Before I start my rant, I should qualify myself. I am a retired police officer and consider myself to be a responsible gun owner. I am not a NRA member nor do I intend to be.
I am a firm believer in extensive background checks for potential gun owners. This will not end gun violence but if it prevents one nut case from causing harm, it is worth it.
My rant: I was watching CNN news the other day and there was some coverage of the NRA convention in Texas.
One of the speakers made the statement "how many people in Boston wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"
This statement struck me as more than a little off the wall. I can't figure out what would have been accomplished by everyone being armed?
Perhaps he thought that the crowd could have opened fire on a pressure cooker or perhaps they could have put the injured out of their suffering.
I do not understand the cowboy mentality of some of the NRA, and I repeat some. By-in-large the NRA is probably a responsible, well intentioned organization, but they should pay a little more attention to the ridiculous statements made by their leaders. Statements like the above give people with a little intelligence the impression that the NRA are a bunch of ignorant rednecks waving their fists in the air. A sad commentary.