This is what “pro life” looks like.
Re: Resign Membership #190199339
Dear NRA Member Services,
I am a proud gun owner and advocate for the Second Amendment. I grew up in the Midwest as a hunter and currently own guns for self-protection.
But there comes a time when society has to decide between competing rights. I believe one’s right not to be mass-murdered by a gun in a movie theater, a mall, or a school outweighs the right to own an assault weapon or high capacity magazine.
Recent events highlight how some of the rights you fight for are too frequently exercised by deranged individuals that lead to the deaths of numerous adults and defenseless children. I cannot in good conscious be a member of an organization that mechanically argues for the right to purchase guns without background checks or waiting periods, the right to own high capacity magazines, or the right to own automatic assault weapons.
While running for Congress in 2012, I received your candidate questionnaire for endorsement. Even as a staunch supporter of gun ownership for self-protection, hunting, sport shooting, or collecting, I found your questions so outrageous. I was unable to answer “yes” to a single question.
Please accept this notification that I’m resigning my membership to the NRA effective today.
My thoughts are on the families of the victims in the multiple recent tragedies.
With a heavy heart,
Dr. Lee Rogers
Simi Valley, CA
Thank you Dr. Rogers, for taking a stand and leading on this. We need to speak out now, right now, loudly. We can no longer allow the NRA to bully and pressure Congress members in order to gain power and profit from gun sales.
Now let’s have a rational discussion about responsible gun ownership, closing gun show loopholes, and enforcing background checks. Let’s keep Americans safe(r). And let’s also talk about mental health care, while we’re at it, and what’s behind some of these horrific massacres.
That conversation might even be of some comfort to those who have been tragically affected by these heinous crimes.