I am a gun owner who appreciates and respects the rights and responsibilities of gun ownership. But because of its extremist views, I have refused to join or support the NRA.
The NRA is hoping to retain the incredible clout it enjoys in Washington, D.C. It is comforting to observe some brave lawmakers beginning to distance themselves from this all-too-powerful lobby. Certainly not all, however, as evidenced by the recent words of Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who claims the right of ordinary citizens to own assault rifles "insures against tyranny of the government."
The NRA will do all it can to ensure that Gohmert is re-elected. Let's hope that informed and caring citizens will do all they can to ensure that he, and those who agree with him, are not.