The GOP Loves the Guns (Us, not so much)
Let’s be clear, the “God & Guns” mantra of the GOP isn’t new. From the beginning of President Obama’s first run for office, Republiteas worked feverishly to scare voters into thinking he would come for their guns. When tragedies happened, and guns were the weapons of choice, the fear frenzy would increase — to save the guns. Before them, Dems were the gun-totin’ and massacred their fair share of Black people (just check the history — not what schools often teach, though).
All of the tragedies we have witnessed are impossible to ignore. The predictability of political responses are all too predictable, too (in five steps):
1) Gun-centered tragedy occurs.
2) Bipartisan #ThoughtsAndPrayers issues
3) GOP says it’s too soon to address policy, we have to mourn the loss and help the injured.
4) Dems make well-intended legislative proposals, which get defeated.
5) We await the next tragedy.
Let’s be clear, guns have more value than lives in the GOP playbook. They are beholden to their standings on the NRA scorecard.
The predictable redundancy of their lack of actionable empathy is abhorrent.
Why does GOP think gun silencers (noise suppressors) are necessary for civilians? Well they find time to draft legislation to make them legal and mire accessible. It is clear that gun fire sounds helped police determine he direction. The frequency of the gunfire is critical in the investigation.
The Ohio GOP already has ordained open carry laws — even military weapons. But, that still isn’t enough. And when you think they can’t love their guns enough…wait, there’s even more they want to legalize:
Citizens can openly carry more fire-power than the police.
State level gun bills impact us all.
Ohio wants more lawhttp://www.actiontogetherohio.org/action/ohio-republicans-trying-to-beef-up-pro-gun-laws
Texas leaders have made gun licensing fees almost non-existent.
And Congress wrongs hands and says there’s nothing that can be done. The irony that fake guns are more restricted than real ones is laughable — and ludicrous!
The feigned empathy is paraded around Capitol Hill after every tragedy. But, it is is never followed up by real action, so it becomes a waste of America’s time and an optical illusion. Politicians are motivated by their chance for election or re-election — what will motivate the American people to push greater action for issues where we want action?
The president said we will talk about gun laws, “as time goes by.” Hasn’t enough time gone by already? He’s also credited Australia for having a better healthcare system than ours. Maybe he will follow their lead on healthcare reform and their much better gun laws — motivated by catastrophe. Keep hope alive.