Join the NRA to advocate for sensible gun laws
Sarah and Jim Brady have been tireless champions for sensible gun laws, spending countless hours lobbying. Their efforts have largely been in vain, given the very powerful opposition lobby of the NRA, with its 4 million members and its congressional campaign contributions of $20 million, together with the lobbying power of the firearms manufacturing industry.
As aptly pointed out by Riley Cash ("We will become the Wild West," May 4 letter), there are more and more sites in Virginia where residents with concealed carry permits can take handguns, even into restaurants that serve alcohol.
Even more disconcerting, he points out that a bill was under consideration in the Virginia General Assembly to make it legal for professors at state universities to carry a handgun into the classroom. What next, a law making it legal for students to carry handguns as well, which a few Virginia Tech students have been advocating?
When will all of this nonsense stop? It will stop only when the millions of people in this country who believe in sensible gun laws join the NRA and change the mentality of the association to one that champions common-sense gun laws.