In the past, I have supported second amendment rights because I believe ordinary people have the right to protect themselves with a handgun. However, the primary guns rights organization, the National Rifle Association (NRA), apparently does not see "the freedom to bear arms" as its mission. It has a secondary mission: to counter any and all laws that protect animals. They fight in favor of cruel leg-hold traps, i.e. for the fur industry. What the heck does this have to do with the right to carry a gun? They call animal rights advocates, like the Humane Society of the United States, "extremists." HSUS is one of the weakest animal groups out there; it's like saying local animal shelter employees are a bunch of animal extremists. The NRA is countering measures to reduce or eliminate the killing of puppy dogs in animal shelters. What the heck do guns have to do with whether animal shelters should hold puppy dogs longer or kill them faster. The NRA wants them dead faster. The NRA lobbied in favor of abusive puppy mill producers.

The NRA has discredited themselves and their cause. Now I realize they are simply an extremist group of animal-haters. I withdraw my support of this despicable organization and will rethink my position on the handgun issue.


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