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Finally, someone is showing common sense and courage. Kudos to Dick’s Sporting Goods for standing up to the power and influence of the National Rifle Association and making the correct decision to stop selling assault-style rifles and magazines, and to stop selling guns to anyone under 21 years of age. Thanks to Walmart for making similar decisions.

Thumb’s up to Delta and United Airlines for eliminating discounted fares to members flying to NRA annual meetings. Hertz Car Rental and Enterprise Holdings are cutting off discounts for NRA members. The First National Bank of Omaha stop issuing a NRA Visa Card.

The question is why NRA members were entitled to reduced airline and car rental rates, favorable credit card interest rates, etc. in the first place? And why can’t the state or federal government pass gun control laws regarding assault-style rifles, bump stocks, and background checks at gun shows — which the majority of voters want?

NRA lobbyists donate generously to political campaigns, expecting votes in their favor from our elected representatives and expect “perks” from businesses or threaten to boycott.

However, there are 245 million adults living in the United States. 73 million to 81 million are estimated to be gun owners, but only 5 million belong to the NRA. The very vocal NRA members are only a tiny minority of our population, but control our elected representatives.

If President Trump can accomplish meaningful gun legislation to protect innocent victims, I will agree with him for the very first time.

Carol Knight

Yorkville

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