After Orlando, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook and so many other mass murders it still takes a filibuster to convince the Republican-led Senate to take up the issue of meaningful gun control? Well, wonderful, but that probably won’t get it done.
Even if the Senate comes up with something that has potential for meaningful impact the measure will then go to the Republican-led house, which is sure to water the bill down before sending it along to President Obama, who, if the bill is relatively meaningless will either refuse to sign it (in which case the Republicans will blame Obama for a meaningless bill’s failure) or will go ahead and sign it anyway, because something is better than nothing , making it appear the Senate and House have finally passed something to deal with the flood of weapons on American streets – when in fact the impact will be negligable and the gun lobby will have again succeeded in shooting down gun control.
The only way to get meaningful legislation aimed at getting military-style assault weapons out of the hands of a civilian populace with no reason for owning such weaponry will be to completely clean house. To throw the Republicans out, reelecting another Democrat in the White House and putting Dems in charge of both houses of Congress. Otherwise there will be no meaningful change on guns. And if the Republicans remain in control of the House and Senate, we’ll be stuck with four more years of no meaningful progress on anything, as the “party of no” continues its chokehold on the system.
The following headline from the Washington Post is pertinent- “From 2004 to 2014, over 2000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the United States.”
Time and time again, Republicans in the House and Senate have proven themselves to be masters of obfuscation, refusing to even support discussion on background checks or the so-called “gun show loophole” even though that’s exactly what the American people want. By one count, 91% want such legislation enacted. And now comes the information that individuals suspected of having terrorist links can actually walk into a gun store and purchase assault weapons. It would be madness were it not for the fact that Republican lawmakers, and some Democrats as well but mostly Republicans, are being paid by the gun lobby to kill meaningful legislation regardless of their constituent’s wishes.
The term “throw the bums out,” has never been so applicable. It won’t fix our broken government as billionaires, millionaires and corporations will continue to buy American political leaders by the truckload, but it will at least be a step in the right direction.
It’s time to finally begin to at least try to get assault weapons off the streets. It won’t happen overnight and it won’t be easy, but a start must be made. It’s plainly immoral to say it can’t be done, therefore there is no use in even trying as Americans, so many of them young adults and children, continue to die.
12/14/2012 Sandy Hook 20 children, 6 adults shot dead
12/2/2015 San Bernardino 14 shot dead, 22 injured
6/12/2016 Orlando 49 shot dead, 53 wounded
American children are being slaughtered and the Republican-led Congress repeatedly refuses to act, countermanding the wishes of the American people? Is that not an election year hot-button topic?
The one and only purpose of assault weapons is the effective and efficient slaughter of human beings. To kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. That’s it. They need to be banned.