In the face of the tragedies we’ve seen in this nation in the last couple of years that have resulted from our inability to control firearms in the face of providing safety for our people, the one in Newtown should be haunting everyone in this country. Surprise! In less than three weeks, the faces of the children and the heartache of the families seems to have been lost on those gun advocates and right-wing nut jobs who claim to be the real patriots and who seem to feel that more force is the only way to deal with the ever-growing problem we have with guns in this country. It is everything else that is wrong that needs to be addressed before there is any consideration of changes in gun law. I, for one, am glad to see how vociferous and angry these zealots get as it demonstrates very clearly the edge many of these gun owners walk when it comes to being a bit crazy. I am also hoping that the rest of our country – the ones who haven’t historically been convinced that unbridled gun ownership and rights isn’t necessarily a good thing – might take a look at some of these people and the interviews or videos they are putting out there and start to think that maybe something is wrong with this picture. When you finish looking at these people and really listen to what they say, I ask you “Are these the people you want roaming the halls of our schools protecting our children?”. They seem a bit on the crazy side to me – from watching the spittle build in the corners of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s mouth as he worked himself up with David Gregory on “Meet the Press” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDgvHJ8ZkTc)
or wondering at what point Radio host Alex Jones was going to knock Piers Morgan off his chair on “Piers Morgan Tonight” in his lesson on world history around what happens when governments (although I didn’t hear one example of a democracy) taking guns from the people (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/alex-jones-piers-morgan-guns_n_2429161.html)
to a rather disturbing video by James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that trains people in weapon and tactical skills (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/james-yeager-start-killing-people-obama-gun-policy_n_2448751.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular) – if I were a neighbor of this dipshit, I might be a little concerned. (Note: if you attempt to view this video using your Ipad it will not be successful as it appears this requires Flash to play correctly – I’m looking for an alternative way to post – apologies. In the meantime, I believe you can get this directly using the YouTube app on your Ipad – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9sMv9mcdc4 – not the best copy but give it a shot).
These are only a couple of the people who are driving an agenda that will undoubtedly lead to more deaths. There are more out there that fear government takeover or confiscation of their weapons – not sure what they are hearing that the rest of us seem to be missing but it gets scarier. One last perennial favorite nut in this space shouldn’t be ignored. Ted Nugent, long time nut, shared this opinion of what it coming – “There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.” You should take a look at this article (at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/ted-nugent-gun-owners-the-next-rosa-parks/#sYG7lmuWXlow7jbx.99) but I would suggest you take a look at the comments to the “news” story – even more scary. Also, keep in mind, Ted is such a great patriot that he made an interesting choice when faced with going to Vietnam. What a patriot!
Last thought – specific to Ted, given his remarks prior to this past presidential election that he (Ted) would either be in jail or dead by April 2013 if Obama is re-elected. Well, let’s hope he doesn’t end up in jail in the next couple of months.
I heard someone make a comparison to the guns issue being like drunk driving vs. prohibition. I liked that. It’s not necessary to stop all gun ownership, but there must be some place where we can compromise and make our nation safer. I keep thinking of MADD and how they changed the dialogue about drinking irresponsibly. I would love to be involved in something like that. Also, MADD is such a great acronym. Trying to come up with something for DOWNRANGE, or ENRAGED, (note the “NRA” in the middle of each) that will catch on and inspire folks to look at this sensibly.
Great comparison – creative thoughts around embedding the NRA into something that might help bring some sensibility to the resolution process. Hate to take a pessimistic view on it but given the level of different views and the polarized state of our country at present, I’m hard pressed to see a reasonable and common-sense based approach get adopted to fix the problem – especially given the number of people that define the problem more as a personal assault on their individual rights. Let’s hope I’m wrong as maybe this time we will get enough politicians thinking about the needs and wants of the country rather than their personal agenda or ensuring their financial backers needs are paramount to anything else.