Don’t judge the NRA from an ‘ambush’ interview

Charlton Heston was suffering from Alzheimer’s at the time of the infamous “Bowling for Columbine” interview.

Shame on Stanley McKie for his attack on the NRA and Charlton Heston (“The NRA should should some blame on shootings,” published Aug. 28, 2019).

Mr. McKie strongly suggests that the National Rifle Association is to blame for “mass shootings.” He uses a cut-and-paste eighteen-year-old “ambush” interview with Charlton Heston conducted by Michael Moore to discredit the NRA and its millions of members.

What McKie’s letter-to-the-editor fails to consider or mention is that the interview occurred in 2001, shortly before Mr. Heston revealed to the public that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He resigned his NRA position in 2003 and died in 2008.

Maybe someone should conduct an front yard “ambush interview” with Mr. McKie when he is in his declining years and diagnosed with a brain altering disease. Maybe now is the time.

Joe Salz


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