Dear Editor:

In the April 25 SUN, Bill Bechtold takes issue with Becky Herman’s contention that businesses that support the recall of Representative McLachlan might be alienating some customers. He states, illogically, “Is it the view of McLachlan supporters that only one opinion is worthy of consideration.” He then equates Ms. Herman’s viewpoint to that of Karl Marx and Joe Stalin. So, according to Mr. Bechtold’s reasoning, we are not allowed to choose the businesses where we spend our own money based on philosophical or political grounds? So much for freedom. I wonder how he would feel if a local business were to visibly oppose the recall and support gun control? I suspect that the owners would face blistering criticism by gun advocates and an immediate boycott, if not screaming protesters outside their front door. They might even be run out of town on a rail!

The whole recall campaign is, in fact, based on one opinion — that Rep. McLachlan was wrong in voting for sensible gun control. Forget anything else that he might have supported, any legislation he might have introduced, or any other issue he might have championed. The only thing that counts is guns. Talk about, “only one opinion worthy of consideration.”

If we are talking about, “opinions worthy of consideration,” how about the more than three quarters of Americans who support rational gun control? This group even includes many members of the NRA. Yet, their opinion is rebuffed by legislators under the financial control of NRA executives and the gun lobby and fearful of alienating the strident, uncompromising gun activists. So, the opinion of these 200 million-plus Americans don’t count. Do only the most vocal members of the NRA matter in the public dialogue? Why are not the sentiments of a majority of Americans “worthy of consideration?”

John Porco

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.