Life, liberty and the pursuit of the NRA

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Good words. Our country was founded on these words.

Do the victims of the Parkland shooting, Columbine shooting, the Las Vegas shooting and 32 other mass shootings since 2000 in the United States have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The answer is no they don’t. They don’t because of an antiquated 2nd Amendment that needs to be modified to protect our most basic founding rights our forefathers wanted to afford us. The number one right we should all adhere to, especially our government, which is supposed to protect us and not be a paid-off entity of the NRA. Why do we need the NRA? All they do is prevent our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

There was a nationwide march this weekend. I took part in it here in Las Vegas. It was encouraging and inspirational to watch these young adults take this problem head on and show more intelligence and responsibility than our own Republican Congress and fake POTUS. As adults, we have to show these young adults that we have their backs, we support their efforts at solving a problem we should have addressed a long time ago. We also have to show them that come November we will start voting the NRA, and everyone on the NRA’s payroll, out of Congress.

Americans should not have to worry about an AR-15 opening up on them at a mall, movie theater, concert, and especially at a school. There is no place in a free society for any assault weapons. They must all be banned. When the 2nd Amendment was written, the quickest way one person could lose his or her life by bullet was in the twenty or thirty second span it took to reload a gun in 1789. Today in a twenty to thirty second span an AR-15 could kill hundreds of people. Does that make any sense to people like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell? Not at all, because the NRA pays them off. — Frank V. D’Ambra is the author of the books Annihilation and The Pledge

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