I would like to say I was shocked about the horror that took place in Aurora, Colorado regarding the massive slaughter of innocent people by guns. Early reports stated the gunman had at least four guns — an “AK type” rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns.
The truth is I am not shocked, and if my readers are honest they are not shocked either.
Gun violence in this nation is an accepted norm given the many ‘rights’ that the gun industry has forced on the nation, and which the NRA has bought and paid for with a compliant congress. A congress, I might add, that has been in the hands of the NRA for decades. The end result of such callous gun laws can be found at the morgues of Aurora today. Members of congress who are owned by the NRA should be forced to visit the loved ones who will soon be burying the dead.
Today there had to be response from the White House press room to questions posed by reporters. But the answer that Press Secretary Jay Carney provided was limp. There is no mood in an election year to show spine or moxy and confront the real villain in this story, that being the NRA.
“I would say as you know the president believes we need to take common sense measures that protect the Second Amendment rights of Americans while ensuring that those who should not have guns under existing laws do not get them,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during the press gaggle en route to the nation’s capitol. “We’re making progress in that regard in terms of improving the volume and quality of information on background checks but I have nothing additional on that for you. This is obviously a recent event.”
For a long time I have argued that a needed conversation on the role of guns in America was required, along with the frank discussion about the controlling influence of the NRA. One would think given the rampant gun deaths taking place across the nation in our urban centers, and the young faces of our society being sent to the morgue at an early age such a conversation would be well underway.
It has not yet even started in any way that really matters.
When asked about this massive toll of death and blood from a gunman New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re gonna do about it.”
I can guarantee no honest answers to that question in an election year when the only thing that matters is the number of electoral votes needed to win the White House.
We now live in a land where at any time you can be killed by a gun.
Children playing outside.
Homeowners sleeping at night in their bed.
Movie-goers relaxing to a Hollywood event.
The conversation that is needed revolves around the number of guns that get manufactured in this nation, how gun shows are allowed to operate, the number of guns that one can purchase as well as the number and type of bullets. There is a whole series of actions that can take place legislatively to curtail the gun slaughter that this nation witnesses far too often.
In our urban centers the killings happen almost daily, but get treated as just another sad news item. The nation stops for a moment, however, when the massive shootings take place, and for a moment we ponder the craziness of the gun laws that allow this carnage to happen.
But then the baseball games begin, the cookout is to start, there is a move to go to…….
It is time to stop and truly engage each other on this issue, and start a national dialogue about what type of nation we want, and who gets to call the shots. Every pun intended.
Will the NRA be allowed to control congress and set the laws of this nation so no place is safe from the possibility of gun violence, or are the people of this nation going to show once and for all that the tail does not wag the dog.
I am not optimistic about the answer.
But I feel a need to try to make a difference.