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Elect those who'll stand up to NRA

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Elect those who'll

stand up to NRA

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The new NRA ad, which focuses on President and Mrs. Obama's daughters, is indecent and disgusting. The president's family, and especially his children, should never be used in radical and threatening ways.

Mass gun killings, and those which occur almost daily in Chicago, are now the way in which our country is defined. A substantial majority of citizens elected President Obama in 2012; and, a substantial majority believe that limits on certain types of gun and ammunition ownership is not only within the protection of the Constitution, but are limits that are necessary for a civil society.

President Obama, recognizing his duty to see that the citizenry is protected, is willing to stand up to the radical, outspoken few, whose attempt to shut out any sensible conversation and action includes inflammatory and unsubstantiated threatening language. Why should over 300 million people be cowed by a mere 4 million whose leadership has become so extreme that it is outside the bounds of reason?

Members who joined the NRA for reasons of education and sensible gun ownership and use, should be as outraged as nonmembers at the leadership's failure to represent them. The NRA now represents gun and ammunition manufacturers instead of its membership.

Even more egregious is our elected officials' subservience to the NRA lobby. An A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association should no longer be a positive for a political candidate. If it takes courage to renounce NRA membership in its present form, then that is what we should expect from those whom we elect to represent us.

Carol Honeywell

Wheaton

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