You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters | the national rifle association speaks

One can embrace 2d Amendment and still decry NRA

RE “NRA calls for armed police officer in every school” (, Dec. 21): I think that most Americans believe in the Second Amendment, as do I. They may have grown up in a part of the country where hunting is popular; they may feel safer going to bed at night knowing they have a revolver locked away in the bedroom, or they may simply agree on a theoretical level that the right to bear arms is an essential part of the formula by which our Constitution guarantees us personal freedom and liberty as citizens.

But we do not need the National Rifle Association to protect this right. The Second Amendment is not under attack, it has never been under attack, and it never will be under attack.

Continue reading below

I can only hope that Friday’s press conference by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, will finally make clear just how much the organization has become the marketing wing of the gun manufacturing industry, and how utterly divorced it has become from the needs and views of its members and the American people.

Dan Shore


Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of