Letter: Rand Paul’s Outrageous Claims

To the Editor:

I recently received a malevolent mailing from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who wrote on behalf of the National Association for Gun Rights.

On the envelope containing Paul’s propaganda piece is printed a statement attributed to President Obama: “In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds (to ban guns).” This absurd statement, purporting to be from Obama is, of course, outrageous and false, as is the rest of the content of Paul’s mass mailing. The mailing includes an “Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey” soliciting money as well as the respondent’s declaration of fealty to the Constitution followed by a query about whether the respondent opposes a U.N. treaty that would ban all private gun sales and create an international gun registry — a position that by context and symbols Paul falsely attributes to the president.

I am a gun owner, a supporter of the Constitution and a fierce opponent of Paul’s underhanded and deceptive conduct. This should not happen in the Senate, and Paul should be called on it. Adding to this evil is the use of a “nonprofit” organization to spread lies at the expense of those of us who pay taxes on our income while Paul’s organization solicits contributions, pays no taxes, and receives a discount from the Postal Service.

Andrew Stewart