The National Rifle Association has become a liability to the safety of all Americans

I am a mother and this mom is pissed off. I have had enough of the gun control measures being voted down by Congress. There’s been enough domestic shootings, mass shootings, school shootings, police shootings, unintentional shootings involving children, and police officers getting shot. Recently, felons with illegal firearms have murdered officers in Idaho, Mississippi, and New York. Much of the blame for this can be laid at the feet of the NRA.

nraIn 2013, of the 25 officers killed by gunfire, 50% of the shooters were individuals barred from owning a firearm. All were felons with prior convictions or mental health issues. Although most people assume these firearms are stolen, they are more often obtained through straw buyers or even more commonly, trafficked from states with lax background checks, either through the Internet and/or unlicensed gun dealers.

Although federal gun laws stay the same in every state, each state has their own laws and some of them are very “gun friendly.” These states are: Alaska; Florida; Arizona; Idaho; Kentucky; Montana; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; Wyoming; Louisiana; Wisconsin; North Dakota; Kansas; Georgia; and Mississippi. The NRA has their fingerprints all over these pro-gun states.

Gun shows are a huge problem when it comes to straw purchases. Although gun show dealers are ostensibly supposed to run checks, many don’t, and will sell guns to buyers without even checking ID. This practice is so common that terrorist leaders overseas call for their followers to just go get guns and begin opening fire on people.

Thanks to the National Rifle Association, background checks have become cursory and the waiting period is much shorter in these states. Not only that but background checks at gun shows are basically non-existent. Since 2013, 102 officers in the line of duty were killed from 2014-May 15, 2015. That’s up from 76 police fatalities in 2013 or 20% increase. Of that 20% increase, 38% are from gunfire with illegal guns.

How is this actually happening? How have these cop killers actually obtained their illegal weapons? Guns are from all over the country are smuggled into areas where there is a demand. This  includes rural and urban neighborhoods. They are used to barter for drugs and other contraband, and are even cheaper on the streets than from licensed gun dealers in many cases.

For a good example, look to the recent killing of Officer Moore in New York City. The murder weapon was traced to a gun shop in Georgia that was broken into, with those same firearms traveling up the “Iron Pipeline” to NYC. Even though New York’s gun control laws have resulted in it being one of only four states reporting a drop in gun homicides from 2003-2013, the lax gun laws in Georgia, where there’s been a marked increase in gun deaths, have directly affected the Empire State in lethal ways.

Similarly, Chicago suffers from a plague of gun violence. The NRA and other pro-gun advocates point to this is an example of how firearms restrictions, as that city has in place, do not work. But this is a fallacy.

Gun laws in one relatively small geographical area are rendered ineffective if the surrounding areas don’t share those restrictions. This is the case in Chicago. It’s easy enough to step outside city limits, get firearms illegally, and drive right back in.

New York City enjoys effective gun laws due in no small part to the fact that its outlying areas share the same legislation. It’s a little tougher to acquire guns illegally in The Big Apple, but it’s certainly not impossible. Felons just need to go farther, like to Georgia.

Oh, that Georgia gun shop that got robbed? All it took to get inside it was a crowbar. How’s that for safety? Real responsible gun ownership there, huh?

After the Sandy Hook tragedy on December 14, 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg started a group called Every Town for Gun Safety. Bloomberg pledged to raise $50 million dollars and tightened gun control issues.

The President of Everytown, John Feinblatt, has also had enough. Feinblatt previously served as Chief Policy Advisor to New York City Mayor Michael R.Bloomberg. He previously served as the Criminal Justice Coordinator for the City of New York and was the founding director of the Center for Court Innovation, the country’s leading think tank devoted to problem solving justice.

In a statement, Feinblatt said, “Police officers are on the front lines of protecting our communities each and everyday – we owe it to them to close the loopholes that make it easy for criminals to dodge background checks an easily get their hands on guns.” Feinblatt went on to say that, police officers are, “vulnerable because of the weak gun laws in our country.”

According to the study from Every Town for Gun Safety, there are a total of 665,129 law enforcement officers in the United States. Of those officers, 322,163 live in states that require a background check for private handgun sales. 342,966 officers live in states that do not require background checks for private handgun sales. Nationwide, a total of 676 officers were killed in action and 551 involved a firearm.

