Comments for: The NRA’s real interest CONTRIBUTORS The NRA’s real interest Michael McNulty argues that the NRA's role is to back gun makers who profit from the murder of Americans. Read More The NRA’s real interest Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too. 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E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous Mr. McNulty’s article clearly demonstrates how out of touch with reality and the NRA he really is. I would much rather be attacked and fired upon by someone with a multi-magazine “assault” rifle than I would by someone with a 12 gauge semi-automatic loaded with triple OOO buckshot. Most people against gun ownership are misled by the word “assault” and don’t bother to read between the lines and understand the difference between different firearms. Say what you will about the NRA. They are not responsible for a single firearm death in the history of their existince. People like McNutty would try to convince others that they have. Anonymous Once again, the criminals, and those with less than honorable intentions, will most assuredly get the guns when they want them. Those who use guns for self-defense and for the protection of their loved ones are the ones who will be affected by gun control. Anonymous In the end, however, it’s simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens. Ah, the voice of moderation. They try to hide it, but the right to keep and bear arms is to Democratic activists (note Mr. McNulty’s role as a party organizer) what abortion-on-demand is to the religious right. Montana_Libertarian My particular frustration with this article is the author’s hand wringing about the NRA’s opposition to denying people on the “no fly” lists (there are several of them) the right to purchase guns. Like it or not, the second amendment guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. It is a civil right and a constitutional right. The Supreme Court says so. The “no fly” lists are compiled by bureaucrats for bureaucrats. There is no available set of clear, uniform criteria for putting people on those lists. Once on one of those lists, there is no recourse in law, no clear way to challenge the listing. In other words, due process is denied. Please recall, Teddy Kennedy, a sitting Senator, was placed on such a list, a stroke of genius on the part of some pencil necked pencil pusher. Would any of us like to have either our mobility or our ability to exercise one of our fundamental constitutional rights denied to us by a faceless bureaucrat who could not be called to account for it? As to the NRA and hunters: the NRA supports hunting activities, youth hunter training, keeping public lands open for hunting and in many other ways nurtures our hunting heritage. As to the NRA and gun manufacturers, over 85% of the NRA’s income comes from individual dues and contributions. The gun manufacturers have their own organization, the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Anonymous There we go again with the nonexistent “100 round clips”. Let me get this straight, the same federal government that was caught running guns to cartel members should also be regulating what we can own? Holding gun manufacturers liable for criminal behavior is like holding the auto industry liable for accidents caused by drunk drivers. Amazing that, after a psychopath goes on a shooting spree in a theater of unarmed victims, the solution is to further restrict those same victims. Wrap your minds around this one: our founders wanted us to be well armed so that we could protect ourselves FROM GOVERNMENT. Ever wondered why dictators almost always disarm their own taxpayers before murdering and oppressing them?