A Note to My Cousin on Gun Control

The fact that news cycles are consumed by these insane attacks on people, at a seemingly accelerated frequency, is what is turning into the undoing of the NRA’s death grip on Congressional influence. Opposition to unfettered access to guns is not going away and it’s sucking the wind, money and political will out of the NRA lobby.

I have never seen this broad a coalition, this much resolve, this much money and this much momentum on any issue. It is an order of magnitude greater than the Anti-War Movement of the 1960’s. The longer resistance to regulation drags out, the greater those regulations will be. NRA tactics of turning these disasters into occasions to fuel fear and gun sales has flattened out. For the 1st time in decades, gun sales are flat or fall after mass murders. That is because everyone who is vulnerable to being manipulated by scapegoat, fear mongering tactics has already bought in. Everyone else sees through it and are immune to the propaganda.

The NRA campaign has stalled. Every new report of random assassinations is being met with louder and more prolonged calls for regulation and controls. With every report, the NRA silence grows longer. Political opportunists, as selfish as they are, are walking away from the NRA 2nd Amendment trap.

There is no question in my mind that the gun lobby is collapsing. It is a matter of time and we are talking months. We won’t see another election cycle pass without reform. There are too many people dying. The longer it takes, the closer we will come to seeing unconditional surrender and retreat. That, by the way, is what I want. I want an absolute ban on the Manufacture, sales and import of assault weapons, a limit on the number of guns anyone can own, registration of all guns at the time of sale and annual renewal of that registration with proof that you still have it in your possession.

At this point, I’d say, the longer the Gun Lobby fights it, the more they have to lose. They are looking at a line in the sand and the other side of that line is a cliff.

 

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About jackdetate

Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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