NRA, gun owners protect us

Regarding the published “Our View” of Feb. 17 titled “It could happen here” in which you referred to the one year old tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: It was nothing but biased incomplete space filler that you used to demonized the National Rifle Association (established 1871), its millions of law abiding members and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.

Your readers deserve better.

After simple searches on your part you could have informed readers that the MSDHS Safety Committee concluded that the school did not have an active crisis policy before the tragedy and still did not at the conclusion of the committee review. The committee devoted 64 of its 439 page report to the lunatic perpetrator with red flag after red flag. He said he was going to shoot up the school.

You could also have informed readers of the NRA National School Shield Program established seven years ago to assist, without charge, schools and organizations wishing to proactively secure facilities.

Because law enforcement cannot post up in every country mile and city block, in ever increasing numbers, smart American men and women are defending themselves with weapons of their choice.

This must continue without government permission or scrutiny.

Proof that honest Americans must defend themselves and are not afraid to do so can be found every month on the “Armed Citizen” page of the NRA magazine “American Rifleman.” Each month at least seven timely accounts taken from print media detail men and women young and old defending people and property before law enforcement arrives.

Hundreds of accounts are archived.

Those that choose to protect themselves rely on the NRA, Iowa gun owners and elected people such as Ernst, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Jeff Edler to counter the hundreds of thousands of dollars showered on anti-Second-Amendment zealots in the legislative chambers by out of state dandies who themselves maintain a personal armed posse.

Editors, avoid the low road and print the truth. Step up and work on providing thorough, sincere journalism.