To the Editor:
Students across the country and the world are protesting against gun violence. I applaud them for it. While I agree with these young people, they are facing an uphill battle.
They are going against the NRA, the most powerful lobbying group in Washington. According to The Week, the NRA received $52.6 million from 22 different gun manufacturers between 2005 and 2013.
While the NRA is the most powerful lobbyist in Washington, there is a way you can fight against the NRA and get your message heard. First of all, those 18-year-olds who can vote in this year’s election don’t vote for any senator or congressman who gets campaign donations or freebies from the NRA. The one thing our elected representatives in Congress don’t want is to lose an election.
Second, don’t do business with any stores that sell bump stocks and assault rifles. By refusing to do business with these stores it will have a trickle-down effect on the gun manufacturers who will lose money in the long run.
Third, remember your efforts to ban assault rifles and gun stocks won’t happen overnight. Protests against the Vietnam War went on from 1964 to 1972. The protests only ended on Jan. 27, 1973, when the draft ended and the Vietnam War was coming to a close. During this time, the Democratic Convention in Chicago was disrupted, young college students were killed during riots at Kent State and Southern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin in Madison were shut down because of demonstrations at these universities.