So, the Aryan Brotherhood is making a comeback — in Texas of all places — and they’re killing White people? Well, I guess it’s good to know that we’re finally post-racial no matter how much Rush Limbaugh blames Mexican drug cartels for gunning down two Texas country prosecutors. But anyway, speaking of guns and gangs, my right-wing friends are upping the ante on this gun control debate. Yep, despite the overwhelming support for universal background checks and the criminalization of straw purchases, the NRA has decided to turn it up in the battle. Yep, the NRA opposes straw purchase measures, and encourages to hunt democrats next election season.
Today I’m hearing that inspite of broad bipartisan support for making straw purchases a federal crime punishable up to 25 years in prison. The NRA is demanding that the Senate change its drafting language on said legislation. Straw purchases, in my opinion, presents itself as a larger problem that is the proliferation of guns getting on our streets across the country. The gun show loophole is yet another issue, but as anyone in the hood would tell you, cats on the corner aren’t getting their guns from gun shows en mass. For them, it’s easier to pay someone with a clean criminal record than spend their time hunting the nearest gun show. Also, there are in fact gun traffickers who purchase guns in other states who resell them in urban centers. This is a bigger problem as it is exactly how criminals are able to get guns.
This from The Hill:
If a person buys a gun and sells it to another person, who in turn sells it to yet another person, the bill’s language could be used to punish the initial buyer of the gun, the NRA says.
“It potentially holds people liable for the intention of parties far down the chain of possession,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam wrote in an email to The Hill.
The NRA also wants to change language allowing the government to confiscate a convicted straw purchaser’s guns and ammunition, according to a draft copy of the group’s proposed changes to the measure.
As much as this latest move angers many, it’s good to see that at least one Republican politician isn’t having it. According to Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), one of five Republican co-sponsors of the House bill: “As long as straw purchasers are willing to buy on behalf of criminals, law enforcement needs effective tools to pursue these individuals by making this activity a federal criminal offense instead of a slap on the wrist.” And he’s absolutely correct, don’t you think?
Yep, and then there was this from Crooks & Liars:
Dudley Brown, who serves as the executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights, used some violent rhetoric during a Wednesdayinterview with NPR about how gun owners would deal with Democrats who supported President Barack Obama’s proposal for universal background checks.
“I liken it to the proverbial hunting season,” Brown quipped. “We tell gun owners, ‘There’s a time to hunt deer. And the next election is the time to hunt Democrats.'”
“This is a very Western state with traditional Western values,” he pointed out. “And citizens had to have firearms for self-defense, and right now that’s still the case.”
A 2010 post on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page had placed crosshairs over Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ congressional district only months before the Democratic congresswoman was shot in January of 2011. Palin had said supporters should “reload” and use their votes to “aim for” the Democrat’s defeat.
Yep, looks like POTUS needs to make more speeches like he did last week (watch below). Ironically, the Center for American Progress just released a new report that shows that there’s a link between the top 10 states with the weakest gun laws and gun violence. Interestingly enough, of the top 10 states listed, 6 of them were in fact southern states with 2 being out west (Arizona and New Mexico). The study shows that of the top 10 states, “eight of these states are among the 25 states with the weakest gun laws.” But, don’t tell that to the NRA; they’re not interested.
Thankfully, however, the responsibility for new gun control laws lie in the hands of our elected officials. You know, the governing body we’re supposed to hold accountable? Though polls indicate overwhelming public supposrt, it’s unfortunate that said support hasn’t exactly translated to be the same in Washington. Personally, I think this can all change if we stop accepting the argument that the NRA “is too strong.” Instead, we should be reminding our elected officials that the MRA isn’t strong; it is they who are weak.; and it’s unacceptable and inexcusable.
This from CAP:
Any study into the causes of gun violence is necessarily complicated, however, as there are innumerable factors that contribute to the nature and prevalence of gun-related violence in any community.
Despite this complex web of factors that influence the rate of gun violence, this report finds a clear link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws. Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have an aggregate level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104 percent higher, in fact—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.
Listen to the speech below: