POLITICAL observations & opinions

* domestic terror – we should push the NRA to focus on the murders, not the guns

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 12, 2009

 Cynthia Tucker writes in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (4/12/09) …

  • mass shootings are a form of madness
  • but what’s even more insane is our passive reaction.
    • the proliferation of weapons of war on our streets and in our homes? 
    • the indulgence of a gun culture that insists average Americans should own assault rifles? 
    • the complicity with a gun industry that supplies Mexican drug cartels?
  • Who cares?
  • If these attacks were the work of foreign-born terrorists, the White House would be swamped with protests
  • But attacks by Americans on fellow Americans are met with public indifference and official cowardice.

LMW COMMENT

After reading Tucker’s column, I went to the NRA web site. There I found a long list of issues and lengthy, well-articulated positions, seemingly all in favor of virtually no control over the acquisition of all types of weapons.

What I didn’t find was a single thought on how to prevent the misuse of those weapons, as in the 7 mass murders in U.S. in the past month.  Apparently this is not a matter of concern to NRA members. But why not? And why do we let them get away with such irresponsible behavior?

I think we need to change the terms of the argument. We need to address gun-advocates and political leaders who are afraid of the gun lobby, not on the guns themselves, but on their horrible misuse. We need to change the focus the enormous energy devoted to anti-gun arguments pro and con so that we try to determine how to prevent the slaughtering of innocent people by deranged individuals who have come to possess weapons of mass murder.

On this topic, we should all agree, with the goal if not the means. Those who argue for the proliferation of the weapons used in such killings have a moral obligation to address the consequences of their positions. Surely we can find some politicians with the courage to bring the NRA into this discussion.

 

Read the entire column at … http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/tucker/stories/2009/04/12/tuckered_0412.html

 

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2 Responses to “* domestic terror – we should push the NRA to focus on the murders, not the guns”

  1. Chris Lenny said

    You stated “We need to change the focus the enormous energy devoted to anti-gun arguments pro and con so that we try to determine how to prevent the slaughtering of innocent people by deranged individuals who have come to possess weapons of mass murder”
    Restricting arms would not achieve what is your stated objective. The appropriate response to a deranged individual in possession of any arm who is intending to do you harm is a quick and greater force against that individual.
    The notion that passing a law, regulation, rule, or any other ordnance will some how protect you is ridiculous. Regulating away firearms protects nobody but the individuals who don’t obey the law anyway. If regulating away arms works so well lets talk about the great success of gun control. New York, DC, New Jersey, and California these are all places that have bans or severely restrict firearms. So has that stopped murder or crime? No and it never will.
    What is so troubling is not that you don’t like guns but that you think regulating them will make the world a safer place. How does regulating an firearm change the mindset or the behavior of another? Why are anti gun people so against somebody who chooses to protect themselves and their family with a firearm?

  2. Sailorcurt said

    What I didn’t find was a single thought on how to prevent the misuse of those weapons

    Have you ever heard of “Project Exile”?

    Here’s the problem with your premise and that of most gun grabbers: You try to blame the tool rather than the user of that tool.

    Of course you don’t see the NRA engaging in what YOU consider to be “thought[s] on how to prevent misuse of these weapons” because your thoughts all revolve around regulating the tools…not the use (or misuse) of them.

    The gun-owning, gun-rights supporting position on preventing the abuse of guns is very simple: Some 80% of the murders in this country are committed by people with a long history of crime, often including increasingly more violent offenses. Many of the recent attacks against Police Officers including the one in Oakland just weeks ago, were perpetrated by felons who were on parole or had been released from prison sentences early.

    Put them in jail and keep them there.

    Criminals violate the law. That’s what they do. There are already laws precluding felons from buying or owning guns, yet they do so anyway. There are already laws precluding robbery, rape, murder, yet they occur anyway. There are already laws precluding the theft of firearms from law abiding citizens and government agencies, yet it happens every day.

    Passing more laws that only affect the law abiding will simply have no effect on those who ignore the law. That’s why regulating the tool is a fool’s errand. It simply won’t work. And that’s why the NRA doesn’t advocate further infringements in addition to those that already exist.

    Enforce the existing laws. Put violent people in prison and keep them there. Those are the NRA’s thoughts on how to reduce the misuse of weapons.

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