Thursday, January 7, 2016

The NRA and NRA-Controlled Congress Take Aim Where None is Needed

Gun Sales Up; Open Carry Up; Ammo Sales Up — 
Gun Deaths Up
(Connection - Bet Your Ass)

Mental Health Signs
(Don't forget anger, jealousy, revenge, road rage, greed, religious view, drugs/alcohol, money, domestic fighting)

Absolutely an outstanding article. I can't argue with anything in it.

This part I found most enlightening: To the leadership of the NRA — the people who move America ever closer to a society in which everyone is not just armed, but immunized and empowered by stand-your-ground laws, allowing them to open fire at any threat, real or imagined — Obama is a criminal president, attacking the Second Amendment of the basic law they claim to hold sacred. Some of them probably think "standing your ground" would be a legitimate defense for actually using the assault rifles some gun lovers ostentatiously carry to Obama's public rallies. The U.S. is probably the only country in the world that allows such openly menacing behavior toward its leader.”

I am a retired Marine with two combat tours in VN – all in the infantry that I can assure anyone was combat up close and damn personal most of the time, thus I can speak about guns and such.

I also support the 2nd Amendment fully. But, I also support rational, decent, common sense and right now the entire GOP, run and managed by the NRA and not the people, is patently sick. I also support the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (read that someplace, too), but with all the killings recently and especially kids and unarmed people, where is their chance at life? The NRA presupposes that if they or their teachers or people around them had been armed, they would still be alive … I guess like a gunfight at the OK Corral, right? Imagine a whole bunch of folks opening up in public or on a subway or at a Mall out of fear that they person next to them in line all pissed about slow service is about to draw their “gat” and open fire and they try to be first? I can’t even contemplate such a scenario – but in this day and age of rampant insanity about being armed to the teeth to “stop a bad buy with a gun” it’s all too real a possibility and sadly, 24/7.

Let’s face, the NRA thrives on gun sales and membership and they like most of the GOP and a few other gun nut are in my view deranged and patently sick. They are in serious need of immediate mental health care treatment that is as soon as the GOP Okays funding which they have not been able to do in the past.

The NRA statement in part in response to Mr. Obama’s speech on Executive Actions he intends to take: “The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama Administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment.  The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” as guaranteed under our Constitution.  We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be harassed or intimidated for engaging in lawful, constitutionally-protected activity – nor will we allow them to become scapegoats for President Obama's failed policies.”

(Note the NRA’s use of words like “We won’t allow…” That is very dangerous talk, folks, very. Just ask the Bundy’s and other gun nuts in Oregon and elsewhere).

Mental health concerns are real. However, people with documented mental health problems are not the root of the problem. We also face a spread of open carry gun laws and more and more concealed permits, and heavily armed people all across America. Why do we need guns in classrooms guarding 1st graders, on college campuses, even in churches, and elsewhere. We sure pay plenty of lip service safety, but feel a need for more guns to be safe – that is totally a contrast. There is no short supply of that in this Congress. 

Apparently “loving guns” is more than loving life itself (or so it seems with their words vs. deeds). The evidence is all around us to support precisely what I mean. GOP politicians should take note: Your words are not the same as your deeds or lack of positive deeds should I say regarding common sense gun policy – which right now we do not have. The problem we do have will as sure as hell get far worse.

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