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Published April 18, 2009, 05:14 PM

Mark Beedy, Thief River Falls: Gun owners take paranoia to new level

At one point in my life, I was a card-carrying member of the NRA and considered becoming a life member of that group. But when the NRA helped defeat legislation that would prohibit or restrict the purchase of armor-piercing bullets, I had a change of heart.

By: Mark Beedy,

THIEF RIVER FALLS — I have been reading the letters from local gun owners and hunting enthusiasts about their fears that the Obama administration is threatening their Second Amendment rights.

At one point in my life, I was a card-carrying member of the NRA and considered becoming a life member of that group. But when the NRA helped defeat legislation that would prohibit or restrict the purchase of armor-piercing bullets, I had a change of heart.

I have a brother who is a law enforcement officer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the only reason I can see for armor-piercing bullets is so that criminals can use them to kill cops. Why would anyone else need armor-piercing bullets?

My attitude toward the NRA grew to hatred for a group that is so obsessed with gun ownership rights that it will oppose any legislation that restricts the right to buy guns and ammunition, no matter how sensible the legislation is.

What I see now is a hysteria being created by the NRA and gun enthusiasts, hysteria that is causing the obsessed to buy as many guns and as much ammunition as they can so they’ll be prepared when the Obama administration bans guns.

What I’d like to see — instead of all of the criticism of the Obama administration and claims that Obama wants to become a dictator — is a clear and intelligent explanation of what is going on. Why should we care about gun owners rights if we don’t know what is happening?

I suspect that the hysteria that has been created is nothing more than maneuvering by the NRA and whining by conservative gun owners. Gun owners and NRA members don’t want to see any changes to their “rights” to shoot their guns, protect their families and kill whatever they want.

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