Art Kamm: Grass Roots off base

July 15, 2013 

Grass Roots NC off base

The reward of 100 rounds of ammunition, offered by Grass Roots N.C. President Paul Valone, to anyone who could locate the whereabouts of Gabby Giffords and her husband prior to the July 7 roundtable discussion in Raleigh was both irresponsible and reckless.

Valone’s organization is falsely claiming that the couple’s pursuit of the Manchin-Toomey background check legislation would result in a national gun registry and pave the way for government confiscation of civilian firearms. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by two NRA A-rated U.S. senators and broadly supported by the American public (gun owners and nongun owners alike), actually criminalizes such activity and imposes both fines and up to 15 years imprisonment for any person who knowingly violates the prohibition against consolidating or centralizing records.

As we have learned all too well in recent times, it takes the action of only one misguided individual to inflict the senseless pain associated with gun violence. The suggestive nature of such a reward, while simultaneously spreading the paranoiac falsehood that the couple is coming to take your guns, speaks for itself and quite poorly for that organization and its leadership.

Art Kamm, Apex

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