Re “Defiant NRA chief attacks Democrats” (Page A1, Feb. 23): I regret that the Globe featured, on its front page, National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre’s attack on Democratic lawmakers, in his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. At least it didn’t publish the megalomaniacal photo that The New York Times printed. LaPierre is a purveyor of profits for the gun manufacturing industry, and he manipulates the so-called sanctity of the Second Amendment to fuel a conservative political agenda. The NRA incites hatred among gun owners just as right-wing strategists did against Hillary Clinton, with the “lock her up” strategy during the 2016 election. This is a treacherous path. Remember that the inciting rhetoric of the right-wing settler movement in Israel contributed to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in 1995.
I fear for the safety of those politicians who are calling for strong federal legislation to prevent more carnage in schools from assault weapons and for controls on cheap and trafficked handguns plaguing urban communities. The FBI should keep a close watch on LaPierre and his minions, and Congress should provide additional security for all the members of Congress who are rejecting Band-Aid solutions.