The American people must re-shape the national discourse related to the Second Amendment rights and gun violence. As it pertains to reasonable gun control laws, the United States is a global pariah. America cannot continue to accept false narratives and blatant misinformation from self-serving pressure groups that assault weapons are “rarely used in criminal activity and would not reduce violence.” These groups continue to pursue an agenda designed to delay or destroy the implementation of much-needed gun safety measures. We need to reinvigorate the nation’s resolve to develop comprehensive and permanent “Gun Control” laws. Weapons of war don’t belong on streets throughout America.
The security of the American people is in direct conflict with the perceived “Second Amendment rights” of gun owners to possess assault rifles and massive magazine clips. These weapons of mass destruction are designed to kill an enormous number of people in a matter of minutes. On Jan. 5, 2016, before leaving office, President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence. Former President Obama instructed former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder to “review categories of people prohibited from gun ownership to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.” However, President Trump, supported by Republican Senators and Republicans in the House of Representatives has continued to rescind the Obama era gun control policies.
Trump and Florida Gov. Scott’s allegiance to the NRA appear to supersede their love for the American people. Their refusal to attend the up-coming “Parkland Town Hall” speaks volumes about their anti-gun control positions that are responsible for thousands of American deaths each year. No American that’s serious about ending gun violence could legitimately disagree with the former President Obama’s gun control directive? It is a sad day in America when we have Republicans fearing primary challenges from the right if they oppose the NRA.
1) Congress has failed to pass more than 100 gun control proposals in since 2011.
2) Background checks are a systematic way to keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives.
3) There have been 18 school shootings in the United States in just 43 days of 2018.
4) A recent survey stated that 57 percent of Americans think gun laws should be stricter.
5) The study also found that 57 percent support a nationwide ban on assault weapons.
If you are a U.S. politician “on any level” and you have a National Rifle Association (NRA) “Gun Protection” grade/rating of “F” or higher, you are not protecting the precious lives of the American people. Americans need political leaders that pledge allegiance to the USA, not to the NRA.
Elected Officials who are willing to challenge the National Rifle Association, major gun manufacturers and their support groups have more power than they think. They have the majority of the Americans people on their side. We cannot allow the TV personalities and pundits such as NRA’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre sway the American people. They are using talking points to help them kill the 23 executive actions that President Obama put forth to help reduce gun violence.
Below are a few solutions that Congress must use to enact common sense gun control legislation that will save American lives:
1) Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in this country and on the internet.
2) Make gun trafficking, OF ANY KIND, a federal crime with harsh penalties.
3) Ban suspected terrorists and individuals with mental illnesses from being able to purchase a gun and another that would expand background checks
4) Demand that politicians urgently develop comprehensive legislation to stop gun violence and future mass shootings like the one at the Florida high school.
The simple fact is, those politicians that follow the President’s lead, will not only be on the right side of history, but they will also see a groundswell of support coming from constituents (voters) in their respective districts and states. President Obama has “encouraged concerned Americans to play a role in the debate by keeping the pressure on Congress.” The president further stated that “the only way we can change is if the American people demand it and we’re going to need voices in those congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong to speak up, it can’t just be the usual suspects.”
I am going to go a litter bit further; Congressmen/women that continue to be unapologetic in regards to their support for the NRA and Gun manufacturers will themselves be guilty of conscious participation in the death of their fellow American killed by assault weapons. For that reason, the American people must be prepared to mobilize a massive march on Congress. As I stated in my last article, if you can’t afford to join the movement on Congress physically you can contact your Congressperson directly by phone.
This is our country, and it doesn’t just belong to the minority of individuals who are willing to put their desires to continue buying and owning assault rifles above our collective interest for public safety. Moreover, we cannot allow the corporate media to push the issue of gun control and reasonable gun regulations off the front pages of our minds. This time it’s diffident, and we must act accordingly.
I made a statement that there are far too many congressmen/women that are “Deaf Dumb and Blind.” They are DEAF to the violent killing of large numbers of Americans and the cries of families and citizens. The recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is a prime example; DUMB to the fears and insecurity of voters that sent them to Congress; and BLIND to times in which we live and the immediate need for stricter gun laws.
Members of Congress must trust and protect the American people and stop fearing the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun lobbies. If Congress fulfill their obligations to enact reasonable gun safety measures that protect the American people, we’ve had their backs. Its’ time for politicians to find the courage to stand up to the so-call powerful interest groups and work on behalf of the people to make America a safer place to live. Fact: When we the people speak with one voice, people power supersedes money power. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress must follow the framework for sensible firearm policies provided by former President Barack Obama. The one question Americans must ask themselves is; what will it take to get politicians to respond to the years of mass killings that have created the great American carnage?
Moving forward, voters must elevate the issue of guns control on their priority list and reject candidates and political incumbents who are beholden to the GUN lobbies. Moreover, we must make public the voting records of politicians who continue to vote to hand terrorists, both domestic and foreign, access to weapons used for mass killings and MOVE-THEM-OUT.