Reading time – 1:52 . . .
That’s right – we kill ourselves with shocking regularity, but that really isn’t the most salient point. Rather, it’s that all but the last two were done by red-blooded Americans who were not Islamist extremists. They were Americans who were either mentally impaired or seeking revenge. So much for the hysteria about Muslim terrorists and prohibiting the immigration of Muslims as a safety measure.
And be clear that this savaging, this brutality to innocents, is facilitated by the absurdly easy access to weapons of war. These massacres have nothing to do with the rights of hunters and sportsmen or the appropriate firearms for them.
After Sandy Hook President Obama shed tears with us over the murders of 20 little kids and 7 teachers, their bodies riddled with bullets from a perfectly legal assault rifle. He pushed for gun safety laws then, but nothing got better. I guess the gun lobby people were proud to have done their jobs so well.
Here’s a simple list of what the overwhelming majority of Americans want. This should be easy.
- – Universal background checks before the sale of any firearm
- – A ban on military assault rifles
- – A ban on large capacity magazines
- – A ban on automatic weapons
- – A ban on silencers
Like I said, this should be easy, but it isn’t. It’s yet another example of why we have to get big money out of our politics. Note that Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that this isn’t the time to politicize “the gun issue.” She’s wrong. Dead wrong. So let’s make our voices heard.
Tonight or in the next few days, show up in your town for the demonstration for sensible gun safety laws – it will be easy to find one nearby. There’s a demonstration in front of the new Dick’s Sporting Goods on Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook at 7:00PM tonight.
Then call (much more powerful than writing or emailing) your Representative and Senators and tell them you want sensible gun safety laws. Links to their phone numbers are in blue – use the search function at the top of the linked page.
And tell your legislators you want them to support the We the People Amendment – H.J.Res 48 – to get big money out of our politics so that America isn’t run by lobbyists.
How many dead Americans will it take for us to overpower the gun lobby? What’s the number?
Get up and get active right now. Our kids, friends, family and neighbors are counting on us.
Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.
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