It’s not my intent dwell on the Colorado shootings. It is a tragedy. Thoughts and prayers, please for the victims and their families. Mr. Moyers does come down hard on the NRA and rightly so. But I don’t want to place blame politically. Both sides fall short. Republicans are in bed with the NRA, and far too many Democrats are afraid of the NRA. I do not support taking people’s right to bear arms away, nor do I believe that there is a a conspiracy to do so. I do favor a few common sense regulations.
Bill Moyers offers his cogent thoughts on the role of gun-rights outfits like the NRA (and its many, often more rabid, imitators), all of whom in the end are really the well-financed arm of weapons manufacturers, and how they have polluted not just American discourse, but our very way of life itself.
They have done this by several means. One, as Moyers notes, is the legal fraud they have foisted onto the public (and now the courts) with their insistent claim that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to own any weapon a person likes. But the other, perhaps more significant, and decidedly more toxic, pollution of American life has been the gun fetishists’ violent worldview, manifested in the permeation of guns into all corners of our modern culture — particularly those where males are involved.
We’ve written previously about the paranoid fantasizing that is a product of this worldview, and how it translates into cockamamie conspiracy theories that the black President of the USA is secretly plotting to take away all Americans’ guns. And we’ve talked about the deadly consequences of the NRA’s incessant weapons-mongering. Obviously, after yesterday’s rampage in Aurora, it’s even more germane… [emphasis added]
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Here’s Bill’s Video.
As always, Moyers is spot-on.
I’d like to see the assault weapons ban reinstated, but make it possible to get a permit for one. I’d like to see a ban on the oversized clips. There is no reason a sports shooter needs 30+ rounds capacity in a pistol. I’d like to see the gun show loophole closed, because even people for whom guns are now illegal can buy one easily. I’d like to see shooting licenses. Like a driving license requires someone to show basic knowledge of laws and vehicle safety, a shooting license should only require someone to show a basic knowledge of laws and gun safety. Finally, people on a terrorist watch list, and people with documented mental health issues should not be armed.
This should not be a Republican vs Democratic Party issue. Political party does not follow those killed in senseless gun violence to the grave. Whether Republican or Democrat makes no difference in the degree of death.