Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is the gun lobby winning?” you ask? Good question. Timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why would anyone serve pizza at a gay wedding in a poor, urban area of Indiana anyway?” Why would you want to go into any business other than maybe a bakery and broadcast your sexuality? Is it anyone’s business?)
Why is the gun lobby winning? While yours truly once earned a Pro-Marksman award, worked part-time at a gun club and has had various courses in the safety and handling of various weapons, he is no political activist or hunter. Nevertheless, here at The Why we aim to make you happy so let’s take a shot at answering this one, mmmkay?
When some nutcase punk strolled into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 and shot 20 children and six staff members with a Bushmaster rifle from mommy’s gun collection, some folks kinda figured maybe now the US would pass still more laws in hopes of keeping “lethal weapons” out of the hands of dipsticks like the aforementioned tuber room candidate. The anti-gun crowd was quickly disappointed.
So even after events such as that, why is the gun lobby winning? Let’s check with the political pundits. According to such sources as The Economist, “The National Rifle Association (NRA) (is) a deep-pocketed group with 5m members.”
Think about the LGBT group and all they can get done and the gay population of the world is comparatively small. Sure, they have non-gay folks helping them but still when it comes to voting, their numbers, so to speak, are small. Imagine what millions of people can do when they ban together as part of an organization that has money, right? Mind you, the NRA and its silent supporters who also vote are actually defending the constitutional right to keep and bear arms as well. (It’s kinda tough to totally eliminate a large part of what made this country the USA as opposed to just another Brit colony.)
The Economist also believes that it’s political. “Republicans enjoyed sweeping wins at the state level in elections last November, allowing the party’s representatives to advance cherished goals” some of which are gun-related.
Some people also believe “that crime is deterred when upstanding citizens pack heat.” In fact, “a new poll . . . found more Americans supporting gun rights than gun controls.” We might favor background checks but they’re government run “and trust in the state has plunged . . .”
Finally, there is fear. NRA frontman, Wayne LaPierre, told people recently “that when criminals attack, or wives, sisters and daughters face assault through ‘a kicked-down door’, ‘laws can’t protect you…You’re on your own’.” In 2015 fear is both understandable and justifiable.
Why is the gun lobby winning? Now you know.
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(Of course, your randy writer is a lover not a fighter and prefers using another kind of “gun” . . .)