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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.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Terror,in America

As I am traveling, I am learning about the shooting of a school security officer at a Boston area college. It just gets worse with every CNN International report. It seems that just a few crazed individuals can bring one city to a halt. Remember the DC snipers?  Or Mumbai?So much for the good guys with guns stopping the bad guys with guns. Better to prevent the " bad guys" from getting them. As this tense situation unfolds, our US Senate has once again failed the citizens of America by not passing a reasonable and pretty weak background check bill. In case they think this is the end, they are wrong. The American and international public has been treated to the ludicrous power of the gun lobby. If this were a normal majority vote, the measure would have passed. But, of course, the Senate has the filibuster, making it impossible for Senators to represent the 90% of Americans who supported the bill that failed to past. Shameful is hardly the word. 

But some have had enough. It is significant that the latent ion is now focused in the gun lobby. Adolphus Busch of the famous St. Louis based beer company, has resigned from the NRA. Here's why:

     "WASHINGTON -- Adolphus Busch IV, heir to the Busch family brewing fortune, resigned his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association on Thursday, writing in a letter to NRA President David Keene, "I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable."
The resignation, first reported by KSDK, came a day after the Senate rejected a series of amendments to a gun control bill, including a bipartisan deal to expand background checks for gun sales. The NRA had vigorously opposed all those measures.
"The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established," wrote Busch. "Your current strategic focus clearly places priority on the needs of gun and ammunition manufacturers while disregarding the opinions of your 4 million individual members."
Reached for comment on Busch's resignation, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Huffington Post, "We disagree with his characterization, but we wish him all the best."
Busch joined the pro-gun organization in 1975 and has spoken before of his love of hunting. But the NRA has moved in a direction that Busch would not follow. "One only has to look at the makeup of the 75-member board of directors, dominated by manufacturing interests, to confirm my point. The NRA appears to have evolved into the lobby for gun and ammunition manufacturers rather than gun owners," he wrote.
Busch told Keene, "It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA." He singled out the gun lobby's reversal of its 1999 position in favor of universal background checks, as well as its opposition to an assault weapons ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines. "I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision," he wrote."
Now there's a man with common sense. I suspect we will see more of this after the Senate failed America and the many victims who worked so hard to get the bill passed after 12/14.  Former Representative Gabby Giffords and some of the Newtown families attended President Obama's press conference after the vote. Shame on the US Senate. This is not over yet because we know that we are better than this. The world is watching. I am watching from an ocean away. Only in America would this be the reaction to a horrific school shooting. It's time for a change. And the public will not forget that a group of Senators too afraid of the NRA lobbyists to do what they know is right in their hearts voted against the public health and safety of our children. Enough is enough. 
The format for this post will be different due to my location as I write from the beautiful and amazing city of Prague. I hope you will read the wonderful response from a Czeck citizen on my previous post. 

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