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Speaker Paul Ryan Is The Tail, NRA The Dog

June 23, 2016

It was perhaps the most dramatic event that has occurred in the House of Representatives since the last impeachment proceedings.  Every person in the nation soon took notice when Congressman John Lewis and his fellow Democrats made their way to the center of the House floor and stated they would not be leaving until the leadership placed a gun control measure before the body.  Social media went into over-drive.  Many people who felt that congress did not hear the voices in the hinterlands about the never-ending amount of gun violence wanted to learn more about the tactic.

Following the horrific and deadliest mass murder by a gunman in our nation’s history there has been a clamor for congress to act on some common sense gun control legislation.   What has been discussed is not revolutionary.   It is, in fact, rather small in comparison to the solutions that need to be implemented.

Demanding a background system that has time to work prior to a gun purchase, not allowing people on watch lists from obtaining a weapon, and denying those on the no-fly list from purchasing a gun are all the common-sense measures that the populace strongly supports.

But there are some lobbyists at the National Rifle Association who absolutely demand Speaker Paul Ryan not bend or compromise to the Democrats in congress who seek a more sane way for guns to be bought in this nation.

But more importantly the NRA is telling Ryan to ignore the compelling pleas from the citizenry across the nation who have expressed their desire to not allow terrorists to purchase guns.  Ryan has downplayed the legitimate reasons Democrats took to the floor.  He cheapened the loss of life in Orlando by not recognizing the real concerns felt in neighborhoods all over the country when it comes to gun violence.

Ryan also made the November elections a lot more enticing for Democrats.  With his political blunder Ryan has now helped create the 30-second ads that will feature an incumbent congressional Republican with the tag line that reads “Would Not Vote To Stop Terrorists From Buying A Gun”.

The issue I have with Ryan on this matter is that I know him to be a policy wonk.  He knows deep within the gun control measures are needed and should be passed immediately.  But his partisan steak and purposes do not allow him to act as his mind would dictate.    He has allowed the NRA to control him, and sadder still, the levers of power in the house.

Once again, the voters are watching as the tail wags the dog.

And more people will die as a result from guns.





7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2016 1:08 AM

    Read Joseph Ellis and his works on the Founding Fathers and then we can talk about the Constitution. Your current views on the Second Amendment are derived from FAUX News and right-wingers.

  2. orlin sellers permalink
    June 24, 2016 12:33 AM

    Clearly you are not strong on civil liberties and believe a person is guilty until found guilty.
    I hope you are never on a ‘no fly list’ without ‘due process’.
    Again, why don’t you and your friends find your huevos and just call for the repeal of the Second Amendment. That is your ultimate goal, anyway.

  3. June 23, 2016 10:26 PM

    Well, Orlin, I would say it does not have anything to do with the topic of John Lewis taking the floor or about Paul Ryan.

  4. June 23, 2016 10:11 PM

    Thanks, Peter. Great link!=Great Read!

  5. orlin sellers permalink
    June 23, 2016 6:33 PM

    Okay, let’s see what an honest liberal, one not afraid of truth and facts, has to say about this:

  6. June 23, 2016 5:05 PM

    When you listen to Mr. Ryan speak, he RARELY (if EVER) mentions doing what is appropriate for PEOPLE. His comments almost always are focused on what is best for corporate interests and the ultra-conservative GOP/Teapublican politics that has marked his calculated political career. His comments about the end of the House Chamber Sit-in are particularly disingenuous, IMHO. I don’t think Mr. Ryan will be going down as one of the better House speakers — reality eventually catches up with legislators who put lobbying interests above constituents. Too bad this won’t be happening this year for Mr. Ryan.

  7. June 23, 2016 4:58 PM

    The Daily News nailed it. Ryan is a putz, always was, always will be. He is a wolf in wonk’s clothing who does the bidding of the rich and powerful at the expense of his own constituents. Read Lou Kaye’s (Janesville) blog if you don’t already:

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