Sun Jul 29, 2012, 12:04 PM
MindMover (5,005 posts)
Tell the Candidates: We Want Solutions to the Gun Madness
Our nation seems caught in a never-ending, inescapable loop of random mass tragedy and destruction. Every few months, we endure it all again. The first special reports on cable news about a shooting. The first video of the location, a school, a grocery store, a movie theatre. The sirens and the flashing lights of the first responders. The heartbreaking stories of the victims. The speculation about the shooter’s motives. And on and on.
Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson. Now Aurora. As the loop replays yet again, in recent years there is another familiar refrain. Despite the undeniable fact that guns, often with extraordinary firepower, were the enablers of mass killing in every case, we are told that nothing will be done about the guns. Why? Because, we are told, the political debate about guns in America is over.
Who is telling us this? Why, the political punditry. The experts. The people who love to tell us what we believe and how we will behave.
Take last Sunday’s Meet the Press. Moderator David Gregory noted that although it may be “lunacy” for somebody like the Aurora shooter to be able to build an arsenal, “there’s not really a gun control debate in politics anymore.” He received quick agreement from Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum, “Yeah, there is none. I think the issue is settled.” Republican Strategist Steven Schmidt quickly agrees, noting the “consensus . . . in this country today that there’s not going to be any further gun control measures passed by the United States Congress. It’s an absolutely settled issue.”
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Sun Jul 29, 2012, 02:23 PM
lastlib (8,886 posts)
1. Over?!? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl harbor?!?
Nothing's over until "We The People" SAY it's over!! And we ain't saying it now!....
Slavery and segregation were once settled law, too. We changed it when it was wrong. We will change it again about guns. People will get sick of seeing people die by gunfire, and demand a change. We just need leaders who will step up and speak out.