When will enough be enough?
One undocumented criminal kills Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco and Republicans blame immigration laws. One undocumented criminal kills an innocent, therefore, all 11 million undocumented aliens must be rounded up and sent back to their respective homelands—because apparently, all 11 million undocumented immigrants have the capacity to kill innocent Americans.
Republicans blamed President Obama’s lax enforcement of immigration laws as the reason Kathryn Steinle died. Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) said the Obama Administration’s failure to enforce immigration laws led to Ms. Steinle’s death. He also blamed San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy as another reason why Ms. Steinle died.
Republicans created political theater by bringing Steinle’s family to Capitol Hill to rally for more strictly enforced immigration laws. Republicans beat a drum: Her death was the result of lax immigration laws and policies.
What about the deaths of the nine people in rural Oregon who lost their lives yesterday? What lax laws and policies led to their deaths?
Will Republicans use this moment?
This morning’s Chicago Tribuneopens with the sentence: “A rural community college became the site of America’s latest mass shooting on Thursday…”
“Latest” mass shooting….. It just keeps happening. And because of the strength of the National Rifle Association and its hold on the Republican Party, nothing gets done. Nothing.
If “All Lives Matter” (and they do!), then why does the Tribune have to report about another mass shooting? Why don’t we have the political courage to change gun laws? This doesn’t have to happen. It doesn’t happen in other “civilized” countries. Maybe when we speak about “civilized countries” we need to take the United States out of the mix. What the hell are we doing to each other? Why does this needless carnage continue to happen?
President Obama said: “This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction….Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here… ends up being routine…. There is a gun for roughly every single man, woman and child in America. So who can you with a straight face make the argument that more guns will make us safer?”
The president then noted that when mine disasters kill people, Americas act to improve safety of mines. Why don’t we do that with gun violence?
We know why. The NRA has the Republican Party in its pocket and therefore, no common sense laws limiting the sale and purchase of guns will occur.
Republicans will blast illegal immigration if one person dies from gun violence at the hands of an undocumented criminal. One person. How many THOUSANDS of men, women, and children have died because of gun violence in the United States? No place is safe. It happens in churches, in first grade classrooms, in high schools, in colleges, in movie theaters, at work, at home, in shopping centers. Our children are at risk and we do nothing about it. Some Chicagoans live in war zones and we’ve become immune to the carnage.
We do our best as a nation to raise money for research to beat diseases like cancer, yet are unable to do the same to stop gun violence.
If we could tackle gun violence in America with the same vigor as we tackle illegal immigration, we could actually get something done.
But we won’t. And that’s because we’re all pawns. They. Don’t. Care. They—all of them, Democrats and Republicans alike—only care about the next election. They use us—like the GOP used the family of Kathryn Steinle—to make political points and raise money. And they will do or say anything to keep themselves in power. And if pandering to the NRA keeps them in office, then the GOP will continue to get on their collective knees, genuflect and kiss the ring that gives them campaign cash.
But we should call it what it is. Our collective safety is at risk because the NRA has more money and power than we do.
Our we safer because of the NRA?
Americans don’t need more guns—as the NRA suggests. Thanks to the NRA, we need bulletproof vests.
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