The following was originally posted on November 4, 2016. It has been edited and re-posted:
I burned my NRA card because I'm fed up with their obstructionist policies, fear mongering, lying surrogates and phony 2nd Amendment arguments.
NOTE: You can save yourself the hassle of reading this by clicking HERE to see the video.
The headline of a story in our local paper read, "Chicago Man Arrested For Use of Firearm."
According to the story, Michael D. Samuels was pulled over one morning and wound up being charged with "aggravated use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a street gang member."
Police discovered the gun during a traffic stop out here. It doesn't say what Samuels was stopped for, but that's not the point here.
Michael D. Samuels, a convicted felon and known gang member had a gun and he probably had no problem getting it.
Which brings us to the NRA.
After any mass shooting like Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 died or the Pulse night club, where 49 were killed and 53 injured, the National Rifle Association reflexively announces that guns had nothing to do with the shootings.
Neither Wayne LaPierre nor any of his followers seem to get the irony of calling out Democrats for making a political issue out of these tragedies.
Why is it that Republican legislatures across the country are passing voter ID laws to stem a tide of voter fraud that doesn't exist, but won't try to stiffen gun laws to stem a tide of violence that actually does exist?
Most of America's gun violence, like here in Chicago is caused by handguns, not the type of rifles used in the aforementioned shootings.
How can anybody be opposed to doing something that might make it more difficult for someone like Michael Samuels to get his gangbanging hands on a gun?
I have guns, you might even call me a gun enthusiast. I'm also a light sleeper, an excellent shot and a firm believer in the Castle Doctrine.
We need to make a greater effort to keep guns out of the hands of bad and crazy people. That may mean more stringent, universal background checks, greater oversight at gun shows or not selling guns to anyone on a no-fly list.
Someone like Wayne LaPierre should not be able to stand in the way of making America safe for our children.
The inconvenience of someone having to clear their name off a no-fly list before they can get a gun is insignificant. What's the rush?
Sometimes we're inconvenienced for the sake of public safety. It cost me about a grand to get my car through the emissions test.
The NRA gave an "F" rating to then Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who ran for Senator in 2016 against incumbent Roy Blunt.
Kander joined the National Guard after 9/11 and volunteered to go to Afghanistan after he graduated from law school. He's a real American hero who knows his weapons and believes in his 2nd Amendment right to own them.
He just doesn't think terrorists and assholes should have them.
The NRA gave Blunt, who has never served this nation an "A" rating because Blunt voted to shorten the waiting period for guns from 72 to 24 hours.
Spokesliars for the NRA include LaPierre, Dana Loesch, Jack Kingston and just about every Republican. It's either too soon to talk about keeping guns out of the hands of whackos or it's about mental health.
Granted, there's a lot of crazies here in America, a few of them are mentioned above. Other countries have crazies too, though. The only difference is that they don't arm them.
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