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.
One of the leading models of sex robots looks a lot like Tomi Lahren, a Twitter user once joked to me. It’s not just her looks that resemble a bot, so does the worthless tripe she spews on a daily basis.
Lahren, like a few other “sociopolitical commentators” out there today, and so many before her, does the same exact work as thousands of Russian troll bots every time she speaks in public.
The Russians knew exactly how to further drive wedges between us in this country, because we have had our very own popular/polarizing media figures showing them the way for many years already. Friday brought a bombshell revelation in the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.
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.
The Congressional approach to gun control mirrors the parenting method of Ned Flanders’ beatnik mother:
“we tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”
Of course, it’s nothing by design because so many of our most powerful leaders in Washington are beholden to the National Rifle Association, from whom they receive much of their campaign funding. In fact, the NRA donated $5.8 million to Republican candidates, and just $100,000 to Democrats. Right now, in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida which took 17 lives, it’s time to both think about how to change the status quo, and take action to help make it happen.
This mass shooting feels different than all the previous senseless disasters. This time, it feels like the enthusiasm gap between the NRA agenda and the rest of us who believe in common sense gun regulation is finally closing.
The election of candidates like Donald Trump opened the door for candidates like Roy Moore to win primaries and run in the general election on a national stage. Roy Moore has opened the door for Arthur Jones, a bonafide, full-blown Holocaust denying former member of the American neo-Nazi party who wants to be Congressman of Illinois' third district.
It's a district that encompasses parts of the city of Chicago, as well as several southwestern suburbs. The 70-year-old Jones will run unopposed in the Republican primary March 20th, and will likely then face off against the favorite on the Democratic side, incumbent Dan Lipinski in the November general election. Lipinski, in power since 2005, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, the more conservative wing of the Democratic Party.
Vice President Mike Pence regarding NFL players kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner this past NFL season:
"I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem."
This is also Mike Pence: a man who refused to stand for the host country as they entered the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Today, many on the left and in the center believe the NRA, the National Rifle Association, to be a terrorist organization. That would make Chairman Wayne La Pierre a terrorist leader, a label that the left has not been shy about affixing to him.
What happened in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay was a terrorist act. Ditto for the church in Sutherland Springs (Texas), The Pulse night club in Orlando, Newton, Columbine, the school in Kentucky last week and everywhere else. What those deplorable, irredeemable monsters of human beings did was the very definition of terrorism.