How Many More Rounds?

Moms Demand Action. The Gun Lobby is waiting for us to get over Newtown, but we all know many more massacres are coming unless we do something.

There have been 3,364 gun deaths since the Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting last December. That’s a second 9/11 attack. Or put it another way, more Americans die from being shot in our country every year than the total fatalities from ten years of war in Afghanistan.

Jim Wallis tries to reason logically with the Gun Lobby. I wish him luck…

There are many law abiding and responsible gun owners in this country. And I understand that those who play by the rules might feel like they are being punished for the wrongdoing of others. But no legislation being considered would end gun ownership as we know it. What it would do is begin to make owning a gun look a little more like owning a car. In that process we can make it more expensive and more legally punishing for criminals to get guns and make our streets and our schools safer for all. The gun laws on the table are just common sense; they bring us back to the common good.

The vast majority of gun owners understand and support the need for gun safety legislation. But the Gun Lobby is different. They insist on re-opening settled issues (e.g. background checks), and on claiming their constitutional rights would be violated by a ban on continued sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on April 11, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    George W. Bush was shocked, SHOCKED, that anybody would use violence against innocent people.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on April 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Video: American al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn: Laws that allow anybody to buy military weapons without a background check are “a blessing from Allah.”

    He forgot to mention that thanks to the Gun Lobby, your name can be on the terrorist watch list and you can still pass a background check to buy an assault rifle!

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on April 12, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Ana Marie Cox nails it: Don’t be fooled by the Senate vote to debate gun control

    The magnitude of the Newtown tragedy should have made it politically untenable to be against gun control. All it’s really done is made it politically untenable to sound like you’re against gun control.

  4. #10 by Larry Bergan on April 15, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    The scary thing is that the Saturday Night Live skit is very close to reality.

    Funny though.

  5. #14 by Richard Warnick on April 17, 2013 - 10:35 am

    A majority of senators will vote for background checks, but not 60. GOP filibuster AGAIN.

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