By Emma X
Some issues really are
black and white.
Hadleyville is a lawless place, mainly because its denizens are too scared to pass meaningful legislation. They have been cowed by special interest groups for three decades, much to the detriment of the American people. As with every morality play, it has come down to a showdown between good and evil, or in this case, a public confrontation between a cowardly electorate and special interest bad guys at the NRA, who are coming back to town to let the citizenship know who really wields the power. Its High Noon for common sense gun legislation.
|Senator Joseph Manchin III, Democrat from West|
Virginia. He is a gun enthusiast who wept during meetings
with families of Newtown victims.
|Senator Patrick Toomey, Republican|
from Pennsylvania. He does not consider
criminal background checks to be a gun
control issue. He acknowledges that he
has taken heat from fellow conservatives
over his bipartisan bill.
And the bullies have made their threats. The NRA keeps a list of 'Future Candidate Evaluations' Currently both Manchin and Toomey, both gun enthusiasts, enjoy an 'A' rating with the NRA. The clear threat is, pass this bill and you won't get re-elected. No money, no support, and once we spread the word, no candidacy. That goes not just for Manchin and Toomey, but for every member of Congress that supports their bill. With 86% approval of their own members, this bill is the best opportunity the NRA will ever have to show they are willing to compromise. The fact that they won't reveals their mettle. They will take the day, or go down with guns blazing. But they don't intend to go down, because they never have. Their aim is true, and their ammunition is paid for.
Many thoughtful people have criticisms of this bill. I am not here to suggest that it is the best effort that could be put forth, or that it does not have room for improvement. I merely point out that it is now patently clear to everyone concerned that there will be no compromise from the NRA. Not with 90% of American voter support. Not with 86% NRA member approval. Not now, not ever. Why should they compromise, when the citizens of Hadleyville are too afraid to stand up to them?
The NRA has less than 5 million members, in a country with a population of 310 million. Their considerable wealth and influence comes from gun manufacturers and distributors, and related special interests, hence their obsessive passion to sell more guns. It's time for all of us to meet them on Main Street to explain that the 2nd Amendment is in The Constitution to protect majority rule, and that the majority of Americans will decide what it means.