It's no surprise that the NRA isn't your father's NRA ("The NRA's Sharp Turn to the Right" Feb. 24 Perspectives). The NRA is under competitive pressure from other gun-rights organizations, such as Gun Owners of America and the Second Amendment Foundation, to strengthen its positions. I believe these organizations reflect the views of the public at large.
Public opinion seems to say that government isn't your father's government. The latest nominee for CIA director refuses to answer if he thinks government should be allowed to secretly kill U.S. citizens on U.S. soil without review or due process. This parallels government instituting speech-limited zones where convenient without question. And government won't even rule out domestic drone strikes. That's troubling beyond the fact that government doesn't always raid the correct house or put a letter in the correct mailbox.
Now we're hearing reports of large ammunition and weapons purchases by non-military government agencies. If threats are so great that these agencies must be armed, then explain these threats so citizens can stand with government. Instead government acts to disarm citizens. Why? This is no longer even remotely our founders' government.