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More grim signs of a battle lost to the NRA

RE “DAY of deaths and dread in the nation’s capital” (Page A1, Sept. 17): Kudos tothose of humanitarian spirit who react to the death and destruction of innocents, and who try to enact crucial legislation against guns and those who own them. Standing in their way are this group that wrongly thinks the Second Amendment is biblically untouchable. Our Founders did NOT mean it to be so.

It seems more important for the National Rifle Association hierarchy to urge everyone to own a gun than it is to care about all the senseless killing that occurs when people who should NOT have a gun can easily get one.

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After Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, I am at a loss for words, which is a rare occurrence for me. Sure, arm everyone, says the gun lobby — what could possibly go wrong?

I am slowly losing my political passion for it all. I need the incredible enthusiasm of my youth and the hope I once had for this nation to do better.

The money of the NRA and the madness that comes with it is the mirrored reflection of our nation. Its force is too big and powerful, unless people of good can roundly defeat its influence.

This is a toxically violent nation armed to the teeth. May God help us as it will take more than defeating the NRA and the right-wing extremist Tea Party Republicans to redirect a country that has lost its way.

Natalie Rosen


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