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One can embrace 2d Amendment and still decry NRA

RE “NRA calls for armed police officer in every school” (BostonGlobe.com, 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.

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