Over at Time, Stan Stumbo, a retired Navy commander and marine engineer, writes about why he left the NRA.
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The organization is being irresponsible in addressing gun safety
I was a member of the National Rifle Association for more than 50 years. In 2012, I decided not to renew my membership.
But I strongly believe that being a responsible gun owner means supporting sensible laws to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. This belief was cemented by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. The shooting in Oregon last week was another tragic reminder.
I feel that four things can help prevent such tragedies in the future. Requiring background checks on the state and federal level is the sensible first step. In addition, there should be penalties for officials of city, state and county governments who fail to enter people’s names in the database when they’re judged to be mentally ill, or a danger to themselves or others, or have convictions that would make them no longer eligible to own firearms.