It is well beyond time that we face reality and declare the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization and do whatever is necessary to eliminate this threat to our freedom, security and peace of mind.
The only real power it has is to whip its members into a frenzy of paranoia, very much like all extremist fear-mongers. Why members of Congress let the NRA’s financial contributions hold the innocent children of this country hostage is beyond belief.
I hope that Joe Biden shows the strength of character that I believe he is capable of and that Congress finally enacts some long-overdue and effective restrictions on the proliferation of firearms.
A Washington state lawmaker has withdrawn a bill to limit self-defense rights after receiving threats by telephone and email that she says have made her fear for her life.
House Bill 1012, filed last month by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, would have required a person to retreat from a dangerous confrontation if he or she “knows or should know” that doing so would afford him “complete safety.”
Appleton said she pursued the bill in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting incident last February in Florida, in which the shooter, George Zimmerman, was initially not arrested because of that state’s “stand your ground” law.
Washington is one of at least 29 states with no explicit duty to retreat.
The threats against Appleton were non-specific but “very scary,” said her assistant, Donna Bezon.