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Web letter: NRA stance eschews rational solution

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s radical stance on gun control has redefined NRA. It now stands for “No Rational Answers”.

The lack of reason is frightening and irrational. He says “no” to any restriction because he says “I don’t think it will work.” He doesn’t know that it won’t work; he says he doesn’t think it will work.

I’d like to know why anyone needs an assault rifle. Perhaps for shooting an entire herd of deer.

Further he says “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Has he heard of the Columbine shooting? Two armed good guys were in the school; 12 dead. I’m certain there were armed people at Fort Hood when alleged shooter killed multiple soldiers.

He says eliminating legal sales of assault rifles won’t help but has no evidence. His solution of armed guards may not work and by the way, there is evidence that it doesn’t work.

I’m all for whatever will work to protect our kids and adults. I suggest multiple efforts: Better identification and treating of mentally and emotionally challenged youth (Now we can’t do anything until they commit a crime); elimination of sales of assault rifles; and guards in the schools if experts think that will help protect our kids.

And stop giving LaPierre the bully pulpit. Even members of the NRA must be embarrassed by him unless they all have No Rational Answers.