent of deaths from all countries occurred in the United States. If we did not allow access to guns by people who shouldn’t have them, then we wouldn’t have the number of murders we have.

We don’t allow certain people to have a driver’s license, e.g. we don’t give a 9-year-old the car keys. If a 9-year-old had an accident because his or her parent gave him the car keys, we would hold the parent responsible, not the 9-year-old. If we allow someone who has mental problems to have easy access to an assault weapon at a gun show and murder people, it’s the NRA and other legislators who have allowed this to occur and who are responsible.

The NRA’s major worry is not about hunting rifles and making sure that hunters have good places to hunt. Their major interest is in selling more guns. To the NRA, children and adults who are murdered are just a small price that they are very willing to pay.

Robert Kraemer

professor

Hammond