Friday, October 6, 2017
Overheard at Table 2: Bump Stock Review by the NRA
Heard on NPR this morning as I was moving cars at 5:15am, pundits discussing possible gun reviews in government. They were saying that NRA was on board with a review of the bump stock. The pundits were blithely saying that congress was trying to decide if the review would be sufficient for the NRA, as was the White House.
I wanted to scream at these pundits that the NRA shouldn’t get to choose. They shouldn’t even have a say.
Here’s the deal: a government, when working properly, exists to protect the citizens.
The NRA does not exist to protect the citizens. The NRA exists to protect guns. Period.
When it comes to protecting the citizens and guns, if those two come into conflict, then government is required to side with the citizens and the NRA can side with guns. Government, being the stronger entity (again: when working properly), should have the final say and determine the best path forward to protect the citizens.
Since the government cannot make a coherent, rational decision, without sticking out its tongue and wagging like a dog begging at the master’s table, it is time to remove government and install one that will protect the citizens. We will do this by making our voices heard and by voting wisely.
To accomplish this: We must call each of our federal representatives, daily.
Second: we must educate ourselves on candidates, every one. We must vote in every election. We must encourage others to vote in every election, at every level, and for others to be educated on every candidate, every topic.
Yes this may sound inconvenient, but remember, the next concert you go to, or that your children go to, it could be your brain that’s blown out by a madman’s bullet. Or your teenage daughter’s. Her skull could be smashed to pieces so badly that you would only be able to identify her by the shape of her jaw or the birthmark on her shoulder. And, knowing that you could have spoken up, knowing that you could have said something, done something, but didn’t, then, at that time, you can accept some measure of culpability.