Andy Marquis, reporter for RACE22.com, is our guest blogger of the day. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more. He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain.
Here’s his latest guest post (bolding mine):
NRA’s Deafening Silence Speaks Volumes
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, politics has again taken center stage. Once more, the debate over gun control has come up. Within minutes of the shooting, people on the left were calling for gun control or, in more extreme cases, gun bans while people on the right were calling for gun laws to be relaxed or, in extreme cases, calling for all of society to be armed. But in the wake of the debate, the silence of the nation’s largest gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), speaks volumes of itself.
As of the early morning hours on the day after the massacre, the NRA’s sole comment has been, well, no comment. Not even a standard, politically correct, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims at this time” sufficed. Instead, they have to get all the facts about the massacre where 20 innocent children, many of whom were kindergarteners, were murdered in cold blood. This is a great way to represent responsible firearm owners.
Here are some more ways the NRA represents responsible firearm owners. 74 percent of registered National Rifle Association (NRA) members support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun. 71 percent of registered NRA members believe individuals on the terrorist watch list should not be able to purchase firearms. 74 percent of registered NRA members believe CCW permits should only be granted to applicants who have completed gun safety training. The NRA opposes all three of the mentioned common-sense regulations, in spite of those regulations having support from an overwhelming majority of responsible gun owners.
Simply put, responsible gun owners, regardless of their positions on how many guns need to be on the street, realize there needs to be common sense regulations. And in most states there are. And it’s all common sense regulation that the NRA opposes. But, they have no comment about today’s tragedy.
The deafening silence speaks volumes because the gun lobby has spent much of the week boasting about the increase in firearm sales in the wake of President Obama’s re-election, and boasting that more legally registered guns are in the hands of civilians in Florida. See, the NRA isn’t about responsible firearm regulation, they’re about no regulation. The NRA, as demonstrated by the facts above, does not represent responsible firearm owners, they represent the firearm and ammunition manufacturers.
We can’t even talk about firearms. Regardless of how you feel, it’s a politically untouchable issue despite numerous Mass Casualty Incidents. Meanwhile, we enact sweeping voter suppression laws in the United States because of the high number of cases of voter fraud in this country, a number that amounts to less than one-one thousandth of one percent of the voting populace.
Now, I don’t think banning guns is the solution. I have no clue what the solution is. I don’t know what could have been done to prevent the senseless massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But this country has a serious gun culture problem. This is a country where gun violence is glorified in the media and where simple disputes are solved with handguns instead of civility… and any discussion in relation to gun violence has to take the glorification of gun violence in to account. However, the NRA has a responsibility, as they claim to represent the gun owners of America, to speak up and condemn the violence.
The deafening silence of the NRA and their refusal to not even offer simple condolences speaks volumes to the theory that the NRA cares more about the rights of the psychopathic murderer than they do about the lives of the 20 innocent children who were murdered in cold blood.