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NRA: Going slightly too farPosted Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 7:14 AM
The National Rifle Association is holding what it calls its "Annual Meetings and Exhibits 2008" in Louisville from May 16-18.
They call their event "A Celebration of American Values."
Okay. I agree with the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to bear arms, although in the 21st century "bearing arms" should be done under reasonable conditions -- hunting, collecting or for self-defense only by those with no criminal record on extremely rare occasions.
And the NRA plans to thank its members and Louisville with a concert showcasing country star John Michael Montgomery, who was charged with carrying concealed weapons after two loaded handguns were found in his vehicle during an arrest in 2006.
Montgomery was later cleared of all charges and, according to his attorney, had a concealed weapons permit which wasn't in his possession at the time.
Wonder if Montgomery will attend "Methods of Concealed Carry," which the NRA describes as its "most popular session"? It's so popular they're having to hold it twice during the event, the press release says.
The NRA, which seems to place quite a bit of emphasis on carrying concealed weapons, describes itself as "America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group" and describes one of its missions as to "advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime."
And the NRA has done a lot to promote gun safety.
But the group seems a little too aggressive in some respects, especially in its defense of allowing the average American to own assault weapons.
I'm not an anti-gun activist; legitimate owners, such as hunters and collectors, should face as few restrictions as possible.
But the average American doesn't need an arsenal, either. That's where the NRA sometimes seems to be stepping over the line.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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