Friday, January 11, 2013

Cut The "BS" On Gun Violence

The NRA met with Vice President Biden’s task force on gun violence.  After the meeting NRA president David Keene issued the following statement:
“We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.”
Could we please cut through the “bs” about attacking second amendment rights?  
No one is talking about taking away anyone’s right to own a gun.  But the NRA would have us believe that any discussion about restricting access to assault weapons…or extended clip magazines…or requiring universal background checks on all gun sales…is somehow a violation of that Second Amendment right.  That is simply a false narrative.
If you don’t believe us then consider the opinion voiced by the most conservative member of the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia in the landmark gun rights case: “District of Columbia vs. Heller.” 
In his summary for the 5 member majority Scalia wrote:
“The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self defense at home.”
He further states:
“The sorts of weapons protected are the sorts of small arms that were lawfully possessed at home at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification, not those most useful in military service today, so M-16 rifles and the like may be banned.”
The NRA is not interested in protecting our children.  They are interested in protecting the gun and ammo industries that so handsomely line their pockets.  So they use the slaughter of 20 innocent children to promote the only thing that they care about…increasing the number of gun sales in this country.  Their solution to the Sandy Hook Shootings...more guns in schools. 
Do you have any idea how many millions of dollars gun manufacturers and dealers have made in the month since the Sandy Hook shootings?  Gun sales have skyrocketed since those children were killed.  And the NRA doesn’t want anything to get in the way.  
85% of the American people believe that there should be universal background checks for all gun sales.
 The NRA says “NO!”  
75% of the American people believe that extended clip magazines should be illegal. 
The NRA says “NO!”
And we haven’t even mentioned a ban on assault weapons.
Why the refusal to listen to a vast majority of the American people?  Clearly, based on the ‘Heller” ruling and Justice Scalia’s summary; these sensible restrictions do NOT violate anyone’s Second Amendment rights.
The problem is that while these restrictions do not impede anyone’s right to bear arms they DO serve to restrict the amount of money that flows into the coffers of the gun industry.
And truth be told, THAT is all the NRA really gives a damn about.  


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