DO WE LIVE IN THE USA OR NRA???
Yesterday, in a national disgrace and show of how many, mostly republican leaders, and a few democrats, favor those who pay for their campaigns over the citizens they represent. A minority of senators filibustered or sunk a vote on expanding universal background checks for guns, something 90% of Americans polled want!
Not sure if you know, our government is so dysfunctional it takes more than just a majority which would just be, too easily, what’s the word, democratic, now it takes a super majority of 60 to get a vote passed in the senate. The filibuster has to go, but that’s for another day.
Here is the vote breakdown so you know how your senator voted so you can let them know if you like.
The Newton massacre sadly highlighted two realities in this country. I underline highlighted because they are realities every single day before and since.
First. The long past due need for measures, and laws to stem the over proliferation of guns, particularly automatic, assault weapons and their high capacity magazines, that have no common-sense, legal use even for self-defense outside of military use. This reality was soberingly admitted to my many across the spectrum, for liberal, and moderate democratic leaders, many who are ardent gun rights supporters, to many moderate, and conservative Republican leaders, and most eye-opening the vast majority of registered gun owners. The NRA Membership, the 4.3 million strong citizens, overwhelmingly support the common sense measures that their fellow majority of Americans do. They have done so, surprisingly to myself and probably most who lean left long before this tragedy. This past may Frank Luntz, and renowned Republican pollster acquired these results that when put against the NRA executive’s moves and statements as well as their lackeys in congress yesterday are not just surprising but ultimately outrageous.
· Requiring background checks for every gun purchase (74%NRA member support) (90% overall)
· 69% of NRA Members and 85% of Non-NRA Gun Owners Support Background Checks for all Gun Sales at Gun Shows
· Requiring background checks on gun shop employees (79% NRA member support);
· Prohibiting individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71% NRA member support);
· Requiring gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64% NRA member supports); and
· Establishing minimum standards for concealed carry permits.They should only be restricted to individuals who have completed a safety-training course (75%) and are 21 and older. (63 %)
All this agreed on by vast majority NRA members, gun owners and citizens of the USA and we couldn’t get just the FIRST ONE on the list above passed yesterday in the senate. Why??????
Wayne La Pierre, and the powerful executives of the NRA, and gun lobby are out of touch with his own 4.3 million members. They even kept lying after the failed vote yesterday saying the laws would have made it illegal for family members to pass along guns to each other as yet another scare tactic. They have spent millions fighting the new regulations by intimidating members of congress leading up to the vote.
NRA wants to have armed school guards at All schools. It’s been tried in many areas for years in large urban school districts and that makes sense, some new presence like the NRA suggested is fine also like in LA, plan calls for officers to spend a half hour everyday at each school on a random time schedule, and detectives will be assigned or will “adopt” a school and make beat checks part of their routine patrols this is on top of 350-member police force are already stationed at the Los Angeles United School District’s 100-plus high schools. At all schools, and as the remedy to school shootings has already failed, at Columbine.
Common sense dictates arming teachers would be potentially disastrous, and we can’t practically have guards at every entrance to every school, it’s absurd in practice not to mention cost.
Sadly though, it’s just a diversion by the NRA, because since 1980, just under 300 people have died in school shootings, a travesty of course, but roughly 30,000 Americans die from gun violence EACH YEAR. What is their remedy for this. NOTHING
We all understand and respect the Second Amendment, but it was written in 1791, before AK47s. Our laws are thwarted when matched against each other. We can’t buy an unlimited amount of fertilizer or Sudafed, but I can buy unlimited ammunition.
Federal product-safety law subjects everything from toys to toasters to safety inspection and recalls, but exempts guns.
Firearms, however, long have been exempt from oversight by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates everything from cribs and children’s toys to washing machines and pools — making it the only U.S. consumer product not subject to federal safety regulations.
I just paid a parking fine of $68, one of a few hundred dollars a year I pay in fines, and I’m really good with tickets, and I accept it.
We adhere to dozens of rules on the roads each day, and if we break them we are promptly fined, and often lose our right to drive, paying over $10,000 if we drive under the influence of a few drinks without hurting anyone. Each year we re-register our car for hundreds of dollars often, having to prove that we are still a responsible driver, oh and also we have to insure ourselves!
