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Assault on Reason

Updated on January 19, 2013

President Obama has had enough, and it seems like America has too. Possibly realizing that his base is energized after his re-election and outraged at what happened in Newtown. Connecticut, he announced a package of legislative and executive action to deal with gun violence.

As is to be expected, the NRA has vowed to fight back. They have a "Stand and Fight Campaign", perhaps top echo the "Stand Your Ground" laws that they passed with the help of fellow right-wingers ALEC in states like Florida. They ran an ad that ever MSNBC's resident rightist Joe Scarborough denounced.

Much of this opposition seems to be centered on one provision; the propsal to renew the ban on assault weapons, and restrictions on magazines. These weapons, capable of rapidly firing large quantites of ammunition, seem to have little purpose other than for some sort of insurgency.

The argument they seem to be trying to use is some sort of slippery slope. Ban assault weapons, they argue, and your rifle or handgun could be next. It quickly leads to the sort of paranoia that has been the stock and trade of the NRA, etc not just since Newtown, but perhaps since 1968.

But what if it's more a case of business. The NRA has been shown recently to be little more than a trade group. Could a ban on assault weapons be a threat to business? Weapons like what were used in Newtown, Aurora, etc are likely a valuable niche market. Much like tobacco companies, the value of a life may be outweighed by what profit can be made.


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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I will take a look. I plan on getting involved with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence in my State.

      PS. You mentioned wheels--and I think "Let's Roll!" can work here as well!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Hello TeaPartyCrasher...i don't know if you've ever visited - but - i have written a series of 5 hubs regarding the topic of mass murder and gun control..the last couple got over 250 comments in under a day..

      i'd be honored if you stopped by - i'm a big believer in getting the word out PAST hubpages - as you and i both know that the NRA and their rabid kool-aid drinkers will be SCREAMING from the rooftops to make sure their agenda is met - and 'normal' sane people go back to their day to day life..

      that's why the squeaky wheel gets oil..

      so - my advice is - LET"S SQUEAK - and we will do it better together..

      up and sharing forward..

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      In more ways than one. . .

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      GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

      The NRA is a lobbyist whose main fuction is selling guns and ammo. They are very good at it. WE all pay for it.

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      Alberic O 5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      Actually, the NRA should be happy for the gun manufacturers. This may sound like satire but hear this one out. Each time there is some major gun control debate, people go out and buy guns and ammo like crazy. Not only that but the prices shoot up and people still buy them- out of their personal fears that they will be banned. The NRA doesn't have to fight, just sit back and relax.

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      Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You have it exactly right, TeaPartyCrasher. The NRA under Wayne LaPierre has become a fundraiser and chief lobbyist for gun sellers. Their only goal is keeping all weapons legal for these mercenaries. The NRA was not founded on this cause and before LaPierre they advocated for sensible gun control. LaPierre became rich off this. He is truly evil and not idealistic. Just greedy.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I'll be doing a hub tomorrow or Monday on the ideas that may be driving the NRA, and the folly of those ideas. . .

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      Tom Koecke 5 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      After reading the actions the president proposed, I posted a couple of them on Facebook with a following caption about how I should have listened to the NRA when they said he was coming after our guns.

      It was amazing how many people attacked things like starting a campaign for safe gun ownership and training first responders, cops, and school personnel on how to react when the shooting is on-going with comments about Hitler and other such nonsense.

      You'd think with how crazy these people are about the subject, someone is proposing that they can't marry the person they love.