Public records show that our local Congressman Kevin McCarthy took $42,000 from the National Rifle Association. He was the seventh-leading recipient of NRA money among the total of 435 U.S. congressmen.

This seems like a small sum when you consider that many congressmen spend several hundred thousand dollars to get elected or re-elected (McCarthy has served five terms). This relatively small sum just shows how easily some in Congress can be bought.

— Terry Ford, Bakersfield