Barack Obama is trying to walk a fine line between protecting the right to bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment and clamping down on more than 30,000 deaths from firearms that happen every year in the United States.
However, the National Rifle Association is against any limitations on gun rights, including banning or controlling any kinds of ammunition, even armor piercing bullets that hunters "desperately" need to kill deer. So in their "fair and balanced" imitation of Faux News, the NRA today created a webpage to cry wolf about Obama.
Don't fall for the nonsense.
The only thing one needs to understand about this NRA campaign is that they are not protecting the gun rights of the average hunter or law abiding gun owner, they are protecting gun companies sales to gang bangers and criminals who account for a large percentage of their revenue.
Gun companies get a new sale every time a gun owner replaces a stolen weapon, which is far more often than one would think. Over 600,000 firearms are stolen every year in the U.S. Instead of working to make their guns more traceable and the streets safer, the gun companies want to protect their lucrative indirect and repeat sales to gang members and criminals.
While the NRA claims they are protecting the rights of hunters and citizens to bear arms, they are also protecting the right of criminals to have easy access to automatic weapons and high kill rate ammunition so they can keep our emergency rooms full of 5 year old kids caught in the cross fire of turf wars, and urban shoot outs over "respect". Hunters and law abiding citizens have no need for those types of high powered weapons and ammunition.
And, as revealed by ABC News, the NRA (working with the Bush Administration) is also protecting gun and ammunition sales to the Mexican drug cartels, who, according to U.S. law enforcement statistics, get more than 90% of their guns from the U.S. 3,500 people have been murdered by the Mexican drug cartels in the last 15 months, 2,000 of them law enforcement officials.
The number of U.S. deaths from gun violence are almost 10 times the numbers in Mexico. According to a 2007 New York Times article, 29,569 Americans died from gun violence in 2004, that's 81 deaths every day. An additional 176 people are injured daily from gun violence (64,389 in 2004). The CDC has updated their site to include statistics from 2005 (the latest year full statistics are available) and gun deaths rose that year to 30,694.
By comparison, 4,092 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq during the last five years at the time of this article. Approximately 150,000 Americans have been killed at home from gun violence during the same period.
So who is the NRA protecting, U.S. citizens or gun company sales?
The laws Barack Obama supports that the NRA are vehemently against include sensible acts like:
- Mandatory waiting periods to purchase a gun
- Requiring citizens to actually register their firearms
- Mandatory micro stamping of guns to aid tracing weapons
- Banning inexpensive handguns that make it easier for criminals to acquire
- Limit gun purchases to one gun a month
- Require training for gun owners
- Restrict gun ownership to citizens 21 and older
- Eliminate right to carry concealed weapons
- Ban gun shops from operating within 5 miles of a school
- Ban resale of police firearms which include high powered assault weapons
- Ban high capacity ammunition magazines that are often used by gang members in drive by shootings and not needed to kill a deer
Those do not sound the like rantings of a crazy person hell bent on denying citizens the right to bear arms. They sound like well thought out solutions to curb gun deaths. Training citizens to safely handle firearms, restricting access to guns and assault ammunition by criminals, registering guns and making them more traceable, those are all the acts of common sense, despite what the NRA wants citizens to believe.
They proposals do, however, affect the pocket books of gun manufacturers, so the NRA, acting as the large bully lobbyist group they have become, throw a public fit and get headlines. Unfortunately most Americans do not go beyond the headlines and find out the facts to a story, much less a political candidate.
We've experienced 8 years of high crimes and misdemeanors. We can't change this country if we turn a blind eye to the corruption and mind controlling ways of the powers that be.
This is just the beginning. It's a long way to November, so keep your eyes, ears, and minds open to avoid the lies and false allegations that will continue to come Obama's way. Then make sure to discuss them with your friends and family so they become and, just as importantly, stay informed.