aside My Favorite Progressive Writer Charles Blow Lets It Rip /Gun Control

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It is a rare time in our land where conservative republicans like Max Boot, Mona Charen and progressives like Charles Blow are raising the alarms against that current state of affairs in the president’s republican party for different reasons but with the common element of disgust.

We who are part of the “coalition of the decent,” the “Never Trumpers,”the Resistance, the “Women’s March, Indivisible and others, the democrats along with the majority of independents and a significant number of republicans, have been bemoaning how the republican has morphed into an organization that most of us find repulsive.

Charles Blow’s focus is on republicans’ ties to the NRA (National Rifle Association) and our gun culture, but I go further. I allege that the republican party under President Donald Trump has become steeped in condoning / being a safe haven for those who suffer from the sins of misogyny, racism, Xenophobia, lack of respect for truth, the “rule of law,” law enforcement agencies like the FBI, and doormats for adversarial countries like Russia attacking our US democracy.

Here is the rest of the story… 

On February 25, 2018, Charles Blow of the New York Times penned the following commentary,  “America Is The Gun.”

“The current push for stricter gun control is aiming too low.”

“Sure, passage of new regulations would be a welcome change from our political intransigence and lack of response to our ongoing epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in this country.”

“But we often talk about The Fix, as if any half-measure that has any chance at all of making it through this group of cowards in Congress would be a magical, one-step remedy. It won’t.”

RJ Matson / Portland, ME

“There are things that we could do right now that could lessen the lethality of the guns currently available and we could ban some guns — neither of which is likely to happen.”

“I’m convinced that we must think big and systemically. We must treat gun violence in this country as a public health crisis, because it is.”

“First, we must repeal the N.R.A.-backed Dickey Amendment, named for the man who sponsored it, former Representative Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican. It reads: “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Bill Day / Tallahassee, FL

“This is a ridiculous, disastrous piece of legislation because it chokes off funding for research on this crisis and ways to stem it. “

“By comparison, The Washington Post sought to provide an estimated cost of Donald Trump’s asinine proposal to arm a fifth of all teachers, and this is what they concluded: “If we assume the cheapest training and the discounted Glock, we’re at $251 million to arm 718,000 teachers. If we instead assume the full-price, more expansive training and the full-price firearm, the tab creeps past $1 billion.” By the way, the Post estimates that this would put 718,000 guns in our schools and could put hundreds of millions into the coffers of gun makers.”

John Cole / The Scranton Times-Tribune, PA

Where the hell are our priorities?

Even Dickey came to regret the negative impact of his disastrous amendment. He co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post pointing out that:

“Since the legislation passed in 1996, the United States has spent about $240 million a year on traffic safety research, but there has been almost no publicly funded research on firearm injuries. As a consequence, U.S. scientists cannot answer the most basic question: What works to prevent firearm injuries?”

Daryl Cagle / CagleCartoons.com

“The essay, co-written by the then-director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, continued: “We were on opposite sides of the heated battle 16 years ago, but we are in strong agreement now that scientific research should be conducted into preventing firearm injuries and that ways to prevent firearm deaths can be found without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners. The same evidence-based approach that is saving millions of lives from motor-vehicle crashes, as well as from smoking, cancer and H.I.V./AIDS, can help reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from gun violence.”

“We also must allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track gun sales, and keep the data it collects electronically and also searchable. At present, it is prevented from doing so.”

Nick Anderson / Washington Post

“As Kate Irby wrote for McClatchy: “No one has any idea how many assault rifles are in circulation. That’s intentional.” Knowing would require a registry, and the N.R.A. and conspiracy-minded anti-government groups see this as a step toward confiscation, or at least facilitating the possibility.”

“As Irby put it: “The National Firearms Act forbids ‘any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.’ Several restrictions added to congressional appropriations bills also prohibit A.T.F. from requiring gun dealers to submit their inventories to law enforcement. The effect is to prevent A.T.F. from setting up a system that would allow electronic retrieval of gun owners’ personal identification information, and from consolidating or centralizing records provided by firearms dealers.”

Chris Britt / Creators Syndicate

“Still, she writes, “The N.R.A. estimates that between 8.5 million and 15 million assault rifles are in circulation, based on manufacturer data.”

“Finally, we need to empower a permanent commission, possibly under the Department of Homeland Security, to bring all the data together, in consultation with law enforcement, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and any other relevant parties, to make ongoing policy and regulatory recommendations to reduce gun violence.”

“And yet, I know well that none of this is likely to happen. The American idea is caught up in carnage. Its very beginning is rooted in gun violence. It is by the barrel that this land was acquired. It is by the barrel that the slave was subdued and his rebellions squashed. And that is to say nothing of our wars.”

“We have venerated the gun and valorized its usage. America is violent and the gun is a preferred instrument of that violence. America, in many ways, is the gun.”

11 comments

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      Fortunately, There are those from both sides of the aisle who like to resort to hyperbole. In this case there was a previous ban on assault weapons which expired in 2004 without there being a civil war. The current background checks legislation needs to be expanded which has the backing of 97% of Americans.

      There are possibilities.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • True, there was no civil war but 54 individuals who voted for that ban were voted out of Congress and I doubt they would ever do it again if they got a 2nd chance.

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  1. Neocons under Reagan and Bush Sr were just as disgusting, Trump hijacked the party and took it to the level. Republicans were always a party of closet bigots and elitists, worst of all, a party of warmongers. Again credit Trump with bringing it to the light for all to see.

    NRA = Not Rational Anymore… was it ever?

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Neither party is without sin/ fault lines. Both sides of the aisle have made mistakes. But at no time was I ever embarrassed by past republican leaders who went abroad, or felt that they lied every time they opened their mouths.

      There was some sense of sanity.

      The republican party of today is one that I am ashamed of, which is why I left in 2016.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, more voices are needed to decry the lack of focus on gun governance and safety. Yes, it is a complex issue, but it certainly is a gun issue that we must address as well as other solutions. Keith

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  3. Gronda, another interesting article on how the NRA gets—and spends—its money:

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nra-gets-spends-money-213800803.html

    “The NRA spends a lot more on elections—at least $54 million during the 2016 cycle, including $30 million on ads and other activities that either supported Donald Trump or trashed his opponent, Hillary Clinton. That made the NRA the ninth biggest outside-spending organization.”

    Hmmm…. NRA…. Russia…. influencing election. There is a link!

    FBI ‘investigating whether Russian money went to NRA’s campaign to help elect Donald Trump’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/fbi-russia-nra-donald-trump-campaign-election-investigation-mueller-banker-money-a8225581.html

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      If we can’t cut the NRA down to size at this point in history, we are doomed to this gun culture. We have to do something. These kids from the Parkland High School have struck the first major blows.

      Hugs, Gronda

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