EDITOR: Regarding Melania Trump’s parents obtaining green cards and permanent legal status, possibly through what has come to be known as “chain migration,” I have to say that at least they are legal residents and not relying on public housing, disability checks and welfare benefits like former President Barack Obama’s undocumented aunt and uncle, the Onyangos, as was reported in 2011. I guess everyone, including the press, has forgotten about that.
The NRA is voters
EDITOR: Thank you for printing the Sunday story headlined “NRA muscle built on rallying votes.” There have been so many false reports in mainstream news and social media about the National Rifle Association giving money to politicians. Yes, the NRA tries to influence policies to protect our rights.
Also printed Sunday was a letter by David Montgomery (“Ban all guns”). He says “the government has more and bigger guns than you or the NRA.” Some people said that the last time we declared our independence from a tyrannical government.
Guns and budget cuts
EDITOR: It’s hard to conceive of a more dismal pair of front-page headlines than those that showed up next to one another on Friday: “District makes huge cuts” (to Santa Rosa schools’ budget) and “Trump calls for arming teachers.”
So we are now failing our children in every way: not providing adequately for their education and doing nothing to protect them from violent men toting weapons of mass carnage, other than further militarizing everyday life by distributing guns to their teachers.
The thought of countering the NRA and its bought-and-paid-for representatives (I’m looking at you, Sen. Marco Rubio, and far too many others) by at least making military-grade assault weapons unavailable to the public, is, of course, off the table. Second Amendment rights! Well-regulated militia!
Meanwhile, teachers laid off (hopefully not the ones with military backgrounds, so they can be among our Hallway Defense Forces), larger classes, electives reduced. What do we offer our kids in return? The possibility of occasional shootouts in the hallways to help ease the drudgery that is coming.
The right conversation
EDITOR: From my conversations with local NRA members — whom I identify by their bumper stickers — I believe their primary concern isn’t having the gun of their choice for hunting or self-defense. They believe the Second Amendment gives them the right to keep even the most powerful firearms so they can defend themselves against the tyranny of the U.S. government.
If we keep stressing that no one needs military-type firearms for hunting, we are missing the point of their resistance, and we will continue to get nowhere.
But what confuses me about the gun lobby is this: Even in the unlikely event of a dystopian government takeover, one where the U.S. government begins to infringe on all our rights on the way to a military dictatorship — to use the most extreme example — no civilian militias, regardless of how many there are and how well armed they are, would have the remotest chance against the U.S. military’s might if it were determined to use it against its own people. Does anybody want to argue with that?