OUR VIEW: Like it or not, the NRA has the right to meet

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:05
Written by Staff

Are Americans becoming too politically correct? Are we too quick to jump on the bandwagon against a person, group or political party because it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to do so?

Some may answer “yes.”

Take the example of the Aqua Turf Club’s decision to cancel the National Rifle Association fundraiser scheduled to be held at the Southington venue.

The Herald/Press reported on Thursday: “Following the unprecedented controversy regarding the Aqua Turf Club contracting the NRA fundraiser dinner on Friday, March 23rd, 2018, the owners, an NRA field representative, and a longtime former chairperson for the CT committee of the NRA came together to work on the problem at hand,” the club’s general manager, Karen Alix, said in a written statement. “During this meeting, both sides mutually agreed to move the function elsewhere. It was an excruciatingly difficult decision to make as we had formed a 25-year client/ venue relationship. The Aqua Turf Club appreciates the understanding and support of the NRA.”

According to media reports, anti-gun advocates voiced their concern and disapproval of the Aqua Turf’s plan to host the NRA event this year in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting and other such incidents even though the banquet facility has hosted the dinner for a quarter century.

While we understand and support the many victims of gun violence in their efforts to call for stricter gun control laws, we also believe the NRA has the right to meet at a banquet facility or almost anywhere else for that matter as long as that meeting doesn’t violate any laws or ordinances.

We may not agree with everything the NRA stands for. We may not wish to condone its methods or its political stranglehold on many of our lawmakers. But if we want to remain a free and open society we have to accept the fact that everyone has a right to their opinion no matter how unpopular. It’s the price we pay for democracy.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:05. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 19:07.