Commentary by James Turnage
What does the NRA truly believe and who do they support? The NRA has no beliefs; it is merely a well-paid lobby representing gun manufacturers and gun sellers; and these are the only entities they support. Other than being lobbyists, the NRA leaders are fear mongers; and because they have created panic over the second amendment rights of Americans, gun sales are on the rise.
Because this article will contain my own opinions on gun control, I must make several items crystal clear. I support all Constitutional Amendments, even the ones we no longer have, such as the fourth amendment. Contrary to what Americans are told by the NRA and right wing extremists, the second amendment was not written for the sole purpose of creating an easily assembled militia. The amendment protected slave owners in the south, and prevented black men and women access to weapons. However, gun ownership is a matter of choice, and will remain so.
The rights of all individuals must be protected, and therefore gun owners have a great responsibility which must be taken seriously. Whether a decision is made to purchase a pistol, rifle or shotgun for home protection or for sport, consideration for the safety of all individuals must be guaranteed.
I am a true Independent; I oppose the existence of political parties. I consider members of a single party to be members of a cult; constantly being told what to believe and how to act by other men. I condemn those who can’t or choose not to think for themselves. (Maybe that’s why so many Democrats and Republicans claim to be Christians; but that’s for another time).
If everyone was truthful about the issue, we all know it to be a fact that assault rifles and high-output magazines are unnecessary. We also know that background checks for all gun purchases should be mandatory for the sake of public safety. At the present time two out of every five gun sales receive no form of investigation into the background of the buyer.
If you choose to own guns, you are responsible for the protection of the members of your family, your neighbors, and anyone else who may be harmed by your weapons. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary was a combination of unlawful purchases and leaving weapons unsecured which were used by a mentally ill young man.
Those who protect manufacturers and sellers of guns are so fearful that record-breaking sales will slow that they will go to any means to protect their billion dollar businesses. Recently a conservative blogger filed for access to an affidavit by former Meet the Press host David Gregory. In 2012 after the massacre at Sandy Hook, Gregory displayed a high-output magazine on his show. He was in violation of Washington’s gun laws, but was not prosecuted. The blogger wants to reopen the case.
Conservatives were upset that Gregory’s questions of the head of the NRA Wayne LaPierre exposed the truth. He asked him if 30 rounds in a single magazine was necessary. LaPierre avoided a direct answer by claiming that he didn’t think lowering the capacity would make a difference.
Gun sales in the United States reached an all-time high in 2013, the year after Sandy Hook. Gun advocates were afraid new laws proposed by the federal and state governments would prevent purchase of certain weapons and magazines in the future. NRA fear mongering was successful; at least for manufacturers and sellers.
By James Turnage