To all the "kids" protesting gun violence and demanding gun restrictions, you are being exploited by those with an agenda, and taking advantage of your grief, youth, enthusiasm, and desire to be heard.

You fancy yourselves to be protesters akin to those of the Civil Rights Era, but they protested for enhancing rights, not the taking of and diminishing of rights. You are being exploited by those who fund your groups and protests. When they no longer have need of you, they will abandon you.

"Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you." — Benjamin Franklin. Again, he said, "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Certainly, they will lose both.

Safety will not be found in new firearms restrictions or bans. Only a ruthless total confiscation of all arms would begin to achieve your goals. Thankfully, that will not happen in a free and Constitution-abiding America.

You rail against the NRA as evil. But do you know what the NRA is? It isn’t some corporate group of "suits" plotting violence. The NRA is 6 million members representing 6 million families, and many millions who aren’t members but share their ideals. It is the foremost organization teaching firearms safety and training. It is dedicated to preserving freedom found in our Bill of Rights.

This is an organization that cares about individuals’ liberty, responsibility, and security. The NRA has always pushed for stronger criminal penalties for those who commit crimes with weapons and continues to do so. Don’t buy the lie. Learn the truth about who the NRA really is. Talk to us, with respect, and we will be happy to share with you the truth about the NRA and the importance of liberty and the Second Amendment.

Dave Castello, Cuyahoga Falls