NRA Up In Arms Over Obama Gun Control Legislation
The National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) undoubtedly the most powerful and influential lobbying force in America, refuses to meet with President Obama over gun control legislation. The N.R. A. wields such humongous clout within our borders that they are comfortable enough to tell our President, "No" we will not meet with you.
The National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) founded in 1871 and undoubtedly the most powerful and influential lobbying force in America has snubbed their noses at President Obama and refuse to meet with him to discuss gun control legislation. The N.R.A. wields such humongous clout within our borders that they are comfortable enough to tell our president, “No” we will not meet with you. Seriously? This group can’t even have a discussion? They remind me of the spoiled little brat covering their ears yelling, “I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you.”
Amendment II under the Bill of Rights states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Given the weaponry, ammunition, and the mass killings that occur all too often, I ponder whether our Forefathers would have written this historical piece, using the language they did had they been witness to the events of late. The N.R.A.s core principles are to protect the Second Amendment, promote gun ownership, hunting, marksmanship, self defense and firearm safety. Personally, I think this organization has failed miserably with gun safety, especially when you consider one of the top ten causes of death in the United States is due to firearms. Apparently their sights are set on more guns and ammunition and to hell with anyone or anything that gets in their way. Let’s face it, when you have a membership of over 80,000,000 people, how do you return fire on an equal battlefield of gun legislation?
In March 2011, President Obama wrote an Op-Ed piece published in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. He states, in part, “A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun.” President Obama went on to say, “He used it to murder six people and wound 13 others. And if not for the heroism of bystanders and a brilliant surgical team, it would have been far worse.” What is so terrible that Obama is asking which has forced the N.R.A. to put in their percussion earplugs to block out his cacophony? Well, how dare he? The rebel President, who many say, want to take away their guns, is only asking for a three pronged look at keeping firearms out of the hands of law-breaking, irresponsible people.
Mr. Obama’s shotgun approach to gun control is so offensive and suggests such sweeping changes. I’m being facetious, of course. These are the three topics he wants open for discussion: 1. He wants to make sure that the National Criminal Background checking system is working properly and the information contained within their files is complete. This also involves enforcing the laws which are already on the books. 2. He wants States to benefit when they furnish the most comprehensive information. 3. He would like to see the system updated to be faster and more accurate in reporting back to gun dealers regarding background checks, thus avoiding the sale of guns to criminals.
Wayne LaPierre, the longtime chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association has decided not to focus his scope on the issues raised by Obama. Instead, Mr. LaPierre shoots off wildly with the same old rhetoric. Sitting in the hunting blind of his office, Wayne fires off his favorite shots at how the Administration is attempting to ruin the Second Amendment, discussions should be about the mentally ill and criminal element, and not guns. The N.R.A has an arsenal of lobbyists who hold both Democrats and Republicans in their over stuffed pockets and under no circumstances will these politicians be released from the money baited snares which have entrapped them. Loaded with an armory of philosophical thinking, Wayne LaPierre has flatly refused to meet with the President of the United States, even if it means saving the lives of the N.R.A. membership.
My analysis is, quite simply, my own opinion. However, I feel it just falls into line with the further decay of the United States. To not discuss major issues of concern with the President of our country is an assault on all Americans and I, for one, am ashamed!
WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE
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