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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Who will challenge the NRA?

Finally, a writer for the main stream media had the nerve to challenge the NRA in this brave article in today's Washington Post.  The title of the article is, " The U.S. gun lobby holds Mexico hostage." It could easily also read, "The U.S. gun lobby holds America hostage" or "The U.S. gun lobby holds President Obama hostage" or "The U.S. gun lobby holds Congress hostage." All would be true statements. David Ignatius, the columnist who wrote the article linked above, is one of the few brave columnists to speak the truth about the gun lobby's power to stop the appointment of an ATF chief, to aide and abet the Mexican drug cartel, and to make sure that nothing that resembles reasonable gun laws will ever happen in this country. That is, unless a few other influential people decide that they, too, can challenge the common belief that the gun lobby is running the Congress.

I have written in past posts about the ridiculous amendments added to laws that have allowed more guns in more places. Congress went along with it, too afraid of being re-elected to do the right thing. The President, who in his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in 2008 dared to mention that passing reasonable gun laws made sense, is running for the virtual hills from even mentioning the word guns. Here are his very words: " The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals." 

What happened? I understand that the reality of running a country are different than the realities of campaigning. But come on, where is common sense? Where is the backbone needed to challenge the extremist leaders of the NRA who are just plain wrong? The American people, in poll after poll, agree with the common sense of passing reasonable gun laws. Though some polls show a lessening of support for "gun control" in general, when the issue is broken down into it's parts, they agree that, for instance, all gun sales at gun shows should require background checks. In this poll taken by Republican Frank Luntz, even people who own guns and belong to the NRA agree. In the article linked here from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the word "common ground" is used. The Mayors understand what is happening on the ground. I'm pretty sure I have heard President Obama espouse wanting to find common ground on other issues. Why not this one? I have said this before, and I will say it again. Wayne LaPierre, V.P. of the National Rifle Association has famously said, "The guys with the guns make the rules." I guess it's true. What a travesty.

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