The officers from States with stricter background checks had 272 fatalities compared to states with no background checks and 404 fatalities. Law enforcement officers killed with a handgun that was not their own was 114 and 233 respectively. That is a difference of 48%. That’s huge. Feinblatt calls this a “loophole big enough to drive a Mack truck through.”  FBI data indicates that the number of officers killed feloniously with firearms rose 77 percent since 2013.

We need to restrict the right to bear arms so that those who are convicted felons, people who are psychiatrically distressed, or proven hotheads have this right revoked. As an example, when a domestic abuser is given a restraining order to keep him away from his wife or girlfriend, his right to keep and bear arms should be revoked. Too many women have died because men like this retained their access to guns. Ideally, they should have all guns confiscated and go a in a database preventing from getting new ones, from any source – gun shows included.

When a person demonstrates reckless behavior or brandishes a gun, he or she should lose the right to own it. Just as we do with cars, to borrow a favorite comparison tactic from the NRA and other gun lobbies. The right to bear arms is not absolute, and must be revocable in cases in which the individual displays lack of responsibility. That seems to be common sense.

nraUnfortunately, common sense goes right out the window once the NRA becomes involved. They lobby constantly to repeal and undermine gun laws nationwide, and they’re responsible for the uneven patchwork of laws and regulations from State to State.

In short, the NRA works to make sure gun laws can’t work, in order to say that gun laws don’t work. See how that works?

It is no secret that their money has bought them nigh unlimited power in Congress, and their spokesman, Wayne LaPierre, stated his organization’s direct opposition to Hillary Clinton while making thinly veiled racist jabs at President Obama.

Think about that for a moment; the NRA is openly announcing that they will decide the Presidency of the United States. All the while they claim to be representing patriot Americans but that’s a smoke screen. The NRA actually represents gun manufacturers, not regular Americans. They wave a flag, play a recording of Charlton Heston, and their followers swallow it hook, line, and sinker.

Slowly but surely, people are beginning to shrug off the rhetoric of the NRA. More and more Americans are realizing the need for greater restrictions of firearms. Organizations like Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America have gained a lot of traction in the last few years. And while their critics love to point out how small the movements can seem to be, it can’t be denied that resistance to the NRA was something considered impossible not very long ago. The times are changing. People are pushing for expanded background checks, tougher gun laws, and universal enforcement of all of this.

Still, it won’t be an easy thing for America to shake itself loose from the influence of the NRA. Their supporters rabidly harass anyone speaking out against gun lobbies. Facebook fanpages dedicated to gun culture will direct swarms of trolls to articles they don’t like, or to skew online polls about gun laws. The NRA commonly cites the fraudulent John R. Lott, as well as others who say what they like to hear, regardless of their lack of credibility.

But it’s the NRA’s money which is their greatest weapon. They have bought and paid for politicians at every level, the majority of whom are Republican, to pass gun-friendly legislation at every opportunity. Just as an example of the type of madness they push through, did you know that Iowa allows the blind to carry guns? What could go wrong with that?

The Second Amendment was written as being necessary to the Security of the State. As defined by the NRA, it is Contrary to the Security of the State. The irresponsible are being enabled to own firearms. Criminals use their rhetoric to flaunt their guns under the guise of Open Carry groups. Gun laws are weakened, repealed, and the nation is kept under the thumb of gun manufacturers. That is not freedom.

Americans need to resist the lies, intimidation tactics, and propaganda forwarded by the NRA. We will never be truly free until we do.

Additional material provided by Chad R. MacDonald.

Hi everyone! I am a prior litigation paralegal and graduate of the UCLA paralegal program. My undergraduate studies were at University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in Sociology and minoring in Business. Adding law heightened my analytical skills of legal issues, social issues and I worked on several high profile class action cases against BMW; Microsoft; General Motors; 24 Hour Fitness; Airborne vitamin supplement and several other class action cases that were litigated U.S. Federal Courts. I love writing about political and consumer protection issues and proud to be a contributor for Quietmike.org.

