published Thursday, May 9th, 2013

NRA is transforming into a hate group and other letters to the editors

NRA is transforming into a hate group

As a 10-year old I learned gun safety at NRA-sposored program at a YMCA camp in Texas. I was very proud of my junior marksman certificates for shooting my .22 rifle, had them framed, and kept them for many years.

Now fast-forward 50 years. At the recent NRA national convention in Houston there were life-size targets available for purchase, a so-called zombie with blood running out of his mouth, an unmistakable likeness of President Obama.

The vendor said that he was "very proud to have given one to my Republican grandfather for Christmas." Speaker Glenn Beck offered his new logo for New York, depicting Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Hitler, exhibiting a Nazi salute with the caption "I will NY." A Jewish man depicted as Hitler. Classy.

Will we hear any NRA members or Republican representatives condemn these expressions? I sincerely doubt it. It appears that the NRA is no longer a lobbying group for gun rights, gun safety, etc. It is clearly just another despicable hate group!

TOMMY HEWITT


Police must be exempt from certain laws

In the May 3 issue of the Times Free Press there is an article about Hamilton County sheriff's deputy Justin Tabor, who provided alcohol to minors but is not being charged with a crime. Yet, there also is an article about a woman in Kingston, Tenn., playing beer pong with her underage son and three other juveniles. She's charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is scheduled to appear in court.

Apparently, there are different standards for police where they are exempt from certain laws.

GARY HAYES, Ooltewah


Despite cuts, VW keeps many employed

The primary flaw exposed in the Free Press editorial on Sunday (VW layoffs expose flaws) is the flaw in the editorial's logic. The piece asks what we have to show for the half-billion dollars in taxpayer-funded incentives given five years ago to attract Volkswagen, then answers rhetorically, "Pink slips. Five hundred of them." The article never mentions the thousands who remain employed because of VW.

After the layoffs, VW still writes 2,700 paychecks. VW suppliers such as Chattanooga Seating Systems, Gestamp and others write a few thousand more. Plus retailers, restaurants, insurance companies, home builders, professional firms, landscapers, newspapers and others write a few thousand paychecks using revenues they would not have if VW and VW supplier employees did not their have paychecks.

Studies of auto-assembly plants would indicate that directly and indirectly, each VW job means three or more total jobs. What do we have to show for the investment of in taxpayer-funded incentives? More than 8,000 total jobs that otherwise would have gone to Huntsville, Ala.

BENJAMIN PITTS, Sewanee, Tenn.

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Leaf said...

This is not your father's NRA. Even George Bush renounced his lifelong membership because of their extreme agenda.

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/11/us/letter-of-resignation-sent-by-bush-to-rifle-association.html

May 9, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Bravo! To: BENJAMIN PITTS, Sewanee, Tenn.

May 9, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
shen said...

search: "NRA Vendor Sells Ex-Girlfriend Target That Bleeds When You Shoot It"

So right, Mr. Hewitt. This is not yours or my or our parents NRA. The the disturbing part in it all is, even if the NRA changed its viewed today, there have been several other like minded organizations created prepared to take their place.

May 9, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.
Plato said...

I had a similar experience as Mr. Hewitt with the NRA at the same age 10 in 1957. I went to summer camp and learned how to shoot from four different positions, gun safety, gun cleaning & maintenance and won 4 NRA marksmanship badges which my mom sowed onto a jacket that I proudly wore around.

Now the NRA has been purchased by the gun manufactures and it's primary missions is to serve as a powerful lobby group with the sole purpose of advancing the proliferation of unrestricted gun sales, safety and human life be damned.

They have morphed into a shameful organization that's but a shadow of it's proud past, and those that support them are being taken in by their propaganda. In short they are a wolf in sheep's clothing.

May 10, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.
oldcraft said...

anyone who thinks the nra is the problem is a fool.

May 11, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.
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