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NRA plays important role

As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association for almost 45 years, I feel a need to answer Aaron Davis’ comments about the NRA in the Sunday, Nov. 17, T&D.

He states that as of the 1970s, the NRA has become a conservative-leaning organization. This is true, and there is a very good reason for it. After the attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life and the tragic crippling of James Brady, a concerted effort was started to cripple the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The NRA has been the strongest organization in the country fighting this.

The NRA, I think to Mr. Davis’ disappointment, has never tried to tackle any other special problems, such as poverty, homelessness, etc.

Davis states that much of the NRA’s message has been based on fear. And rightly so. There is an open, concerted attempt going on right now to disarm the law-abiding citizens of the country. Some of it is completely irrational. How could you sit down and have a conversation with Beto O’Rourke? Impossible, go to the Bible and turn to Proverbs: 26.

I would say this to any of your readers who are hunters: “If you are not a member of the NRA, you are not paying your dues!”

I’m not sure of Mr. Davis’ purpose in his discourse. Perhaps it is just that of a disgruntled ex-employee, but I personally think it’s the result of living in California.

There are some internal problems in the NRA at this time. I am sure they will be resolved soon. The NRA will continue to fight any weakening of the Second Amendment. It has to be adamant in its attitude. (Don’t let the camel get his nose under the foot.)

I don’t believe guns are the solution to any of our problems either. But they can be a good way to control some of them.

Bachman Doar Jr., Bowman

Support reopening Samaritan House

I urge anyone who can, financially, to help the ongoing project of reopening the much-needed Samaritan House. I have seen with my own eyes the critical need for such a project.

I know it’s an expensive undertaking, but I do believe in time -- with rehabilitating the homeless -- the effort will pay for itself by its enabling folks to pull their own weight -- to assume total responsibility to support themselves as they should.

Helen E. Davis, Orangeburg


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