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Letter: Politicians need to repudiate NRA

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From: William Scarbrough


Received: Dec. 29

The National Rifle Association, in its fanatical pursuit of increasing the number and types of guns and the amount and types of ammunition in our communities, always has supported lawmakers who carry out their policies.

The NRA grades the lawmakers from A+ to F and provides funds to defeat lawmakers they know or suspect will not support their stance.

The NRA gave $19 million to politicians throughout the U.S. during the 2012 election cycle to defeat those they did not agree with on gun issues. Ninety-six percent of the money went to Republicans. (Source — Center for Responsive Politics)

In Columbus, newly elected Rep. Luke Messer, Republican, received an A grade and $3,000. Re-elected Rep. Todd Young, Republican, received an A grade and $1,500. (Source — New York Times)

In view of the unspeakable slaughter of children and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., facilitated by the NRA’s advocacy for the type of semi-automatic weapon and ammunition used, I call for Messer and Young to publicly announce that they will never again accept money from the NRA and also to announce that they will contribute an equal amount of money, as received from the NRA, to a charity chosen by the Newtown victims’ families.

Nothing less is


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