Letter: Politicians afraid to stand up to NRA should be ashamed

To the Editor:

More guns, more guns, and more guns for everyone!

This seems to be the solution proposed by President Trump, the NRA, and most of our congressional legislators to combat the use of the AR-15 assault rifle in mass killings in our schools. As reported in the Associated Press (Feb. 26, 2018), Trump told the nation’s governors that arming teachers would provide additional protection within our schools. When challenged to defend the wisdom of this action he responded that arming teachers shouldn’t be universal, that not all teachers should have guns. The criteria he set was “I want highly trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting.”  

Say what?  

It’s obvious that Trump isn’t very intelligent, but this astonishing statement is just plain stupid.  He has wavered on gun control, first for and now, after meeting with the NRA, against more gun control. It’s unfortunate that prior to Trump’s election to the presidency he was not asked to reveal his golf handicap, for if he had he probably would not be president if based on his criteria for gun ownership.  

As the old saying goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  

The real problem is politicians who are afraid to stand up to the NRA and legislate for more gun control; simply put, they are afraid of losing votes and not being re-elected. Shame on them.  

What can we do, we can only vote for politicians who will support gun control. Think about it the next time you vote.

PA Torzilli

Old Sib Road, March 5