Re: “NRA’s words, actions embarrassing” (letter, 1-18).
The NRA ad is not embarrassing. It is merely exposing the hypocrisy of people who send their children to a school with 11 armed guards while saying public schools shouldn’t have them.
Their logic is that children of “high-profile” people are more likely targets. I may have missed something but, if I recall correctly, lunatics who have killed students and/or teachers did so to “ordinary” people in public schools. All of our children are equally precious regardless of who their parents are. Perhaps having armed guards at schools like Sidwell, which the Obama girls attend, provides a deterrent.
The writer also thinks the NRA shouldn’t have freedom of speech since it’s an organization and not a person. Does he think this applies to all organizations or just ones he doesn’t like? What about newspapers, churches, AARP, ASPCA, etc.?
The right of free speech is not “given” by the government. It is an inalienable right given by God. Check out the Bill of Rights. If the writer wants the government to determine who has the right of free speech I suggest he move to Iran. I’m sure he would like their policies of controlling human rights and free speech.