Friday, May 3, 2013
The Gun Issue is not Going Away
Like so many Americans, my heart aches for the family of a two-year-old that was accidentally shot killed by her five-year-old brother. I was surprised what, Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said “In this part of the country, it's not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid," he said. I was equally surprised that a gun manufacturing company makes a gun and a commercial that caters to juveniles. There's a couple of manufacturers who cater to children but this one puts out rifle they call “Cricket.” They make a pink version for the young girls.
I know that children who are raised in rural areas learn how to drive a tractor at a very young age, and they are also taught how to shoot and respect a weapon at that age. I don't know the complete story of the Kentucky shooting and I'm not one to start placing blame on the parents because lord knows they have to live with this situation for the rest of their lives. My blame is saved for gun manufacturers who make money by enticing young children. How are they different from the cigarette manufacturers who make commercials targeting teenagers?
Last night I saw a very civil discussion between a liberal host, Chris Hayes and a gun enthusiast, Dan Baun who just wrote a book titled “ Gun Guys.”Dan Baun started by saying that he was angered by Chris Hayes’s intro where he described a gun culture out of control.Mr. Baun said that he was taught to shoot at age five, but his dad kept the rifle in a locked cabinet where children and thieves would have trouble gaining access to the weapons. Mr. Braun is not a member of the NRA because he said they've been radicalized since 1977. Come to think of it, 30 years ago we didn’t equate the second amendment with the NRA. In those days the NRA magazine was called the “American Rifleman” and its prime objective was to teach gun safety. I remember back in the sixties where the country kids had a rifle in their pickups mounted behind the seats and no one paid attention. The liberal and the gun enthusiast agreed that everyone should go through a background check to purchase a weapon and that we need to improve a system that allowed 237 people on the terror watch list to purchase a gun.
This issue continues to be about the $22 million the gun manufacturers will lose if any gun legislation prohibits the purchase of a weapon in any form or fashion. Poll numbers do not frighten legislators because as Senator Flake of Arizona said, “ those are just polls that are promoted by left wing websites.” Those were the same polls that stated that Senator Flake was going to win a close election. I am completely surprised that Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire told her constituents that she was afraid that background checks would lead to a Federal registrar. Senator Ayotte used to be a prosecutor, and we all know how they go through the law with a fine-tooth comb. I'm 100% positive that she knows that the bill included a 15 year prison term for anyone who kept a record of the background check. She's hoping that her constituents were too dumb to notice and but her approval has dropped 15% since she cast that no vote. Oh when you practice deceive.
The NRA and will hold its annual convention tonight in Houston Texas and they have chosen all the right wing crazies to speak to their crowd. Glenn Beck is the keynote speaker but in between the convention will feature the likes of Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum,Ted Nugent,Ted Cruz, and governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry. They will also hear from their newly elected president, an Alabama lawyer named Jim Porter. He'll fit right in because Porter said that the Civil War was about northern aggression, Obama was a fake president, and that Mr. Holder and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were“trying to kill the Second Amendment at the United Nations.” The vendors selling tinfoil hats and kool aid will make a killing. You've got to know that the media will attend the convention just so they can report on the ridiculous comments coming from that crowd. The NRA convention is CPAC on steroids. The speakers can’t wait to get to the gun show where they will get their picture taken displaying them holding an AR15. Nothing shows intelligence more than sporting a couple of bandoliers, a Bowie knife clinched between your teeth while holding an AR15 at the ready.
As I understand, another version of a background check bill will be submitted but this time it'll be much simpler. It won’t be submitted until after the immigration bill, and it will just include commercial sales like gun shows and the Internet sales. There's nothing like dumbing and watering down a piece of legislation to get Congress’s approval. We'll look back on this chapter of history and call it the era of wooziness.