Politics trumps common sense and what is right in America. And, like sheep being led to the slaughter house, far too many Americans agree with the insanity. The second amendment is safe; you can be sure of that. What isn’t safe is the attitude that anyone should be able to purchase weapons of mass destruction whenever they choose to do so, placing innocent people in danger. All sales of military style weapons and ammunition should be banned forever.
The gun nuts would like us to forget about Sandy Hook Elementary School, or a theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the murders outside of a restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. They love their guns more than people. So what if small children die each year because of negligent gun owners; they’re simply collateral damage.
I have a plan. Let’s gather every member of the NRA Lobby and put them in a rural area. After the battle was over, the winner would get an assault rifle as the trophy. Kind of a ‘Hunger Games’ situation. I would enjoy the news coverage of that event.
The proof that the United States has become the most ignorant, egocentric and inhumane nation in the world is in direct relation to the number of guns owned by its citizens. Nine out of ten Americans own at least one firearm; second in the world is the war torn nation of Serbia with 69.7 per 100 people, and this nation attempted genocide.
I am not against anyone owning a firearm; but not just any weapon. The latest battle came at the request of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It asked the President to ban armor-piercing bullets. Seems sensible, and that’s why Republicans are fighting it; their existence depends on the support of the ignorant. I doubt very much that any family will be forced to defend itself against a tank.
How un-American can one party be? Even most sensible gun owners believe in some restrictions. But they don’t have the money to fill the wallets of Republican legislators as does the NRA.
2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is leading the fight to prevent a ban on this lethal ammunition. He tweeted out a request to help him defeat the ATF and the President. Paul doesn’t believe in anything, he just wants your vote. He seeks flamboyant situations in an attempt to influence voters that he is ‘presidential.’ What the senator is, is a panderer and an opportunist.
Occasionally he appears to have moved away from his TEA Party brethren; but only when it’s convenient. He is far too extreme to represent the majority of the American people.
Who are the major supporters of universal gun ownership, other than the NRA? Although blacks are twice as likely to be victims of a homicide as whites, only 19 percent are gun owners, while Caucasians, (not including Hispanics), 41 percent own guns. Americans over 50 are the most likely to own guns at 40 percent. 49 percent of Republicans own at least one gun; only 22 percent of Democrats own a firearm.
Now I understand; Paul is pandering to the Republican base, which is primarily old white men. (But not this old white man).
I cannot think of one logical reason why a regular American citizen needs armor-piercing bullets. There I go again, reason has nothing to do with this issue.
Commentary by James Turnage