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Blog: Guns: Screaming in Silence Is No Longer an Option

This article was originally published in The Huffington Post.

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

The debate has reached fever pitch and the rhetoric of vitriolic proportion over what to do about injury, murder and massacre caused by firearms in our country — from NY’s Governor Cuomo telling his state’s residents the other day that New York will have the stiffest gun control laws in the country and outlawing all assault weapons, to the likes of an Alex Jones who started the petition to deport Piers Morgan for the latter’s challenges to what the 2nd Amendment should be all about, and Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who thinks an AR-15 should be available to anyone who wants to buy it. They are examples of the gun advocates who preach that guns are to save us from the tyranny of our government and whose minions want to compare President Obama’s use of executive power to improve gun safety much like Adolf Hitler’s or Joseph Stalin’s power over their country’s citizens. How sickening and ghastly a comparison! Jones and Pratt recently appeared on Morgan’s CNN evening show, and Jones was the one who literally screamed at Morgan that if guns are taken away, his ilk will take us back to the days of 1776 to overthrow the government. Then there was a guy named Ben Shapiro, an author of a book called Bullies who said to Morgan that the reason assault weapons should remain for sale is that someday — maybe decades from now — we will need them to fight our government when it becomes tyrannical. And then there is the NRA that advocates providing the good guys with more guns to fight the bad guys who already have the weaponry to kill and maim innocent Americans that were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It also sees Obama as wanting to abolish the 2nd Amendment and placing guns in schools is the best thing since sliced bread. Read More »

Blog: Let Not the Children of Sandy Hook Die in Vain

“It’ll be a sad day for this country if children can safely attend their classes only under the protection of armed guards.”

If it is up to the NRA spokesman last Friday speaking for his group, this is precisely what needs to be done, arming the “good guys” to do battle with the “bad guys,” including armed guards in every one of America’s schools. He said “call me crazy” if we want but that is the NRA’s position. Sir, you are crazy with a capital “C”!

First, what we do know is that the NRA is the lobbying group not only for those individuals who possess firearms lawfully or who support the Second Amendment, but for those corporate entities that manufacture firearms for sale and distribution. So, it would not make much sense for a trade group to advocate positions or for legislation that reduces firearms in the open marketplace that then diminishes bottom lines, would it? Of course it would not. Thus, arming good guys, including at all schools, would mean more sales and that would make NRA members really happy. So, we have corporate greed and profits versus what needs to be done ethically, morally and legally to get guns — like assault weapons — off the streets. Read More »

Blog: Guns in America: How Many Lives Is It Going to Take?

There but for the grace of God, go I.

Recall this coinage? Recall it again as you think about the innocent children slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., not by a single person, but by the epidemic called, guns in America. It does not matter that a lone gunman went on an incomprehensible killing spree and had “only” three or more firearms at his disposal. It could have been you or me anywhere in America who was in the wrong place at the wrong time that took a life-ending bullet, as we have seen with students at Virginia Tech, with persons at that shopping mall in Portland, Ore., with the beltway snipers, at an LA fitness center, at a Sheik Temple outside Milwaukee, recently in a hospital in Alabama, at Columbine, in Tucson and Gabby Gifford, at Ft. Hood, Texas, on a street corner in Chicago, the murder-suicide by the NFL Kansas City Chiefs football player, or in the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

To those who oppose gun control measures, like the leadership of the NRA, we hear that people kill; guns do not. Or, the more concealed guns on the street, the safer we all will be. But to this I say, without guns on the street, people cannot kill. Look at how effective gun control laws are in other industrialized nations to show this point. Read More »