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October 21, 2017

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The NRA is the tip of the iceberg

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Regarding James. J. Begley’s letter, “Clean house of NRA worshippers”:

There are about 4.3 million National Rifle Association members. About 110 million Americans own more than 325 million guns — and this number is going up.

There are a lot of gun lobby groups besides the NRA. Members of Congress don’t fear just the NRA, they fear their constituents, and that’s the way it should be.

After the 2014 midterm elections, we are not going to have fewer pro-gun senators and House members; we are going to have more. Probably a lot of them will be Tea Party members.

This government is in serious trouble, with the old guard and President Barack Obama not willing to step up to the plate and make the serious budget cuts that are needed. This also includes Rep. Paul Ryan and his proposed 10-year balanced budget plan. It’s absolutely crazy to have another 10 years of deficit spending when we already have almost a $17 trillion national debt right now.

The Second Amendment provides the pathway for America to help put this country back on a sound financial footing. It won’t be easy, but it is certainly worth it. Mark Twain said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” Very well said. You already see sheriffs in several places saying they will not enforce new gun laws. It’s just beginning.

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