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From: William Scarbrough

Columbus

To the editor:

The stars and stripes were everywhere, the word ‘freedom’ was repeated time and time again. At a gathering of thousands some made speeches, others shouted in praise of freedom. Was it a Fourth of July parade?

No. It was the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, at which seven Republican hopefuls for the 2016 nomination for president, including Indiana’s governor, praised the NRA for its support of guns and other “freedoms.”

For days prior to the convention, Lucas Oil Stadium was being transformed into a huge gun exhibit. This was an exhibit featuring the latest in gun design based on worldwide military weaponry. At the same time, a racist named Cliven Bundy, in Nevada, was surrounded by gun-toting supporters waving American flags and shouting about freedom. Were they shouting freedom as patriots of our country?

Absolutely not.

They were shouting for freedom from the federal government as they used their guns to threaten agents of the Bureau of Land Management. The agents were there to remove Bundy’s cattle from public land owned by you and me. Bundy had not paid the heavily subsidized fees, paid by you and me for 20 years. He owes us millions. Bundy and his supporters’ response to the possibility that the federal agents might use their guns was to put the women up front to be shot first. That tells you all you need to know about this bunch and their concept of “freedom.”

Over the weekend at the convention the latest NRA efforts were revealed by the Moms Demand Action protest. You don’t learn anything from the old speech given by NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre about the good guys and bad guys. The Moms’ protest said that their latest effort is to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

Hey, wait a minute.

That’s a good thing. Well, wait another minute.

Washington state just passed and the governor signed a law that requires someone under a domestic abuse restraining order to surrender his guns to proper authorities. This is not insignificant because half of all women murdered are the result of domestic abuse, and in half of those cases a gun is the abuser’s weapon of choice.

But the NRA in concert with the Koch brothers and ALEC added a caveat. At the time of the restraining order the accused abuser need only surrender guns if he was a “credible threat.” If not, that would be an infringement on his “freedom.” It should be noted that only a few states even have workable gun surrender laws. Washington state is not one of them, and neither is Indiana.

“Freedom” from the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple to Bundy with his stooges and to the NRA’s proliferation of guns, this word is used to pervert the meaning of the Bill of Rights.

These people are granted the freedom to wave the American flag when practicing their “freedom.”

The mix is loathsome.

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