Philando Castile of Minnesota had a permit to carry a gun, was pulled over by police for a routine traffic stop, advised the police officer of the fact that he had a firearm and a permit to carry it, obeyed all orders given him by the police officer and was in the process of retrieving his driver’s license and registration when he was shot and killed by that police officer. From the video taken, the police officer seemed to be in such a panic one has to wonder why he chose law enforcement as a career.
Where is your outrage, NRA, about Philando’s Second Amendment right to carry a firearm? Where is your outrage, NRA, about his being deprived of his right to carry that firearm and that he lost his life because he carried that firearm? Could the fact that Philando Castile was black have anything to do with you not being “up in arms” about his gun rights?
After the Newtown massacre your Wayne LaPierre said “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun”. How many good guys with a gun were needed to have stopped the slaughter of armed law enforcement officers that took place in downtown Dallas and a week later in Baton Rouge? How many “good guys” who were openly carrying in Dallas during the carnage served as a distraction to law enforcement as the police were trying desperately to identify the shooter(s) and determine location?
You, NRA, fan the flames of radicals who make the claim that their guns may be needed to rise up against a tyrannical government. Many of the far right Second Amendment fanatics have even gone as far as to make the absurd and irresponsible claim that the holocaust may have had a different ending if the Jews of 1930’s Germany had been armed. It is anti-government sentiment and the delusion to rise up for the oppressed that filled the mind of the Baton Rouge shooter. You,NRA, helped fill that mind with your unfounded rhetoric and it is you, NRA, who contributed to the deadly aftermath.
You say, NRA, that if gun access is made more difficult, those intent on doing harm will simply find other ways to secure their deadly weapons. You say shooters like the ones in Newtown or Aurora or San Bernadino or Orlando or Charleston would simply go to the “black market” to acquire their guns. Does anyone really believe that Adam Lanza knew where to find the “black market”? It is doubtful that he even knew the location of the supermarket. Besides, why should any of these mass murderers even bother to locate a black market when they, because of you, NRA, can acquire their deadly weapons so easily often without even the requisite background checks and all too often quite legally?
Does the public really need access to military assault rifles, NRA? We both know that the only useful purpose of selling assault weapons to the general public is to fill the coffers of the gun manufacturers. We also know that anyone who claims to need such high powered weapons to protect their freedom from government overreach poses a much greater threat to society than society poses to them. Granted, drug lords may also have a need for heavy artillery, but is that the element of society whose safety we should be concerned with, NRA? I think not.
NRA, it is time for you to free your bought and owned Congress to pass common sense gun safety legislation to reduce the availability of firearms to those who pose a threat to the rest of the members of our society! Allow your Congress to stop arming terrorists and murderers in our society! Allow your Congress to pass legislation that prohibits suspected terrorists who are not permitted to “fly” from being allowed to legally “buy” firearms.
Allow your Congress to pass legislation that requires all gun purchasers to be subjected to the same background check scrutiny that most of your members have already been subjected to and not be allowed to circumvent that scrutiny by purchasing firearms at a gun show or online.
NRA, allow your Congress to stop preventing research to be performed on the causes of the epidemic of gun violence in America that averages 91 gun related deaths each and every day in this country. Allow the CDC to perform research so that we can attempt to address this epidemic with thought and intelligence and not wallow in ignorance.
You say that there is no need to enact additional legislation on gun safety; you say that the government should simply enforce existing gun laws. Great! How about freeing up your Congress to provide funding to agencies, such as ATF, to enforce those existing laws?
Gun manufacturers are precluded by law from having a suit brought against them as a result of the use of the guns they sell. No other industry in America has such protection against liability. We are not talking about them being held liable; we are talking about the right to bring legal action to determine if there is any culpability. The fact that the industry for which you are a shill, NRA, needs such protection reveals just how culpable you and your industry are to the growing epidemic of gun violence in this country.
NRA, join the rest of society and put safety ahead of profits and loosen your reins on Congress so that it can do the people’s work. Enough is enough!