(September 04, 2015) ... H/T: The Gun Feed
As the state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association likes to point out, it’s the illegal possession of guns that kills people. But what solutions have the NRA and other gun organizations offered as helpful resolutions to gun violence — outside of keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill?Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson seems, in her short (but not short enough, considering the lack of actual content) editorial opinion piece, to be putting the NRA on the spot. She thinks that "they" (NRA et al) should be the source of "helpful resolutions to gun violence", but offers little in that arena herself.
This letter to the editor shouldn't be considered an attempt to establish 'a dialogue', let alone an attempt to offer a 'solution'. The fact is, this is an area where the Senator has no opinion, no expertise, neither compromise nor solution. She just has a footnote to her next re-election campaign. The letter is something that she can point at and proudly proclaim that she has tried and failed to establish a dialogue to resolve the problem of gun violence.
Let's count the talking points. She has not defined the "problem", nor has she offered a 'solution'.
She has identified The Bad Guys (who are, surprisingly, not the people who constitute the 'problem' by attacking innocents with guns, but rather those who have been very clear that "the only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"). That's all she has.
She's an archer with an empty quiver, but she doesn't care. She got her name in the newspapers. and surely it's a talking point for her next re-election campaign. She has identified a problem, and she has pointed the finger ... at someone else. Hopefully, someone with tuggable purse strings.
She doesn't have a clue about the genesis of the problem. She doesn't have a solution. She just has a straw-man to put on the spot. And her name in the newspapers.
Hmmm ... would it be too easy to suggest that the Honorable Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson might just possibly be a Democrat?