Dear Mr. Daly,
I just finished reading your article on the 135th NRA convention that was held in NY recently. I have to say, as an NRA member, shooting enthusiast, CCW holder, father, husband, and upstanding member of my community (I am a career firefighter/EMT for my townís fire department), I found your article rather pleasing. I enjoyed reading that there were so many families and children on hand to view and enjoy the ďgigantic weapons festĒ. Being a family man yourself, Iím sure you can agree that spending time with your family, as a family, is a great way to develop and stimulate great relationships with your children and your spouse. Thereís really nothing better and more enjoyable. Some families go to the park, some go to the beach, some go to car shows, and some go to gun shows. There is nothing inherently wrong with any one of those. Unfortunately, you seem to feel that there is only something inherently wrong with families, or maybe just children, being involved with gun shows or just guns in particular. You seem to feel that guns are not a subject that children or families, or maybe anyone, should have reason to find some happiness or enjoyment from. Fortunately for myself and my family, and many others like us, that is not the case. All the people and families you saw that day were very much enjoying themselves and having a great time with other like minded people. I think that is something you should think about. Itís not what the family does to get together and enjoy themselves, itís the fact that they get together to enjoy something as a family that really matters. Guns and the shooting sports that relate to them are a great way for families to enjoy the outdoors and have some fun.
I also noticed that you seem to relate the ďgunĒ as the center point for crime. You make it a fact to point out in your article that the Glock 17, the same model that was on a t-shirt, was the gun used to kill a detective in Brooklyn last year. Yet you never mention a word about the person who was responsible for USING that Glock to kill the detective. From your reference, I am only to assume that the Glock in question shot the officer all by itself? I think you are placing the blame in the wrong place. As unfortunate an event as that was, and is when any sort of weapon or anything used as a weapon, the blame lies solely on the individual who is responsible for committing the act and not on the tool used to commit it. Iím sure an intelligent person such as yourself can agree with me on that point. You would no more blame a match for starting a fire than you would blame the person who struck the match in the first place.
One thing I would like to ask you before myself and my family head outside to enjoy this beautiful day here in NH, is this :
Since guns are so dangerous, and by your piece mentioned above this is the only conclusion I can draw from it, please tell me how many children, detectives, or anyone for that matter, were killed or injured during the course of the convention? With so many dangerous guns just lying around, Iím quite sure that some child or police officer or innocent bystander must have been shot and killed. If you could answer that question for me, it would certainly help my understanding of your article and possibly impose on me some understanding of your opposition to families enjoying firearms or just firearms in general.