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I watched with fascination the March for Our Lives and applauded its leaders’ passion, intelligence, and political acuity. Polls show that many individual NRA members support some of the commonsense firearms measures that these young people demand. Older members can fondly recall when the NRA was a major educational resource for safe and responsible firearms ownership. I do. As a Harvard reference librarian I remember the American Library Association’s advice to trust the authority and credibility of the NRA in all things firearms-related. We aspire to a return of that ancien regime.

Kathleen Williams, a Democratic congressional hopeful, has expressed her enthusiasm for the March. In a speech recorded by THE MONTANA POST, she praised the students’ fantastic work. She pledged to protect our schools from gun violence and to support legislation “designed” to ban assault weapons. She proclaimed: “If the NRA wants to give me an ‘F’ for that, then I will proudly stand with YOU and say that “F” means ‘fearless.’”

Given the recent revelatory article by the INDEPENDENT-RECORD headlined “Montana Is Second Most Dependent [State] on Gun Industry” that may not have been the most felicitous zinger for her to express. Could “F” perhaps mean “foolish’?

Doug Stange

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