Just One More Corporation With a Greedy Agenda

 The NRA and the politicians they own have decided that the mass murdering shooting sprees our nation constantly has are a great benefit to the gun industry. That is because gun and ammunition sales have gone up after each terrible shooting spree we have in our nation. To continue the economic boost in the weapons industry the politicians have been looking for ways to increase the deaths. The first way was letting the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expire on September 13, 2004. There have been many attempts to renew the ban, but no bill has been able to reach the floor for a vote. Part of that ban that ended in 2004 was limiting the sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines. A Glock 19 was used by the shooter in Tucson that killed six and wounded 19 including wounded Rep. Gabriel Giffords. The Glock 19 holds a 15 round factory magazine but the shooter had an extended clip that held 33 bullets. Under the Assault Weapons Ban ammunition magazines could only have 10 bullets. Two days after the Tucson shooting sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 percent. Of all the pistols sold, the Glock model used in the Tucson shooting was among the most popular sold. The more bullets a gun can hold means that many more people can die. The more people that are killed the more gun sales we have so the NRA is fighting hard to stop any ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

We had a shooting at an Aurora, Colorado theater that killed 12 and injured 58. One of the three guns the shooter was carrying was a semi-automatic Smith & Wesson AR-15 assault rifle equipped with high-capacity magazines. In Oak Creek, Wisconsin a white supremacist gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple. He was shot by a responding officer, and then fatally shot himself in the head. Authorities are treating it as an act of domestic terrorism. The shooter used a Springfield 9mm semi-automatic handgun to carry out the attack. Semi-automatic handguns are the weapon of choice for mass murderers because they are light and easy to conceal, and adaptable to using high-capacity head magazines, experts say. This allows the shooter to fire the maximum number of bullets in a short period of time.

It is thought the shooter killed Sikh’s thinking because they wore turbans they were Muslims. No one ever said white supremacist neo-Nazi types were bright. Sikhs in the Madison area and around the country offered prayers and turned to lessons of tolerance and peace to deal with the massacre. That display of peace and not anger after such a horrible event was last seen in 2006. That is when a shooter killed five Amish children in a one-room school in Lancaster County, Pa. Sikhism teaches to respect all other religions and that people should defend the rights of not just their own religion but the religion and faith of others as a human right. The emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation was also the response of the Amish community after the school shooting tragedy. The response by both the Amish and Sikh communities inspired by faith is an inspiration in tolerance. Tolerance for others who are different from us will go a long way to making this a better planet.

On the other hand it is way past time to tolerate the insanity of the NRA and their political stooges who want to turn places like schools, theaters, hospitals, churches, temples, bars, malls etc. into combat zones with concealed carry permits. What do you call 12 dead 58 injured in Aurora, Colorado, 5 killed in Lancaster County, 6 killed 3 wounded in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, an Edmond, Oklahoma post office shooting that left 14 employees dead and six wounded, 32 killed and 25 wounded at Virginia, Tech, 14 dead and 27 injured in Littleton, Colorado, 16 killed at the University of Texas and closer to home 3 dead and 2 wounded in Chardon, Ohio? You call those 102 dead and 121 wounded  not enough dead for politicians to have the balls to take on the NRA. The dead are just forgotten and collateral damage next to the might of the NRA. Everyday 87 Americans die by gun violence and 183 are wounded. I can’t imagine how big of a murder spree it would take to get our politicians to take action.

Wayne LaPierre Head of the NRA would have you believe that most donations come from small donors. Since 2005, corporations (75% of them being in the firearms industry) have given in total up to $52.6 million to the NRA. This fact shows that the NRA is corporate owned and represents the views of those corporations more than the views of its 4.3 million members. The NRA even spent over $100,000 to defeat a republican woman in the Tennessee state legislature. The woman was a big NRA supporter but they helped her Republican opponent in the primary defeat her because she had disagreed with them on one issue. The NRA did not care about the First Amendment rights of small business owners in this case only the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. The NRA issues of not wanting to ban cop killer bullets, gun-show loop holes, internet sales, background checks and high-capacity ammunition magazines aren’t  even supported by many of its members.  Lots of innocent people are dead because of the NRA’s irresponsible support of these issues. The NRA writes those deaths off as “the price we pay for freedom” in the United States.

Now that the NRA is bought and paid for by the firearms industry they have a corporate agenda not an American agenda. That agenda showed after the Denver Theater shooting. Three days after a gunman murdered 12 and wounded 58, the National Rifle Association sent out a letter asking for money. “The future of your Second Amendment rights will be at stake,” the letter said. “And nothing less than the future of our country and our freedom will be at stake.” This is pretty much the same standard business letter the NRA sends out for funds after every shooting or anytime a democrat is elected president. President Obama has been given an F in every category by gun control advocates. That hasn’t stopped the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre from saying that President Obama is going to confiscate guns if he gets re-elected. Now that the NRA is corporate owned their spokesman Wayne will say anything to keep those dollars coming in to feed his $1,263,101 per year compensation. Why does the NRA need so much money? It’s because the NRA spends about $5 million a year lobbying and flooding elections with cash. Let’s face it buying politicians is not cheap. On the other hand you don’t get much quality for your money.

After every mass shooting the politicians will say it is not a good time to take on the NRA. Those owned by the NRA fear not getting their NRA checks in the mail and those who don’t support the NRA fear saying something that will make the NRA send a massive war chest to their opponent in the next election. I don’t support confiscating guns but I do support banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, internet sales, gun-show loopholes and want background checks.

The NRA and the gun companies that own it only fear two attacks. The first attack is by people who are fed up with mass murders by gun totting terrorists. The NRA also fears politician that will stand up to them, that is why they spend a small fortune to defeat such politicians. It is time to wake up and realize that the NRA is just one more corporation that wants to buy our politicians and push their corporate agenda at all costs. They are not about protecting the Second Amendment they are about selling guns to make themselves rich at any cost. To fight these corporations we are going to have to invest plenty of time, solidarity, blood, sweat and tears as that will be “the price we pay for freedom” in the United States.

I agree with this politicians 2002 view on gun control.

Tom Paxton: Buy a Gun For Your Son

also: Johnny Got A Gun

“I don’t line up with the NRA.”~ Mitt Romney 1994. In 1994 Romney stressed that he supported the Assault Weapons Bill. The  bill banned 19 different types of assault weapons — which the NRA opposed. At the time, Romney also voiced support for the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales. The NRA opposed that bill.

Hypocrite of the week: The caller to WKBN talk radio that said she voted against a Columbiana County school levy. She then identified herself as a retired public school teacher.


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