A generous estimation of the membership of the NRA puts their total number at around four million. In a nation of over 300,000,000 citizens, how can the bosses of this relatively small group control the agenda of all legislation pertaining to Second Amendment matters and more specifically, the proliferation of high-powered guns? Moreover, most gun owners are entirely supportive of sensible gun laws Congress refuses to pass. What causes such disharmony where popular opinion is so antithetical to current legislation?
The founders of these United States could not have foreseen weaponry as lethal as today’s automatic weapons when, at that time, it was so arduous to fire a single shot musket. They designed the living, breathing Constitution to be malleable, hence the amendments that have kept up with changing times. Technology adds extra responsibility and these advancements infringe upon the safety and well-being of our citizens. This was paramount to the thinking behind our Constitution. No one with an IQ higher than room temperature argues against stricter background checks, assault weapons restrictions and Internet/private/gun show sales. In fact, most members of the NRA already believe stricter gun laws ARE in place.
The culprit of all this malevolence is the conservative-owned media. They seek to deceive, distort and confuse their base. This deception is achieved by employing some basic strategies: offensively false billboards, hiring caustic radio/tv personalities and the natural concomitance of fundamentalist Christians with the gun industry. Add a touch of racism and Hitler=Obama-hysteria and you’ve ginned up enough terror in a large segment of the population to create a culture that now believes the government is plotting a socialist takeover where the Second Amendment will be annulled. Many people honestly believe President Obama is coming for their guns even though he has not passed one law to justify this paranoia.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed three bills into law to curb gun violence on March 20, 2013. However, just the night before the signing, a member of a white supremacist prison gang shot Tom Clements fatally. The perpetrator, ex-convict Evan Ebel, the 28-year-old parolee from Denver, emerged as a lead suspect in the killing of the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. Ebel has a history of violence, combined with “a hateful mean streak” and was eventually apprehended and shot by a Wise County, Texas deputy. The order for the hit on Clements, age 58, came from within the 211 Crew, a prison gang.
The gun problem is actually a very partisan issue, where Republicans are the primary recipients of NRA support. 88 PERCENT of Republicans in Congress have accepted monies from this terrorist organization who places profit over the general welfare of the country. Also worth noting, 11 percent of the recipients of NRA cash are Democrats (from Red States mainly) and this explains the inability of certain Democratic Senators to vote against anything that seemingly limits gun ownership. Knowing there would only be roughly forty votes in the Senate, many liberal progressives, chastised Majority Leader, Senator Reid, for not bringing an assault weapons ban to the floor. Unfortunately, a failed vote would not only fail to bring any legislative change, it would damage the Senators facing reelection in 2014 like Begich (Ak), Landrieu (La) and Baucus (Mt). Harry Reid knows when a vote would be pointless, and as unpalatable the whole thing seems, he’s right.
Even my beloved state, Nevada, has been hijacked by the more guns are always the solution crowd. S.B. 137 gets its hearing today in the Nevada Legislature, in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure sponsored by state Senate Republicans Goicoechea, Settelmeyer, and Cegavske, would revise and ease restrictions on concealed carry permits for firearms. Of course we should let more folks carry guns, because that preventative measure worked so well for the dead Marines at Quantico Base, who were surrounded by guns. I am positively nauseous at stories like the poor woman whose baby was shot while in a stroller by gun toting teens after losing another child to violence.
Wayne LaPierre and David Keene are death merchants, plain and simple. The NRA leadership embodies THE quintessential Libertarian/Republican principles of valuing profit over safety, health and security while promoting paranoia and distrust of government. Only when one of their own is affected by a particular societal injustice will they open their eyes to the mainstream opinions of our ever evolving population, who increasingly accept gay marriage, stricter gun laws and laws to protect our frightfully toxic environment. Anyone who believes laws will be broken, therefore we don’t need to bother enacting any laws to curb guns is employing absurd reasoning and should not be considered a rational human being.
This is a battle that is far from over, and if the progress on gay marriage and women’s rights is any indication of our society evolving despite the out-of-touch GOP wanting otherwise, history will repeat itself. Eventually the Tea-Party crazies, white-supremacist doomsday preppers and the NRA itself will be an embarrassing relic of our past, like the Antebellum South with its sordid history of slavery in America. Until that wonderful day, where we can put this violent domestic terrorism behind us, we have to contend with more tragedies which could so easily be averted. Australia and England have concrete data which show that strict gun control works! Someday, I sincerely believe we will as well.
Recently, following the Boston Marathon tragedy, a suggestion was posed that should irrefutably solve this Second Amendment “dilemma.” If there have been over 1,300 weapons purchases recently by those on the FBI’s TERROR WATCH LIST tell me what kind of rights are these psychopaths trying to protect? As antiquated as the 3rd Amendment is now considered, the 2nd Amendment seems as antediluvian.