I was going to exert myself rebutting Ryan Kelly’s letter in my morning paper peddling the useful myth that the National Rifle Association is a helpful public service organization rather than the marketing arm of the firearms industry. But then I open my morning Facebook and find my fellow District 3 Democratic Legislative candidate Brooks Briscoe doing it for me:
Having been raised in South Dakota and been around responsible gun owners, I would never vote to take away ones 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. I grew up hunting on opening day and thinking of the NRA as an educational asset for the promotion gun safety. Unfortunately, the NRA has become an advocate for the firearm and ammunition manufacturers as well as one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington D.C.
When our national congress is unable to pass legislation to prevent citizens on the No Fly List from buying weapons, when 90% of Americans are in favor of it, it’s obvious that corporate money and power has defeated the voice of Democracy.
Both Drew Dennert and Dan Kaiser (my opponents) seem to be proud of their NRA endorsements, which may have been ok in the 1970’s, but times have changed and I’m proud to say that I wouldn’t accept their endorsement if it was offered. It’s time to take control from the few and give it back to the many as intended by our constitution. Vote for me in November to help make it happen! [Brooks Briscoe, Facebook post, 2016.07.07]
Briscoe makes an interesting point: we shouldn’t need gun makers’ endorsement to be considered advocates for the personal right to bear arms any more than we should need Martin Shkreli’s endorsement to prove we support the right to affordable health care.
Briscoe’s pro-Second Amendment/anti-NRA missive appears as #2 in what he promises will be a series of “20 Reasons to Vote for Brooks Briscoe” for State House. Stay tuned for more from my fellow sensible Aberdeen Democrat!