I was surprised to see letter writer Lee Drutman of Washington, D.C. (“Gun laws: Follow the money,” Dec. 20) is a regular reader of the Valley News Dispatch. While his facts are reasonably accurate, they are misleading.
His statement ”While the NRA boasts a grass roots advocacy list of millions of voters — and the resources to mobilize these voters at the slightest threat of gun control — anti-gun advocates have nothing that comes close” is pure baloney.
Watch the TV network news and talking heads. Read the articles in various newspapers and magazines. Listen to which politicians get airtime and print exposure. Listen to the news anchors who believe more firearms legislation will make the problem go away.
Mr. Drutman calls this an “imbalance of resources.” The anti-gun news coverage is worth far more than any pro-Second Amendment organization spends.
How many mass shootings have been thwarted because there was an armed presence? Who knows? The media barely mention them.
Starting in the late 1960s, a “guns are the problem” mentality arose. The 1994 assault rifle ban had no effect on crime. The lapse of the assault rifle ban in 2004 had no impact on crime.
Perhaps if there had been an armed presence at the elementary school in Newtown, few, or none, would have died.
Michael A. McGinnis
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