Apr. 9, 2013

Politics 101: The REAL Gun Control

 "It's a question of methods. Everybody wants results, but nobody wants to do what they have to do to get them done"
                            Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact)

I know that people kill people and the guns are just a tool, but profits cannot be more important than our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It was very distressing to watch Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stand on the U.S. Senate floor and have to beg his fellow senators to allow a debate on Gun Control legislation. Many GOP Senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have threatened a Silent Filibuster.  This "Political Stunt," as President Obama calls it wouldn't even be possible if Reid himself had done what was in his power to do at the beginning of the year.

Reid cut a deal with McConnell that would keep the current filibuster in tact and allow this procedure, which appears NOT to be in the best interest of American citizens.

Most of our citizens are not aware how our government works. The real down and out dirty politics. We all just assume that government doesn't work and we leave it at that.

It takes political courage to take on the NRA. President Obama has no more elections to win. He is now into his second and final term as our president and he has a lot of issues to tackle before he leaves office in January, 2017.

He has called Newtown his "Worst Day" as president and he obviously cares deeply for the families who lost loved ones and the thousands since who have needlessly died in gun violence.

America has a gun problem.  The polls have shown that 90% of Americans want "Background Checks" for gun purchases accross the board. This is a fact. The Republicans are not disputing this fact. There are several Senators and Congressmen and women who are sticking nwith the NRA, who once (in 1999) said there SHOULD be background checks.

Why would Wayne Lapierre announce the NRA was in favor of background checks in 1999 after the Columbine shootings and do a 180% turn in 2013 after Sandy Hook?

May I suggest Mr. Lapierre was told by the gun manufacturers who made it clear to him that there will not be any gun restrictions in America? Why else would Lapierre go on Fox News and tell Megyn Kelly that "Anyone who knows about guns" knows that 30-round gun clips, or 10-round gun clips wouldn't have saved lives at Sandy Hook.

We live in an age where there is SO MUCH is just stated as fact everywhere that our fellow citizens are easily confused by our politicians changing stances.

Here is an example. Several weeks back Arizona Senator John McCain stated in front of Town Hall goers in Arizona that "Assualt Weapons" legislation would have "No Chance" passing through congress. McCain said this right to a woman who lost her son at the Aroura Colorado mass shooting from last summer. This same John McCain on April 7th said "We should at least have the debate" in the senate. He made himself look politically more palatable by making this statement, knowing full well that his Town Hall statement will do lesss political damage to him nationally. These guys are real pieces of work. 

There are plenty of Congressional Democrats who are equally as slimy. Politicians usually pay attention to polling, but when it comes to Gun Control Legislation they follow the money. It is NOT the NRA money we should be concerned about, it is the gun manufacturers that sink millions to the NRA and gun-friendly congress members annually.

Here is a quote from "The Nation" (December, 2012) that really explains:

"In reality, the NRA is composed of half a dozen legal entities; some designed to run undisclosed attack ads in political campaigns, others to lobby and collect tens of millions in undisclosed, tax-deductible sums. This power has only been enhanced in the era of Citizens United, with large GOP donors in the last election reportedly funneling money to the NRA simply to use the group as a brand to pummel Democrats with nasty ads. (As The Huffington Post’s Peter Stone reported, even the Koch network now provides an undisclosed amount to the NRA.)"

So if we follow the money, we don't JUST blame the NRA, we have to hold the manufacturers responsible for NOT policing themselves. Look, even the cigarette industry runs TV ads stating the fact that smoking is bad for everyone.

Right leaning politicians have no problems protecting the life of the unborn, but when it comes to guns and this epidemic of gun violence in America, the money is far too abundant. It is easy to scare people into thinking (wrongfully) that Obama is coming for all of your guns. It is simply not true. Obama and Senator Diane Feinstein are just trying to get weapons that are meant for the battlefield and the ammo clips off the streets, so people who shouldn't have them can use them for evil purposes.

This may be our only chance to move the needle on this. I personally detest guns, but totslly defend people's right to protect their homes and loved ones, but that does not mean that everyone should have them. Gangs on our city streets are not considered a "well-regulated militia." Crazy kids with a bad home life do not need to be able to shoot 154 rounds in 5 minutes at a grade school. 

Amendment II. A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.