We accept this because these laws enable us to safely travel and park in our cities and towns, without paranoia or hatred of the government or outrage over our rights being infringed.
Mention the barest of safety regulations for guns, assault weapons that don’t even come close to those for the vehicle we use to drive around and millions of dollars and loud voices will come flying at you. It’s utterly imbalanced and some would say insane when put side by side.
Who does the NRA executive committee and these so called defenders of the 2nd amendment really represent?? Not their members check the numbers above, certainly not the hundreds of millions of non-gun owners.
They speak for their close friends and cronies in the gun industry, who are only concerned with their power, and the money of gun sales. This vicious cycle of more deaths and guns purchased they see as a plus, a perverted balance that they just happen to profit from egregiously. They don’t care if criminals, drug cartels, mentally ill continue to purchase their guns, assault rifles, high powered magazines that can kill dozens in minutes, that have NO place in our society, all without background checks, many of them, at gun shows, or without a database to cross reference any info in an instant that could prevent these tragedies.
They just want more guns purchased, more people armed everywhere. What’s next? Armed guards when we go to the movies, at soccer practice, intimidating our children and families, promoting the cycle of anxiety and fear.
The gun-crazed culture we live in is undoubtedly a basis for what some of these deranged lunatics feel so at ease with. I don’t dispute that video games, film, and entertainment aren’t gratuitously violent, and I don’t support that but to blame them as the cause is so tired, and delusional, ignoring and Defending our pathetically weak laws where it’s easier to buy a weapon of mass terror than it is to get a drivers’ license. Where supposed “leaders” of our country in the right wing like Tim Scott, Mike Chickadee and their lobbyists like Wayne La Pierre, Fox News, The National Review, stand up like little children caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and passionately, blame everything from liberals who believe in separation between church and state, gays, video games, movies, music videos, feminists.
The NRA, and gun industry as is in line historically with recent gun attacks, and terrorist attacks like 911, are benefiting from the fear caused by the tragedies.
Since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, the organization has added over 100,000 new members, bringing its total membership to 4.2 million, NRA officials told CNN. Because of the increased attention on the issue, the officials think they will soon hit 5 million.
They actively work to weaken laws already in effect.
ATF Officials claim woefully under funded because of NRA pressure in Congress.
Joseph Vince, a retired ATF agent they will make it so that any gun-control measures that are passed are going to be failures,” Vince said
The two most tired, simple-minded statements made by extremist supporters of gun proliferation.
“Guns don’t kill people, People kill people”
Right. It’s just you know, impossible without the actual gun and bullets to kill a person with a gun. It’s also easier when that gun has been purchased without a background check, exponentially easier to kill multiple people in a short period of time with an automatic weapon that should be reserved only for the military, with high-powered magazines.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Wrong. Actually, most of these shooters kill themselves, like Columbine, Sandy Hook or give up like in Aurora.
Plenty of other things stop the bad guy also like the cops showing up at their house when he tries to buy multiple high round mags on the internet and flags go off immediately to the authorities which the NRA and gun lobby currently support prohibiting as infringement on their rights… not letting him get a gun in the first place, because he fails a stringent background check that the gun lobby wants to keep blocking, because he had an infraction in another state, or a red flag for mental health issue, or domestic violence accusation etc.
Absolutism has to go and our officials must respect us or they must go too. No one wants to infringe the 2nd amendment or take away normal gun ownership for safety or sport. Many of the background check bill sponsors like Sen. Joe Manchin are hunters and those who voted for it are owners and even war heroes like John McCain.
1,000,057,000 people killed with guns in US since a mentally ill man shot John Lennon with a gun in 1980. WOW! How is this possible?! Almost 3,000 have died since Sand Hook massacre in just under 4 months. More than on 911, and that changed this country forever with a new cabinet level dept of Homeland security, A patriot act that monitors and can legally spy on Americans 24 hrs a day 7 days a week, security at airports, and everywhere else with little to no outrage or pushback from our citizenry. We can’t ban machine guns, high-powered magazines, and institute and strengthen real background checks, closing the gun show and private seller loophole Insanity. We shouldn’t take it anymore. Let your elected officials know you want to keep your family and friends a little safer and if they don’t support that, they will be gone!