Readers Write: NHP dinner not an NRA-sponsored event

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I write in opposition to the editorial in the Aug. 31 edition of the Manhasset Times.

The editorial talks about the upcoming Nassau County Friends of NRA dinner in New Hyde Park.

The editorial contains incorrect information and I respectfully request that you print a retraction.

The editorial suggests that the dinner is a fundraiser for the NRA and that is false.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the NRA Foundation, which is a 501 (C) (3) not for profit organization that is completely different from and financially independent of the NRA.

Not one dollar of any money raised by these dinners across the United States is used for political purposes.

Monies raised are donated to organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and 4H Clubs, as well as funding the Eddie Eagle program for elementary school children.

Over the last 30 years, the Eddie Eagle program has taught firearm safety to over 30 million children nationwide and is used by over 30,000 schools and law enforcement agencies.

I believe that fairness and journalistic integrity requires you to correct your remarks. Thank you.

James G. Collins

Long Island Director, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association

Floral Park

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