NRA owed a debt of gratitude

I would like to respond to two letters in the March 23 News and Sentinel, written by Jerry Payne and Ralph Chambers.

First, Jerry Payne states that members of Congress should be put on notice that they can expect no support if they accept donations from the conservative Koch Brothers and Karl Rove to buy control of our government. Does the same apply to members of Congress who accept donations from George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, etc., to buy control of our government?

Democrats, as a rule, accept more big money donations than Republicans, and that includes labor unions. Why is it acceptable for Democrats to receive big money donations but not for Republicans? Double standard?

Now, for Ralph Chambers. The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty threat to our gun rights is very real. The ATT, written, in part, by Hillary Clinton and signed by Obama, which contains provisions for all firearms, now awaits ratification by the U.S. Senate.

In a rare moment of candor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein once stated that if she could get 51 votes in the U.S. Senate, she would disarm the American people. While addressing the Brady campaign, Obama once famously stated that he wanted to pass control “under the radar.”

Remember the “Fast and Furious” scandal, in which Obama, Eric Holder, and their ATF, deliberately funneled arms into Mexico, into the hands of Mexican drug lords, so he (Obama) could blame gun violence in Mexico on “so-called lax” U.S. gun laws. Obama’s scheme to push for stricter U.S. gun laws “fell apart” when ATF “whistleblowers” brought his scheme to light. The “Fast and Furious” scandal shows the desperate measures to which Obama will resort to get this gun control agenda passed under the radar.

I’ve heard the cliche that the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. The gun grabbers greatest trick was convincing naive gun owners that a threat to their gun rights doesn’t exist. The NRA doesn’t need to manufacture non-existent threats to our gun rights, not with the real threats from the U.N., Obama and other anti-gun groups, etc.

If the NRA hadn’t been there for us all along, we likely wouldn’t have our gun rights today. Anyone who owns a gun should be supporting and thanking the NRA. I would think any gun owner would see that.

Steve Wolverton

Parkersburg