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I came across a surprising statement from the president of the National Rifle Association the other day: "I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under license." Of course, that fellow was speaking back in 1934.

The NRA supported the first "gun control" legislation that year. I realize that's over 80 years ago, but it's sure different from what we hear from the NRA today. The NRA also supported a gun control act in 1968. But now the NRA is adamantly opposed to any modification of any law regarding a citizen's right to "keep and bear arms" even when the "arms" are assault weapons designed only for killing people.

The change is apparently the result of a 1970s fight for control of the NRA. The side that won is who we are dealing with today. This NRA bears no resemblance to the organization and purpose of the National Rifle Association of the first hundred years of its existence. It's not your father's NRA.

Now the NRA raises tens of millions of dollars so they can reward members of Congress who vote as they want them to. An ad in the New York Times recently reported that NRA's direct donations to Congressman Gianforte were $73,009; Senator Daines got $85,432. Since they're both millionaires, I'm surprised they needed the money.

Lorraine Collins