“I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending. I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated.” ~ former US Representative and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords, NYT Op-Ed, April 18, 2013
Per The Guardian, 42 of 45 Gun Control No votes got $ from the gun lobby, as recently as 3 weeks prior to the vote; only 4 of 55 Yes votes got any cash from the gun lobby.
On April 17, 2013:
100% of PA’s US Senators – one Democrat and one Republican – joined
90% of Americans, including
80% of Republicans, and
74% of NRA membership who
wanted to close the gun sales loophole.
60% of the US population, represented by
55% of the duly-elected US Senators voted to do so. This loophole allows
40% of guns to be sold without the background check which current NRA leadership originally supported passage of. The NRA stopped it.
1.5% of the US population or less is an NRA member. That conservatively assumes all of its 4 million members are US citizens.
This prompted US President Barack Obama to tell We The People last night: “Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But…THEY’RE BETTER FINANCED.”
President Obama tells us to keep fighting…for background checks. I disagree. What we need to fight is the underlying, root cause of the faulty math above:
$1,021,237 is, according to OpenSecrets.org, the amount the NRA donated directly to Federal Candidates. Just in 2012.
THAT is the Real Problem. The direct funnel of for-profit, non-constituent money to the selection of OUR representatives is what We The People need to fight. We The People can stop this circumventing of our democratic republic by the minority. Or, we can allow it to continue. It is our choice.
August 21, 2015 UPDATE – Per July, 2015 Pew Data, US favors:
57% – assault rifle ban
70% – Fed data base
79% – Mentally ill, no gun
85% – Background checks
More than half of EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC favors all, except that only 47% of hispanics and 49% of 18-29 yr olds want to ban assault rifles. Probably still within the margin. Regardless, every single other demographic is a slam dunk for all four common sense, fair and reasonable measures.
None of which will inhibit one citizen’s right to a militia, while also ensuring the ‘well-regulated’ part.
#WhatAreWeWaitingFor? The #NRA to allow the recipients of its cash to vote as We The People wish.