I am a member of the Second Amendment Foundation and a life member of the National Rifle Association, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Yes, self defense is a natural right of all living organisms.

Blaming the NRA for the misuse of a firearm by a disturbed individual is akin to blaming AAA for someone guilty of vehicular homicide.

The left hates the Second Amendment even more than they do the First ("You're free to speak your mind my friend as long as you agree with me" — Steppenwolf). Leftists would be perfectly happy with the evisceration if not outright repeal of the Second Amendment, leading to registration and confiscation of firearms not meeting the left's criteria.

Part of the problem is the anti-gun crowd's fixation on gun-free zones, which have predictably turned into killing fields by individuals who have no intention of respecting a gun-free zone.

Finally, l won't tell you liberals what kind of knife to bring to a gunfight if you won't tell me what kind of firearm you think l am entitled to have and how I should use it.

Mark Ketcham,