The NRA directs public policy at citizens’ expense

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Here we go again! It’s been less than two years since the most heart-wrenching episode of my lifetime (the shootings of children and school personnel in Newtown, Conn.) and our state Legislature sees fit to propose a bill that would weaken Pennsylvania gun laws even further than they already are (“Bill Gives Clout to Firearms Groups,” March 19).

House Bill 2011, which seeks to block any local requirement to report stolen and lost firearms, is designed by the National Rifle Association, endorsed by the NRA and, it seems, our elected officials are paid by the NRA. How else does one explain how such a bill could make its way toward the floor for a vote? It makes no sense to debate this bill in this space, because it is not being proposed on its supposed merits — it has none!

As long as we have a political system where our elected officials are more concerned with being re-elected than they are with doing the right thing, special interest groups like the NRA will continue to direct public policy at the public’s expense. The only solution to this problem would be term limits, but since the powers that be will never allow this to happen, it is time to take matters into our hands and “vote the bums out of office” after one term.


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