I am a 75-year-old man who was born and raised into a hunting family. My dad and my uncle were avid deer hunters in San Diego County, California. (Yes there were plenty of deer there and plenty of public land to hunt on.) My uncle prompted me to take a safety course, and I obtained a hunting license when I was 12 years old, but by law had to be 14 to get a deer tag.

I think my uncle was a member of the NRA — National Rifle Association — because he always had a lot of their literature around his house such as magazines, catalogs, etc., which I poured over, being very interested in hunting at my age of 12 to 16 or so.

The NRA at that time, in the 1950s, was for sportsmen, as in hunting, target practice, which rifles were best for certain game, which ammo was best, how best to load your own ammo, etc. There was never any political propaganda in their literature then. And I don’t think they poured tons of money into getting certain politicians elected as they do today — so much that those politicians are afraid of passing or even proposing any sensible gun laws for fear of facing their ire and losing the money they contribute.

The bottom line is — I am very disappointed with the NRA and certain politicians.

After the Law Vegas shootings, Hillary Clinton said “it could have been much worse if the shooter had used a silencer.” She was immediately attacked and called ignorant. What’s up with that?

What do silencers and full automatic rifles have to do with sportsmen?


Ken Cox