Meanwhile, people will go on celebrating this week-end because it's a tradition. Speaking of traditions and of President Eisenhower's speech, you might be interested in this blog post from MikeB regarding a different way to look at the Second Amendment. It's certainly a different way of looking at the reason for including the Second Amendment into the Constitution. It's food for thought at any rate. I have always loved President Eisenhower's statement about the military-industrial complex in our country and the dangers of it. I quoted just a part of it above and MikeB's post also quotes it. In today's political world, Eisenhower would be roasted, or worse, for daring to speak in such a way about peace, prosperity, common goals, the arms industry and the military.
Speaking of the the arms industry in America. it has some explaining to do. Here is a new study released by the Brady Center that exposes the gun industry for failing to report "lost" and stolen guns. And we wonder where crime guns come from? Such irresponsibility should be as challenged by Congress as the ATF's Fast and Furious program which resulted in guns gone "missing." From the Press Release: " Dennis Henigan, Acting President of the Brady Center, is outraged: “It is shocking that gun makers are so oblivious to public safety that they lose track of thousands of guns every year,” Henigan said. “ Given the lethality of its product, the gun industry has a special duty to act responsibly. Instead, it has a scandalous record of carelessness. ”" Well said. When gun manufacturers have "lost"16,485 firearms since 2009, that is a problem. When gun dealers have "lost" or failed to report 62,000 firearms since 2008, that is a problem. We have another problem: " In 2001, ATF proposed that gun sellers be required to take one physical inventory of their firearms each year to ensure that all firearms in their shops were accounted for. At the behest of the gun lobby, Congress in 2004 approved an appropriations provision proposed by then-Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), known as the “Tiahrt Amendment,” blocking ATF from requiring that gun sellers track their inventory - and that prohibition remains the law today."
The gun lobby should have egg on its' collective face. But will they? Will it make a difference to anyone that the gun industry has "lost" 8 times as many guns in 2 years time as the ATF lost in their failed Fast and Furious program? It should be pointed out that many of the guns that disappeared from the inventory at some gun manufacturers were "stolen" or "lost" before the serial number was affixed to the gun making them impossible to trace. Tracing is one way that law enforcement can solve gun crimes and find perpetrators of gun crimes. The NRA and its' allies have made sure it is as difficult as possible to trace these guns. What is that all about? Again, it must be said,.. follow the money.. Where is common sense?