12 COMMENTS

  1. you understand how absurd all of this bs is I am a proud member of the NRA I am 16 years old and the “gun people” are the nicest people I have ever met in my life. I denounce anyone being a moron with their firearm but what you guys don’t understand is the 2nd amendment is there so that we can defend ourselves from criminals, foreign invaders, and our own government if it becomes tyrannical. and the majority of the shootings that happen in America happen in gun free zones where no law abiding citizens have guns and criminals by definition do not obey the law they in fact prefer people that cannot defend themselves which is one of the many reasons crime is so high in liberal cities and states. when criminals know if they break into a house they might get shot they are not eager to break into it however when they know there is a place with no security at all they will leap at the chance. the NRA is not a fear and hate driven crowd we view the bill of rights as unalienable rights that cannot be broken by the government and if someone threatens to take away our god given rights then we will oppose it. you also might notice that most violent criminals are in fact democrats.

    something else note the 2nd amendment says and I quote “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    this is word for word the second amendment you will notice that the militia part and the right of the people to keep and bear arms are two separate parts meaning we need a militia to have a free state and normal citizens can keep and bear arms without the threat of it being taken away by the government. anyone who wants to abolish the constitution in my eyes is a traitor to the United States of America. I believe in all free speech (also in the bill of rights) but there is a difference between protesting and taking away peoples rights and threatening. If you have a problem with this post then you can take it up with yourself because I do not care.

  2. Crime is down. Gun violence is down.

    Don’t let the media and hysterics conceal those facts.

    Being a cop is one of the safer jobs you can have.

    Your chance of being a victim of gun violence is 1 in 10,000. Yes, in order to be a victim of gun violence, you must be supremely unlucky.

    I can continue to dissassemble the rest of the talking points in this article, but why bother, no one will change their mind.

    Find a gun control advocate and take them shooting. Help them overcome their fear of these inanimate objects of steel and plastic.

  3. Appalled at the state of gun terrorism in our country, taking place legally. We are losing children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins, coworkers Every Fucking day. The rednecks took over after GW’s illegal war, and brought the war home. Shut it down; track every gun. Prosecute every shooting based on the gun owner. Lose your gun? Report it lost or stolen and avoid trouble. Kid takes your gun to school and shoots someone? YOU GO TO JAIL. There are states allowing domestic abusers, felons and the like to own guns legally! I am appalled, this is no place to raise a child. America, get your shit together and wipe the NRA off your ass.

  4. Why don’t people from New York, and New Jersey just drive to Pennsylvania and go to a gun show since most of the sellers at gun shows don’t do background checks.
    Are you just stupid? There’s contradictory statements from paragraph to paragraph. Do you know that for over 192 years with the exception of the NFA in the 1930’s we had next to no gun control. Yet none of the levels of extreme violence you see today happened then??

  5. I am sick to death of the bullshit talking point “2nd Amendment”. If these fuckers could read they would know it has nothing to do with owning a gun. Let’s repeal this bullshit amendment. It is way overdue. We also need to modify the 1st Amendment. With assholes like ted nugent threatening the president with a rifle on national television and he is still walking around is bullshit.

    • This is a handful of “MOMS”. With Bluembergs millions telling falsehoods and out right lies, only the public has woken up and realizes it for what it is: propaganda

  6. @Deb,

    Absolutely disagree.

    So gun owners are racist, “haters”, and lower educated? Who is pushing hate and hysteria here again? I am probably better educated than you and almost certainly make more money than you. And yes, I own many firearms of various types. If you are educated, your post certainly doesn’t show it with your complete disregard for any semblance of proper grammar.

    I find it hysterically hypocritical that you are using the same fear techniques you claim to despise to push your own agenda.

    Unfortunately for you, the pendulum has swung in favor of the 2nd Amendment and the majority of Americans do not favor further restrictions on our rights.

    How awful for you.

    • Waco, TX is a perfect example of gun culture gone wrong..you mention u have several guns which is totally your business, assuming u are a responsible owner.
      But if u think that gun manufactures, NRA and republicans are not in lock step u are asleep..ALEC=Open carry, Stand Your Ground, to name a few.
      BTW, your personal attack tells the truth of my earlier post..

  7. Absolutely agree, NRA & Fox have joined forces to appeal to the lower educated, fear and hate driven crowd..and it has worked gun sales and profits have skyrocketed..after every mass killings gun sales spike again..These haters have fallen prey to the corporations who are bank rolling the entire fear/hate/racism program here in the US..We have gone from excellence to a total laughingstock in the world…Awful.

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