It has now been probably 10 minutes since President Obama finished the news conference on actions to curb gun violence in our country. While I don’t tweet or watch trending issues among those that do, I expect the internet is swarming with irate NRAers and the rhetoric will take on an even higher dimension of fear and threat as the efforts Obama has put into play become more real. I expect there are those already heading out to re-supply their food and ammunition coffers as they undoubtedly see this as only one step from the government knocking down their doors to take their guns. Just that picture alone and that there are those who actually believe it is pretty amazing. I have to wonder how some of these people would score on an MMPI, Rorschach Ink Blot or even Myers-Briggs Personality test. But I digress. It is obvious that Congress will likely be a large part of the problem in making change so depending on that will be futile. As the President said it will be incumbent on all of us to make sure our politicians not only understand what we want but that we will hold them accountable for their actions – or lack there of – in not taking the wants and needs of the majority of the US public into account when making the decisions they do. We need to make it clear that while these politicians might fear a loss of money from the NRA and other related lobbyists, those we elect must realize that all that money won’t make a difference when they are no longer in office. It is time to tell these politicians we will not only not support and not vote for them, we will actually vote against them – no matter who is running. Start the letters, emails, phone calls, whatever works for you.
In the meantime, speaking of fire with fire. While not really surprised at the depth of human nature the NRA has stooped with their latest ad drawing the President’s children into the issue, it becomes increasingly clear we are not dealing with thinking and feeling human beings. It is obvious that common sense, compassion, empathy, and a myriad of other real capabilities will not work with these people. It is time to take it to a level they understand. It would be nice if the group Anonymous had some sort of signal like Gotham City had for Batman when they needed him that we could just shine it up onto the clouds but let me just reach out and make a suggestion to them – I doubt they haven’t started down this path on their own but wouldn’t it be a nice gesture if we could see the names, home addresses, pictures, personal email addresses, telephone numbers of not only all the leadership of the NRA (both past and present) but also have the same info for all their families – wives, children and grandchildren as the case may be – posted somewhere out for all to see. Of course they would cry “foul” but maybe this would jolt some of them into some semblance of human form. If it was good enough for the Westboro Baptist Church, why not the NRA. Both pretty despicable organizations.