Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pro-gun lobbyist headquarters in Newtown

Many people have not heard that the second most powerful pro-gun nut lobbying PAC in the country, The National Shooting Sports Foundation,  is located in Newtown, CT, just free miles from where the Sandy Hook massacre took place.  Now, if there were really a God then we would expect that all the children killed in that massacre would be the sons and daughters of people who work for the NSSF.  That would be divine karma, and it might be a lesson that could get through even their hard heads.  However, so far as we have heard, none of these gun-pushers had children who were killed by the unregulated gun trade policies and glaring loopholes that these people were instrumental in pressuring Congress to adopt.

On the NSSF website, the CEO, Patrick Rothwell, rehashes a lot of the same tired, straw-man arguments, that a gun can't be "good or bad" because it's not a person, blah, blah, blah.  Of course this idiotic argument ignores the fact that tools are created for specific purposes or "jobs".  You can tell me that you are buying a half-million dollar John Deere agricultural combine just to look at it, or to mow your backyard, but the purpose/job for which this tool was designed is to harvest hundreds or thousands of acres of crops.  Likewise, the purpose/job for which a high-capacity, rapid-firing rifle was built to to kill a lot of people quickly.  Now, clearly, we recognize the need for the job to get done of harvesting crops.  It's less clear that we want the average person equipped with a tool whose primary purpose is to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time.  So, perhaps they should be restricted to people who actually need these tools, like police and SWAT team members.  Of course, if you can demonstrate that you have a compelling need, as a fire arms instructor, body guard, etc, there should be a process where you can apply for a license anyway.  But why should be just let anyone who wants on buy one, especially through loopholes at "gun shows" where no background check of any kind is required, and person acquiring it might be mentally ill, for example?

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