To the Editor:
Walt Zlotow's letter (Kane County Chronicle, April 24, 2013) accuses lawmakers who voted to uphold the Bill of Rights as, "The 41 GOP senators and four Democratic senators who voted to shut down debate on sensible gun control ran toward the money they receive from the [National Rifle Association] to maintain their lavish political lifestyle."
Has it ever occurred to Mr. Zlotow that anti-civil liberty organizations, like the former Handgun Control Inc. – rebranded as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – give money to their ilk to support anti-2nd Amendment legislation? Is this somehow different?
Yes, it is actually. The NRA is truly a grassroots organization comprised of millions of civic-minded Americans seeking to protect the Constitution. The NRA gets the bulk of its funding from mom-and-pop types, although certainly corporations contribute as well.
Mr. Zlotow then goes on to say their "job descriptions" specify these senators represent the interests of their citizens. No, actually they take an oath to uphold the Constitution. We are a Republic, not a democracy. You would do well to know the difference. And in voting to uphold the 2nd Amendment, they are honoring their oath.