I Received an NRA mailing today about gun rights.

Dear Editor:

I Received an NRA mailing today about gun rights.

The mailing endorses the reelection of Steve Southerland and intimates that the Obama administration is anti gun.

So here are the facts concerning that false supposition.

  In February of 2009 Outdoor Life received a letter from a hunter worried about how President Obama would address 2nd Amendment gun rights if another mass shooting would occur. Not sure which shooting he was referring to. "Are we law abiding sportsmen going to have to pay the price for another problem"? President Obama’s response written on White House stationary was short and resolute.

 "I believe in the 2nd Amendment and the rights of sportsmen like you. Period."

     Sincerely Barack Obama

 President Barack Obama believes   the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns.

  Ted Kennedy's bill had nothing to do with hunting ammo. The bill sought to ban protective body armor piercing ammo. I have not seen any deer roaming around wearing body armor and I'm sure law enforcement is not in favor of bad guys having such ammo. Maybe Sheriff Nugent would care to comment on that.

President Obama signed a bill allowing loaded firearms in most national parks.

As a US Senator Obama has not pushed for a five-mile limit on gun shops and it is not part of his presidential campaign.

Obama has made no statement for a Second Amendment test for his Judicial appointees.

The Obama administration has agreed to talk about writing a UN treaty to regulate arms imports and exports which in no way bans their possession.

Most of this stuff is put out by the NRA which receives a great deal of it's funding from gun and ammo manufacturers.  Some folks believe it and run out and buy another couple thousand rounds of ammo and maybe another assault rifle, more profits for the manufacturers who send another big check to the NRA.

All this false or misleading information can be dismissed by going to Politifact or Factcheck.

For those of us who remember the TV series Dragnet, an often stated line by SGT. Joe Friday (Jack Webb), was "The facts ma’am, just the facts."

 Am I a gun owner? You bet your bullets!

 Tom Knoche

 Port St. Joe