Friday, July 1, 2016

The NRA wins again

19 days have passed since the Orlando Massacre. The NRA has proven, yet again, that our short attention span, combined with the fact that enough legislators are in their employ, prevents any real gun safety reform. The nation's laws remain the same with nothing in the anticipatory pipeline.

I am not surprised. Not at all. About 3½ years ago, 20 six-year-olds were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lots of noise—nothing to address the problem.

A cynical NRA can assure their employees in the US Congress that “this will all blow over.” It is an honest assertion.

The NRA has convinced a fair number of citizens that we want to take away their guns and that they need an assault weapon with a 30-bullet magazine for self defense. The NRA has succeeded in convincing those folks that there is no reasonable due-process solution to “No Fly—No Buy.” and that criminal background checks infringe on their Second Amendment rights. But most of all the NRA has convinced people that there is no problem and that, if by chance a problem exists, the solution is to arm more citizens with more guns.

Those folks drank the Kool-Aid. It is virtually impossible to get people to divorce themselves from conspiracy theories that they have embraced. Hopefully we can get enough grownups to the polls to make a difference. Nothing will change until we fire the NRA's congressional employees. Otherwise it is another mass shooting, rinse and repeat.

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