To the Editor:

In regard to the letter of March 15 by Lynn and John Patti:

Retired teachers need to educate themselves. The NRA was established in 1871 as a non-profit organization. The organization is supported by membership dues and donations from supporters. The NRA does not receive appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers.

It was originally formed to promote marksmanship training. The NRA has since established a wide variety of activities, ranging from gun safety programs for children, the Eddie Eagle program and adults. The NRA also trains law enforcement officers to protect the public. They have certified civilian firearms instructors that train the general public on firearms safety and marksmanship.

They have an NRA School Shield program which is free of charge to empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.

It is obvious by your comment, “unwilling to face down the NRA and enact common-sense gun control measures," you know nothing about either. NY state is one of the strictest states for gun control; more gun laws will no stop school shootings.

A school resource officer is a good start. His salary should not be an issue.

DIETER KRAEMER

President, Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs

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