Sickening politics waters down gun legislation
It's really pathetic how fearful politicians are of the National Rifle Association. I guess, though, when you think of how much money the gun lobby controls, it's understandable. But where are the politicians' balls when it comes to making real progress on an issue that brought the nation to its knees only a few months ago with the senseless shootings in quiet, little Newtown, Conn.
The President spoke about finally getting tough, and most of us cheered.
Our leaders in Congress were moved to tears when they met with families of victims from Connecticut... and Colorado and Arizona and so many other places where guns (I know, I should say people with guns) shot and killed innocent people just going about their everyday lives in movie theaters and shopping malls and walking down the streets. So how, then, did we get to where we are now, with such toothless, watered-down legislation being brought to the table for our lawmakers to consider?
Some more background checks. OK, that's good. But what happened to legislation that would make it illegal -- or at least more difficult -- for citizens to get things like assault weapons and clips that hold multiple rounds of ammunition? Do hunters really need military-style weapons to kill deer and ducks? Who needs to be able to shoot dozens of rounds in a matter of seconds? Certainly not hunters. That sort of equipment is for trained police, soldiers and security personnel, but not for our next-door neighbors.
I'm generally anti-gun, but I've tried to be understanding of those who want to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. But I just don't get why some people -- led by the NRA -- feel they need such high-powered killing machines.
And I just don't get why our elected officials are acting like scared followers instead of the leaders we elected them to be.
I just don't get it, and I just don't like it.