It’s right there in the text of the second amendment: “a well-regulated militia.”
What vision of “well-regulated” did the founding fathers have? Was it gun show loopholes? The ability of a suspected terrorist who’s on the no-fly list being able to purchase a gun? What about Donald Trump rolling back President Obama’s executive order restricting the mentally ill from purchasing firearms?
How about the fact that those who committed domestic abuse can obtain guns? Or the fact that purchasing sinus medication is more closely monitored than weapons of war? How is this all “well-regulated?”
Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.
Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.
Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.
Gun control is the most important issue of the day, and the topic that’s dominating political talk shows these days. Coincidentally, a man whose childhood was rocked by gun violence, Chris Kennedy, is now emerging in the Illinois gubernatorial race.
Kennedy was just five when his father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968. Bobby Kennedy was likely on his way to winning the Democratic Party nomination and perhaps also the presidency when he was gunned down. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA, 4th District) is Chris Kennedy’s nephew, and a rising star in American politics. He was chosen to give the Democratic Party response to the Presidential State of the Union address earlier this month.
Since the adults in the room, in every single room it seems, will do nothing but dawdle, the younger generation will step up and take the lead in the fight for gun control. In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, American youth are shattering the widely held stereotypes of millenials in the political arena.
Yesterday Emma Gonzalez just completely destroyed every tired cliche endlessly regurgitated by Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and every other politician in the pocket of the Gun lobby.
You know the drill after every mass shooting- “it’s too early to have a gun control discussion.” That’s what we always hear from the NRA bought GOP congressional leadership in the wake of all mass shootings. Guess what guys?
It’s NOT up to you. It’s up to the survivors, and they tell us when it’s time to talk sensible gun legislation. Gonzalez, and the rest of the Parkland survivors say that it's right now.
Tom Steyer is a hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser with a net worth of $1.6 billion. You know him as the man who appears in that "Need to Impeach" President Donald Trump ad campaign that runs on television quite frequently.
Tom Steyer was also the highlight of the speaking program at yesterday's Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls
, as he delivered a powerful call to action...
The second annual Women's March Chicago surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations; on every level. The weather cooperated, and an unseasonably pleasant day helped facilitate a crowd that greatly exceeded last year's inaugural (according to Women's March Chicago event organizers).
The city will release their official crowd estimate numbers tomorrow, but a statement from the board of Women’s March Chicago reads:
Clever and strong protest march signs are often the greatest component of any public demonstration. When you look at all the thought and effort that go into some of these signs, you get a perfect gauge of just how strongly an individual feels on the issue at hand. You need both the right message and... Read more »
It can be very tiring sometimes, having to consistently stand up and fight so for so many of our basic rights. However, if we don't stand up right now and fight to save Net Neutrality, then it's going to become a helluva lot harder to stand up and fight for all our other basic rights.
Net Neutrality may sound extremely boring (what- IP routing protocols aren't your bag?) and like something that's not relevant to our everyday lives, but you'll really miss it, if and when it's gone. If the Federal Communications Commission votes to repeal net neutrality in nine days, then our daily lives will change dramatically, and greatly for the worse.
However, we still have plenty of time to protest and make our voices heard...
There's a reason Hollywood has made so many movies about WWII, and many more films about this conflict than any other war in our history.
Total Good versus complete evil is a concept that only truly exists in fiction, not in real life, but of all the wars that the United States of America has fought, World War 2 is the one where we really were "the good guys" and our foes were "the bad guys."
Atrocities are committed in every war, some bad people in every militia, but overall, the point remains clear - Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were the bad guys. Period...
If you’re not following Mom's Demand Action Founder
and Everytown for Gun Safety
activist Shannon Watts on Twitter,
then you really should be. In the wake of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting, she truly put Texas Governor Greg Abbott in his place
Abbott did the stereotypical meaningless and completely cliche “thoughts and prayers” bit, and as you obviously know, thinking and praying is not taking action. If you clicked on this, then you most likely read or would be interested in reading our essay on the total worthlessness that is the act of tweeting thoughts and prayers