I would like to respond to Nancy Parks' letter on May 5, in which she admonishes the National Rifle Association for "financially swaying our public officials."
She makes the assumption the officials didn't vote the way those who elected them really wanted. She wants to "force those elected officials to act for the people and not for the biased group."
She apparently doesn't agree with the Second Amendment but she also seems to disagree with the First Amendment, which clearly states the public has the right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances."
As to financially swaying public officials, people who believe Congress is heading in the wrong direction need to be willing to support their goals with money. The NRA and several other like-minded organizations are struggling to combat the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent by the likes of New York Mayor Bloomberg and others to infringe on the Second Amendment.
This is not a new concept. The 56 signers of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, agreed to "mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." In short, if people don't like the situation, they need to put their money where their mouth is.
DENNIS CARLYLE, Kennewick