Dear Editor:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has stood united with legal gun owners for 148 years. It has written programs for teaching hunters safety courses, conceal carry training classes and thanks to the "Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program," teaches our children in Pre-K through third grade what to do if they find a gun.

After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, the NRA was the first to develop a comprehensive plan to place armed security personnel to guard against school violence. The NRA was on the leading edge of the solution and donated millions of dollars and countless man-hours to station resource officers at thousand of our schools across the country. Thank God the NRA was there for guidance.

The first part of the 21st Century shows the number of women shooters on the rise. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports a 77 percent increase in female gun ownership since 2005. That equates to 5.4 million women who target shoot and bear arms in the United States, and the NRA is steadfast in providing training for these female firearm enthusiasts. The NRA has even developed the "NRA Women's Network" providing a source of education, news and training in every stating, including Illinois.

With over a million Americans engaged in various training courses, the NRA is truly the "gold standard" in firearm safety. No matter your age group, gender or skill-set with a firearm, you can find the type of training best fitted to your need from firearm handling for beginners, home defense to competition shooting. The NRA has a course designed especially for you.

With that said, unfortunately the cable news networks and the "Big 3" news organizations are somewhat obtuse when it comes to reporting the accomplishments of the NRA. The news channels Machiavellian reporting on firearm ownership is the highest form of hypocrisy in the United States. I urge every citizen to get more informed and research the facts instead of what you glean from these biased news channels. An unarmed citizen is most commonly known as subjects.

Tom Grimes


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