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Letter: NRA Is The Problem

On Meet The Press (12/23/12), NRA executive Wayne LaPierre stated, “The NRA would coordinate a national effort to put former military and police officers in schools as volunteer guards.” I have great respect for the military and police officers who have served their country at home and abroad. They deserve to have a secure and trouble free retirement. However, this is not the case for many of these troubled officers. The suicide rate for those returning from war zones and those who put their lives in jeopardy on the streets of our cities exceed the average suicide rate for the rest of our nation. More solders committed suicide than were killed in combat in 2012. This is a problem our nation should also be addressing. All the training afforded by the NRA will not rid the turmoil that exists within those former police and military officers. Hopefully, mental tests can determine those that should not become armed guards within the school systems.

In the same manner that has allowed our government to infringe on our Fourth Amendment rights when the Patriot Act was passed, the Second Amendment must be modified to assure the safety of our citizens. Allow us to keep and bear only arms that cannot cause the mass murders we have been experiencing the past 12 years. To allow the sale of clips that hold 30 bullets and assault weapons of war is insane as are the NRA executives who will not bend from their no more gun control laws. Mentally ill people are NOT in control of their inner demons. They must NOT be able to purchase or own a weapon.

The NRA is part of the problem, and has decided not to be part of the solution.

Tony Mignone

Massapequa Park