My First Post In 2013 Is Dispelling A Gun Myth

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This is some sort of promotional social media image from the even-more-radical-than-the-NRA group, the National Association For Gun Rights.  That’s NAGR, for short.  They post this image – and images like this all the time.

This image is more than a little misleading, so let me help you understand.

Until December 14th, 2012, the president’s stance on gun laws has been lax.  So lax, in fact, that he lightened restrictions on concealed weapons on federal property.  Until December 14th, 2012, the president has done nothing to ban guns or anything having to do with guns.  In fact, he has expanded them.  In order to get signature legislation passed, the president threw that tiny bone to congressional republicans.

As we all know – in the wake of his election and the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School – sales of guns and related items have done nothing but skyrocket.  Fear, greed and power led to scared “not-brown” people stockpiling guns and ammo for a crisis that never was.

They created for themselves a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In the wake of the latest – and most grotesque – mass shooting in the land of the free and home of the bravely out of their minds, there has been outrage at the unbelievable availability of weaponry that is designed (at it’s core) to destroy lives.  Human lives.  Many human lives.

So, President Obama (notice how they always leave off the “president” part) is listening to the American people and beginning to look at common sense solutions to an undeniable problem.  Those opponents to the president have created this argument, only to be able to have something with which to bludgeon gun control advocates with in the midst of a serious debate.  It would be really nice to have an honest broker in the gun control debate, but my continuing hypothesis is that change will have to circumvent the current obstruction.

Of course, none of the proposals that will come from this most recent debate will address the underlying spiritual issue of gun ownership and common sense control, but that is a more private matter, anyway.

2 comments on “My First Post In 2013 Is Dispelling A Gun Myth

  1. ejoelwatts
    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

    Nothing like lies to feed the crowd for breads and circuses

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