Letter: It’s an election year … know how I can tell?



Washougal resident Anne Haller discusses what she believes are the negative consequences of the NRA’s messaging

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com

It’s an election year … know how I can tell? On a Jan. 4 trip to my mailbox I received a NOTICE OF GUN CONFISCATION from the National Rifle Association. I am writing to warn about the fear mongering- and propaganda-filled marketing letter which was signed by the embattled CEO Wayne LaPierre, who on the very next day, resigned just days before the NY corruption trial against the NRA and Pierre. 

Anne Haller
Anne Haller

While recognizing the organization’s role in advocating for the rights of gun owners, it is crucial to address the negative consequences of their messaging. LaPierre’s contribution after the Sandy Hook shooting was “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” This has proved to be very much untrue on more than one occasion … think Uvalde, TX.

I did call the NRA to find out exactly who was proposing confiscation of my guns but I was directed to their website. The only article that popped up about confiscation was about a Canadian effort which was essentially proposing a government gun buyback program. Nothing in the USA.

The NRA is well known for it’s heavy fear mongering tactics and divisive language that scares Americans into joining the organization and creates polarization around firearm policies. Wayne LaPierre spent the last three decades peddling the Big Lie that more guns will make us safer — all at the expense of countless innocent lives. While recognizing the organization’s role in advocating for the rights of gun owners, it is crucial to address the negative consequences of their messaging.

It is essential to emphasize that advocating for responsible gun ownership and promoting safety measures should be at the forefront of any discussion on firearms. Encouraging a rational and evidence-based conversation can lead to policies that balance the rights of gun owners with the need to ensure public safety. The NRA is not likely to change its tactic with the departure of LaPierre so we need to take action.

Wake Up America!

Anne Haller
Washougal


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