How gun control advocates could break the NRA's blockade - CNNPolitics:
Since early in Bill Clinton's first term as president, the National Rifle Association and its legislative allies have effectively stymied meaningful federal gun control legislation. That blockade has held for two decades despite a succession of mass shootings over so horrific they have become known simply by their location: Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando and now Las Vegas.Nobody is forgetting the massacres which make the headlines, but everyone is forgetting the true cost of firearms violence. It's not the crazy-man-with-a-gun that we need to deal with; they're crazy, you can't do anything about them but lock them up after the fact.
The REAL problem is the everyday low-key violence which occurs in urban ghettos. And while you remain too shy *(or too politically correct)* to identify the real problem, all of your solutions will fail to stop the greatest number of firearms deaths in America.
What is the Real Problem?
Most of the 'firearms violence' incidents, those which continue to rack up high body counts on a daily basis, don't occur in the white-bread high schools in our nation.
Why is it that young black men are being murdered by the dozens on a weekly basis with nobody paying much attention to it; but when one young white man goes crazy in a 'fly-over' state, the pontificating political left acts as if the world is coming to an end?
After the Columbine high school shooting, Clinton pushed in 1999 for legislation centered on closing the so-called "gun show loophole."
Where was Bill Clinton before that seminal moment? Was he stretching his legs under his desk in the Oval Office, perhaps experiencing his own seminal moment?
There has never been any sign of a National Leadership willing to pay attention to the problems with the urban poor, and ... yes, the young black men who weekly slaughter each other more regularly than all of the Las Vegas and Columbine tragedies, which occur on a relatively rare frequency?
Where is the call from the Federal government for a solution to the SOCIETAL problem which is the true progenitor of Urban Firearms Violence?
Does America choose to ignore the slaughter in Chicago, Baltimore, even D.C. merely because both the victims and the murderers are usually
The more consequential change since the 1990s has been the willingness of more Congressional Republicans with large white-collar and suburban constituencies to vote with the NRA.Why is there an emphasis on "... large white-collar and suburban constituencies ..." when the violence is not usually perpetrated on, nor by, white-collar and suburban constituencies?
Most urban firearms violence involves a strong racial bias. It isn't because both killer and victim are black; its because they live in a neighborhood where economic opportunities are lacking for young black men with no marketable skills. .
They're not shooting each other because there are too many guns, Dammit. They're shooting each other because they have nothing better to do!
The mothers of these young men are often unmarried, trying to support their family, and there is no father-figure to teach their sons how to be a man. The daughters have only their mother as a role model ... sometimes the children have no father in common. These children often have no incentive to get a good education. New business opportunities won't establish themselves where the violence is too fearful to attract workers who are NOT young local untrained men and women.
It's because poverty and neglect are so common in these communities that there IS no sense of community, except that "Whitey is going to keep us down!" (And they are right!)
It's because our National Leadership is ignoring that particular gorilla, because the headlines are full of Las Vegas and Washington and which Republican Senator is dissing which Republican Party Hack this week.
When we read articles such as the one in the headline, we should cringe.
REPUBLICANS AREN'T TURNING ON TRUMP, THEY'RE TURNING ON EACH OTHER