Archive for February 9, 2013
In the sincere effort to reform gun laws in America, the effort to have open, honest conversations about gun control have been consistently and aggressively undermined by the gun manufacturing industry and their lobbying agency, the NRA. Irrelevant issues, such as the right to bear arms in the 2nd amendment, have been raised as smoke screens to confuse meaningful gun control debate. So, what is gun control? At present, gun control is a debate on how to change American society so that there are fewer homicides, shootings, mass murders, and gun violence. The approaches include changes to our entertainment industry, improved offering of mental health care and laws that both outlaw certain weapons and restrict ownership of others. What Is Gun Control? It is an effort to search for answers. It is national soul searching to find ways to ensure that the horror of the Sandy Hook school massacre never happens again. What Is Gun Control? It is a national self examination as to why America is so much more violent, especially with guns, than every other civilized western nation. What Is Gun Control? It is the search for truth against a well organized lobby that has had years of practice in creating fear, telling lies and distorting gun control statistics. It is a process by Americans to stand up to the liars and demand the truth. What Is Gun Control? It is every American gaining the courage to say we don’t want to be considered a violent and crazy nation by all the other modern countries of the world. It is about demanding the truth, the facts of gun violence and then acting to bring it to an end. What Is Gun Control? It is each of us looking in the mirror and saying, “This has to stop. People don’t need guns. We are a better people, a better community, a better nation without them.”
In the struggle to bring sane, civilized gun control in America, the debate has long been poisoned by the lobbying efforts of the gun manufacturing industry. Headed by the NRA, an organization that was once a sportsman’s association but is now funded by the gun industry to the tune of about $20 million per year, the conversation about rational laws has been muddied by irrelevancies such as the 2nd amendment. Truthful gun control statistics are hard to find. The fact is, “the right to bear arms” is well established and often protected by the SCOTUS. However, so has the government’s right to regulate guns. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. The NRA has been very successful in disseminating all manner of disinformation. Here are some truthful gun control statistics: The Federal agency charged with the enforcement of gun law violations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has not had a permanent director for over six years because of a rule, snuck into legislation unrelated to guns and sponsored by the NRA, that requires the Senate to approve nominees to the position. The result? No nominees have been approved! The gun industry has claimed that more Americans are becoming gun owners. This is false. Even as far back as 1973 only half of Americans said they had a gun in their homes. That per cent has steadily declined. Today less than 32 percent of American households have guns. The NRA has consistently tried to present gun ownership as non gender based. This is contrary to truthful gun control statistics. 80 percent of gun owners are men. More disturbing is that they now average 7.9 guns per person. Two hands, eight guns. Doesn’t make a lot of sense. Truth about gun control statistics is essential for an open, honest dialogue on gun control. Let’s demand the NRA tell the truth!