Update two: This is even more right than the satirical stuff. A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip
By GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
Update: This also sounds about right. COURAGEOUS SENATORS STAND UP TO AMERICAN PEOPLE
This sounds about right. Next Week’s School Shooting Victims Thank Senate For Failing To Pass Gun Bill
I’m not what you’d call a gun control activist. I understand that responsible gun ownership is possible. Hell, I know some responsible gun owners. They’re pretty much all farmers and hunters who eat what they kill or protect their animals from wild things that might harm them and not folks walking around the city with protection weapons, but my point stands. Legally owning a gun doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to use that gun to go on a rampage.
What I am, however, is a person who doesn’t understand the need for assault weapons capable of firing gazillions of bullets in a couple of seconds outside of a war zone. That, to me, makes no sense. If you want a gun to defend your house and you feel you need something that powerful to do the job, move. You’re not living in a safe place.
I’m also on board with both background checks for prospective gun buyers and better mental health services across the board to get to people before they have to resort to shooting a place up. Neither of those things will stop everything, but they certainly can’t hurt.
Ultimately what I am is thoroughly disappointed in my southern neighbours today. Your politicians caved in to the gun lobby and voted down measures meant to save lives and help countless numbers of people who need it. For the sake of NRA support and dollars, they sold the regular people who just want to feel a little safer down the river. I shouldn’t be surprised. Often that’s what politicians do. But this one somehow feels worse than usual. Maybe it’s because as a Canadian, stricter gun laws just make sense. Maybe it’s because for once, more than 90% of Americans agreed on something. Whatever it is, it sucks.
I can’t sum things up any better than President Obama did yesterday. It really was a shameful day for Washington.
Where has this Obama been all these years, by the way. America could have used him.