To The NRA, Your Apathy Is Disgusting
Politics and Activism

To The NRA, Your Apathy Is Disgusting

Your days are numbered, so enjoy it while it lasts.


Dear Board Members of the National Rifle Association,

I am tired. I am very, very tired. I am tired of you using your money to control politicians. I'm tired of you insulting children. I'm tired of you fostering the idea of a civil war.

Not only am I tired, I am baffled. Gun homicides are increasing. You do not care. The United States has the most mass shootings in the world. You do not care. 21,000 people in 2014 committed suicide using a gun. You do not care.

This is an indisputable fact: assault rifles were created to murder. They serve no other purpose. They kill and they maim and they destroy.

I cannot fathom why you support an ordinary civilian owning one of these. I cannot fathom the complete and utter disregard for human lives you have. Your right to a hobby does not outweigh someone's right to life. You value your money and power more than you value people's lives. Children's lives.

You all disgust me.

I will be honest, I have fired a gun before. I was visiting a boy scout camp for a weekend and there was an open range. Under the surveillance and supervision of three trained professionals, I shot a few clay pigeons with a shotgun. I shot and hit all three. It was, admittedly, really fun.

Here's the difference between my experience and your "Shuan vs. The Evil Dead" fantasy: I had three pairs of eyes watching me like a hawk making sure I was holding the shotgun correctly, firing it correctly, and for the love of God, aiming in the range. My experience with a gun was safe.

You advocate that people need to arm themselves. No experience, training, or precautions needed. You take away restrictions for people's own safety because hey, a gun sale is a gun sale. Is your money green, you ask? Good. That's all you care about.

You say that guns are the best way to protect yourself. Reality check: they're not. But you've never exactly cared for facts in your fear mongering and manipulations, have you?

It's almost as if your only agenda is to sell guns.

On average, 1,300 children are murdered a year through gun violence. Babies. They were barely on this earth for a decade before their lives were ripped from them. They never got a chance to experience high school. They never got a chance to pursue a degree. Start a family. Chase their dreams. They never got the chance to live. If you cared, you'd advocate for protecting children. But you don't.

On average, 20,000 people a year commit suicide with a gun. Thousands of people who cannot see any hope in life anymore, so they resort to ending it. It's the worst tragedy a human can endure. They never got to recover. They never got a chance to feel okay again. If you cared about these people with mental illnesses, you would advocate for mental health support. But you don't.

I don't know how to explain to you that you should care about people. I don't know how to explain to you that you should have empathy. I don't know how to explain that you are fostering a culture that murders people. You do not care about your fellow human beings' lives, and your apathy is despicable.

I am not the only one who views you with discontempt. People are getting tired. People are getting angry. Your apathy is no longer acceptable.

Your days are numbered. You have an expiration date, and that day is rapidly approaching.

So enjoy your power while you still can.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Raven Baxter Was Our Favorite Teen Fashion Icon And We're Still Recreating Her Best Looks, Here

We take a look at Disney's most fashion-forward show to recreate some iconic looks.

Disney Plus

I grew up in the early 2000s. And, like any child at the time, I was hooked on Disney Channel shows. My favorite was and is "That's So Raven."

Raven is a teenage psychic navigating life in hopes of not revealing her powers. Only her family and close friends know she has them. Her powers oftentimes get her in trouble, which is where the comedy comes in. But, they also teach her and her friends sentimental life lessons.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sobriety is so underrated, even when it comes to healthcare. The instant gratification of a substance or drink isn't exactly as gratifying as some people may think. For those of you who've never been hungover, consider yourself lucky — a hangover is biologically horrifying. A hangover is not instant gratification, so who are we kidding when people say "it just feels good." Being healthy actually feels good and won't hurt you or your bank account in the morning. The best way to be healthy is to choose sobriety.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ah, yes. The juice cleanse. Yet another popular diet trend that promises to magically solve all of your health, nutrition, and weight issues.

When you take a close look, juice cleanses aren't as magical as they are made out to be, and in fact, they might do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less

Unauthorized Plastic Surgery Is Totally Unethical, And Happening WAY More Often Than We Know ‬

Plastic surgery for cosmetic enhancements has you looking more botched than beautiful and it’s painful to see.

Coming from someone who could afford numerous cosmetic enhancing procedures I would never in a million years cut up my face or my body. I'm pretty emphatic and when I watch these brainwashed victims with bandages and chronic inflammation (swollen lips) I literally feel their pain.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.


Insecure is one of my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less

Making A Food Instagram Was The Greatest Silver Lining To Come Out Of My COVID-19 Experience

With the crazy and scary times that 2020 has brought, find comfort in the one thing everyone loves: food.

The waiter briskly moves towards us and stops just a foot away table, balancing the black serving tray stacked high with the ceramic plates that make-up our dinner. From memorization, he beings gently, but purposely, sliding everyone's orders in front of them and within seconds I'm am starring my meal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments