Well it looks like the debate over gun control will go on forever, and as of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. The National Rifle Association, NRA, is having their annual get together as I speak, and as usual, the Republicans are standing around with their hands out for that much needed campaign cash, denying the facts that are looking them square in the face. Innocent people are being killed every day from gun violence. In April, 2013, the U.S. Senate chose to scuttle a bill that was aimed at implementing the most basic gun safety measures, including comprehensive background checks at gun shows, and addressing gun sales on the internet.
This bill was supported by 90 percent of the American people, but the disproportionate influence of senators, and the powerful gun lobbyist failed to represent the people’s interest and will. You would think that after the children of Sandy Hook became the victims of a deranged man with mental problem, the senators would be tripping over themselves to pass a bill to stop such a thing from happening again. But despite the fact that some of the parents of these innocent children came to Capital Hill to plead in support of the bill, it was not to be. It appears that the combination of money and certain senators, who represent small rural states across this land, shunned any attempt to make the needed changes required for a safer United States.
At the current homicide rate, there could be as many as 21,000 Americans murdered by the end of 2014 because of 45 senators who voted against background checks because the lobbyist opened their wallets. The deciding votes on the failed legislature came from five senators in four states representing 1.4 percent of the American population. Something that gun safety advocates need to remember during the upcoming elections. They should also remember who cut funding for much needed facilities intended to help the mentally ill. Congress can still curb some of the violence by addressing treatment for those who would choose to harm others because they are mentally incapacitated.
And now comes word that starting in July, Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, who jumped across the water to become a Republican in 1995, will allow guns to be carried everywhere, including schools. Like I said before, there’s no end in sight.