If the NRA spends large sums of money on lobbying, it’s because millions of Americans donate money to the cause. If the NRA is politically powerful, it’s because millions of Americans take note of the voting records of their representatives and respond accordingly at election time.
In short, gun owners have participated in the political process and have obtained the laws they wished to have. Isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work?
Michael Hutson, Minneapolis
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The argument propagated by opponents of any form of gun control that proponents are “using” emotion rather than reason (Readers Write, April 22) is a total canard. Of course emotion is, and should be, involved. How can one react to the horrific murders of thousands of innocents every year — more than any other nation per capita — with anything other than emotion?
With the U.S. Senate’s display of disheartening cowardice in the face of a demagogic minority, how can anyone say that the NRA’s motto about prying guns from cold dead hands isn’t far more emotional — and fanatical — than any reference to the senseless killings by gun that are perpetrated every single day in this “exceptional” country?
The blood of future innocent victims is on the hands of every heartless individual and organization who would belittle those victims’ survivors for wanting an end to the needless massacres.
Kevin Driscoll, St. Paul
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Democrats also good at twisting words
When small-business owners express concern about raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour and its effect on prices and jobs, a Democrat hears: You hate poor people.
When a person stands up for unborn children who have no choice, a Democrat hears: You hate women.
When a person expresses concerns about the morality of homosexuality, a Democrat hears: You hate gay people.
When a person dares to talk about immigration policy and how it might affect our country, a Democrat hears: You are a racist.
It looks like selective hearing is an issue for more than just Republicans (Readers Write, April 22). How about we all try to listen better?
Don Mussell, Eden Prairie
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