Letter: NRA’s call no stranger than banning guns
Op-Ed · January 12, 2013

As a new NRA member I was disappointed to hear Wayne LaPierre’s crazy recommendation that armed guards be placed in schools.
But as I thought about LaPierre’s suggestion it became apparent that his idea was no less ridiculous than the thought that banning guns would make our schools safer.

Besides, Bill Clinton already suggested the idea of armed school guards. Growing up in Chicago in the 70’s, we always had armed Chicago police officers in my high school, and yet Chicago has some of the strictest guns laws. Some schools have armed police on each floor! So how crazy is LaPierre’s recommendation?

As a child I remember being terrified of the riots in Chicago, but was reassured as some gun-nut neighbor loaned his arsenal of assault rifles to my father and the other neighbors: this was our militia.

Visiting England, the evening news was filled with reports of crimes involving robberies and murders with guns. How could this be in a nation that does not allow its citizens to own guns except under lock at shooting ranges and gun clubs?

Over 800 times per day a gun is used legally to protect life and property. On June 22, 2012, a 14-year-old in Arizona protected his younger siblings by shooting a violent home intruder. On Oct. 31, 2012, a 12-year-old girl shot a home intruder in Oklahoma. Maybe it would make liberals happy if these kids were kidnapped, beaten, raped or murdered.

If you don’t like guns, don’t own one. If you don’t want me to have a gun, change the Constitution!

Lynn R. Griebahn, Jr. DDS

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