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Opinion: Has The Name NRA Ever Been On Your Ballot?

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I have never seen the name of the NRA on any ballot. But, one would think that they had run for Congress, won, and continue to hold office.  One need only listen to what measure placed before either house is reported as having been “not approved by the NRA” for passage. (Huh?)  And therein lies the problem. It is well known that the NRA, donates huge sums of money to political campaigns of Republicans in both Houses of Congress. One only need visit  http://www.opensecrets.org/   to review to which congressperson received those donations. And then take a look at how they have historically voted on gun related issues.  Notably, one of those who has received donations from the NRA is the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan as well as other congressperson along with members of the Senate.  And, apparently, in order to continue receiving those donations and thereby continue to remain in office, they seemingly seek approval of  the suggested legislation by the NRA  before voting.  When that approval is not given, the bill simply does not pass. But what is worse is that  in the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House can refuse to allow a vote on any legislation and it is completely discretionary. Hence the gridlock and why the frustration of the Democrats in the House boiled over to the point of their sit-in. They had no other mechanism via which they could be heard.

Then there is the issue of representation. If you are a Democrat, are your rights to equal representation being denied? Is the voice which you are guaranteed via the Constitution of the United States being stilled while  the NRA has a voice and quietly ‘votes’ in both houses of Congress?

It should not matter what the NRA approves under any circumstances. Yet it continues to the point that Republican presumptive nominee, Donald Trump even said publicly that he was going to “negotiate” with the NRA as to gun control laws . What?  I may have missed something, but since when does the NRA have the final say? Were they on a ballot and perhaps I just did not see it?  If no one can find their name on any ballot, then the American people, (no matter which side you are on), should express outrage as to the perpetual ‘kissing of the ring‘ of the NRA gun lobby.

Please do not fall for their supposed mantra of “standing up for gun owners“. Their main purpose is to support gun manufacturers, not gun owners. They are funded primarily by gun manufacturers, otherwise, they would listen to the majority of their members who support the #NoFlyNoBuy legislation. Yet the NRA pretends to be concerned about the due process rights of people who are not legitimately on the ‘No Fly’ list.

They assert to be in support of the Constitution of the United States of America. Specifically, the 2nd amendment. But what about that very important part of the Constitution which guarantees one very special right? The right to ‘life‘. A right which was so tragically denied to those children in Sandy Hook elementary school when they were so brutally slaughtered in Connecticut, who had only briefly enjoyed life ; those who were cut down in San Bernadino, California ; and, more recently, those who were at the nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The NRA was silent when a gunman who described himself as someone who was speaking out for the right to life of unborn babies. While shooting and killing innocent people and robbing them of their life?

In 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence declared that:     “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
 Allow your conscience to guide you, and if you feel that somehow the NRA has way too much power and influence over Congress, then let Speaker Paul Ryan know how you feel,  as well as your own legislator in both houses of Congress. (A link to contact him is listed below.) Because, no matter which side of the issue you are own, this is about the usurping of the people’s voice to be heard, and it really is all about ‘We The People‘.

 

Related Links:

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/guns/

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-shaming-of-paul-ryan-is-now-complete/

http://www.speaker.gov/contact

 

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OPINION: NRA Refuses to Stand Down – They Double-down!

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Broken Hearts – Google+ Cover Tribute (Photo credit: Daniel M. Reck)

 

It seems as if everyone was willing to give the NRA a chance to respond like normal people after the events at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. But, they did not.  Instead, they called for even more guns!

 

Even their members were moving in the opposite direction of the NRA.  But, even though most people in their membership were on board for some changes, not so the leadership.  So, maybe it is time that everyone, (including their members), start viewing the NRA as what they really seem to be.  Lobbyist for gun manufacturers.  So of course, the gun manufacturers want more guns, despite the fact that in almost every instance, there were armed people around during shootings of this sort, that is except for Sandy Hook.   And, the fact is that it made no difference at all.

 

The Senate is preparing a bill that will be designed to prohibit the sale of guns with the multi-bullet clip capacity and also re-instituting the automatic weapon ban that was in effect during the Clinton years, but signed away by the second President Bush.   That seems to be a good idea.  Years ago, Chris Rock had an idea: “put a huge tax on the bullets”.  That too, seems to be a good idea.

 

Remember the guy who was shooting at Fort Hood?  How many guns were on that base, and still, the guy was able to find a way to get around it.  Clearly, more guns are not the answer.  The NRA had an opportunity to work with the country. If they did not have something meaningful to contribute, then they should have remained silent … forever.  Now, they are having to deal with their membership falling apart, wondering if being a member means anything at all.  Especially those hunters who spoke up saying they did not need that sort of weaponry for hunting purposes.  Those members are starting to figure out that they are pawns who mean nothing to the NRA, because their dues cannot match the financial contributions of the gun manufacturers.  When enough of them recognize their true lack of importance to the NRA,  maybe the NRA will wake up and realize that their point of view is no longer valued … by anyone.  By then, though, the NRA’s influence will have vanished into thin air.

 

 

 

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