One of our readers sent us this letter he'd written to his local newspaper. It was not accepted for publication, at least not yet. What do you think?
As a second amendment supporter and a legal gun owner, the Connecticut law requiring all hand gun owners to take a NRA course on gun safety and purchase a $ 125 eligibility certificate is a prominent example of political corruption and influence peddling in the American political process. The so called gun control law in Connecticut is nothing more than political corruption by the NRA that only benefits their own members and does nothing to stem the flow of illegal guns or reduce the amount of gun fatalities in Connecticut.
The $ 125 eligibility certificate is a prime example of how politicians and political lobby groups like the NRA are all part of the same problem. Instead of limiting the options of Connecticut residents to only paying an NRA certified instructor to obtain an eligibility certificate to purchase a hand gun , the same corrupt politicians who were influenced by the second most powerful political action committee in America, should have included an option for Connecticut residents to take a gun safety class at a local police station.
A recent article by the Connecticut Post, Target shifts to gun lessons (Connecticut Post March 14, 2011), reveals that local police stations do have the resources to offer the same type of class to the citizens they serve and should be an option for Connecticut residents who may not want to support the National Rifle Association with the $ 125 eligibility certificate.
The recent article, Target shifts to gun lessons was about a local police department offering a ‘citizens police academy’ designed to provide citizens knowledge and understanding of how that local police department operates. Although the real motivation of the local police department to offer a ‘citizens police academy’ was a public relations maneuver to overcome the negative publicity of a June 2009 accident in which two teenagers were killed by police car speeding at over 90 mph, the article proves that police departments do have the resources to provide local gun training to citizens.Although proclaimed to be a gun control measure by the left wing politicians who passed the legislation, the entire $ 125 fee associated with the NRA issued eligibility certificate goes directly to the National Rifle Association. Not a single dollar goes to the state to fund gun control measures like tracking illegal guns or promoting gun safety programs like trigger locks. The $ 125 fee is a text book example of legalized corruption and influencing peddling in American politics. If the NRA had the interests of all citizens and not just its members, the NRA would have supported legislation that included the option to go to a local police department for the required eligibility certificate and gun safety training.
In addition to assisting citizens to fulfill the state statue that requires all hand gun owners to pass a gun safety class, having local police departments offer the class enables local police to see firsthand who is purchasing handguns and to personally meet the citizens they serve.
At a time when the public is debating the salaries of public servants, local governments and police departments should be providing more services to the citizens who pay their salaries and fund their pensions. Offering to provide gun safety classes to citizens who want to exercise their second amendment privilege and not be forced to pay a $125 “fee” to own a handgun would be a good step towards removing some of the legalized corruption in the American political process.