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NRA Has Congress In Their Hands

April 11, 2017

It has been another tearful and bloody week as gun violence makes headlines.  Monday morning in San Bernardino, California a man with a history of domestic violence walked into an elementary school, shot and killed his estranged wife, murdered a student and wounded another before killing himself.

There is no way to digest this information day after day without just feeling so frustrated at not being able to convince elected officials they have ability to act and also know they are too cowardly to do so.  We are upset as citizens not only for those in California but also for places all over this nation as we read the stories in newspapers about innocent lives shattered because a violent person was able to get his hands on a gun.

There are no more adjectives to use to describe the level of violence and blood this nation has witnessed.   When it comes to the outrage we feel for a woman who was killed by an intimate partner it is not only that one case but the countless others like her we also must be cognizant of when we think of  gun violence.  After all during the last decade a majority of women who were slain in this fashion were killed with guns.   Facts need to be focused on so hear me now that when a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the chances a woman will die increases by 500 percent.

Let us ponder something else that is a fact.  In the majority of mass shootings, the perpetrator targets an intimate partner or a family member and that almost two-thirds of the victims are women and children.

That is not some liberal on a blog talking.  Those are the awful stubborn facts.

There is bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. This week is just another example of why it’s so important they act.

But you and I both know that action is not forthcoming as the NRA has congress shackled.  The political landscape is undermined with redistricting that allows for the loud NRA money to shut out the voices of the majority who know what is happening in our communities.

The NRA is thy most dangerous lobbying group in America.  Until we all take a public stand and demand another way forward they will continue to control congress.  And more will die from gun violence as a result.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2017 10:26 AM

    Again, I say – If the data shows that these men (or anybody, for that matter) are so dangerous that they need to be banned for life from obtaining a firearm then the best & most effective way to do so is by locking them up, for life, in prison.

    It is the person who is the problem and which must be removed from society, not the tool they happen to use.

  2. April 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    In many cases I would concur with that thinking in terms of men who have shown to be a danger to women who they have either dated or married–or as the stats show been intimate with and have a background of violence. The data shows where the focus should be directed. Look at the gun violence in the Wausau area of yet another women targeted by an abusive personality. And the ease with which a person was able to have a gun to kill his once loved one.

  3. April 15, 2017 11:16 AM

    If someone is considered so dangerous that they need to be denied a basic constitutionally-protected right for the rest of their life then they are too dangerous to be walking around free.

    Lock ’em up in prison and then you don’t need to worry as much about them getting their hands on a firearm or any other tool which can be used in a deadly/dangerous manner.

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