Thursday, March 21, 2013

The N.R.A. Wins Again

In a piece by the New Yorker Magazine by Alex Koppleman, "The N.R.A. Wins Again," a link to yesterday's post, "Conservatism Kills" is an obvious one - it evidences the Conservatives' unconcern with the deaths of their fellow citizens in favor of their contributors in the gun lobby.

"Even after Tucson, and Aurora, and Sandy Hook, the N.R.A. won. Even with polls showing a majority of the country in favor of a ban and the President publicly behind it, more than a quarter of the Senate’s Democratic caucus would have voted against it, and there may not be any Senate Republicans who would have voted for it. Three months ago, there were pro-gun senators—including Reid—who were making noises about coming around on assault weapons. To a man, it appears, they have reconsidered.

"All of that is, most likely, very bad news for those pushing for expanded background checks. In order to trade a ban for background checks, gun-control advocates probably needed to show that there was at least a slim chance a ban could become law. They’ve failed to do that. So now what reason do moderate Republicans—whose votes will be necessary in both the Senate and the House—have to buck their party and vote for background-check legislation that the N.R.A. strongly opposes? What reason do Democrats in battleground states and districts have to put their reĆ«lection on the line? That it’s the right thing to do? That most people in the U.S. support it? These things have never been enough..."

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And although Vice President Biden has said that he is not giving up on an assault weapons ban, the cards against that happening are stacked against him:

“'Attitudes are changing,' Biden said in an interview with NPR News. 'The president and I are going to continue to push, and we haven’t given up on it.'

"Biden and President Barack Obama have walked a fine line on the assault weapons ban, widely considered the most politically challenging element of the gun-control proposals the administration is pushing. While fully embracing the ban as a matter of policy, the administration has avoided describing it as a must-have, wary of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. Instead, they’ve argued that at the very least the ban deserves a vote, even if political considerations ultimately place its passage out of reach.

"Gun-control advocates have insisted on the ban after an assault-type weapon was used in the massacre of 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Conn., in December, galvanizing a national discussion about efforts to curb gun violence. Soon after the shooting, Obama tapped Biden to spearhead an effort to reduce gun deaths. The legislative proposal Biden developed includes the assault weapons ban, universal federal background checks and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

"But staunch opposition from the National Rifle Association and other groups has underscored the political risks for lawmakers who support the measures, and Democrats are eager to pass whatever they can before Americans lose interest in the issue and the window to act closes."

The fact that Conservatives kill didn't go unnoticed after the Sandy Hook Massacre, when we published the following post a week later, "Conservatives' Gun Fetish Revealed," documenting the case for the criminalization of Conservatism based on the Conservatives' history of criminal conspiracies - especially the killing of innocent American men, women, and children.

As noted in our post, "The blood of the 27 victims of the Connecticut shooting, including 20 young children...", and "According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011 there were 15,953 murders in the United States and 11,101 (30 a day) were caused by firearms. Suicides and unintentional shootings account for another 20,000 deaths by guns each year. Of course, many more people are injured—some seriously and permanently—by gun violence."The shooting in the Connecticut school was not an isolated incident. We've almost become used to a regular diet of gun-toting rampages. The most visible of them—like Columbine, the Virginia Tech killings, the murders in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, and the Arizona shooting that nearly claimed the life of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and left six others dead—stick in our minds, but there are many others. Even more Americans are killed each year in one-on-one shootings.

"Until we tame the power of the NRA, we can expect more killings like this."

And until we tame the power of the Conservatives in this country - and the world - we can expect many, many more killings like this.  Conservatism must be destroyed before the promise of the democracy created by the Constitution is also shot down.


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Mother Teresa