This NY Daily News Op-Ed asks the question that, so far, only Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Frank Lautenberg are asking, at least from the political realm.

How much longer are we going to allow ourselves to be cowed by a terror organization that is responsible for FAR more American deaths than al Qaeda, or the Taliban, ever were, or ever will be? Politicians talk about being “tough” on terrorism all the time, and yet…. they either wet themselves in fear, or line up for a payoff, anytime the NRA shows up at their doorsteps.

James Holmes just expanded the range of places you aren’t safe anymore. You knew how dangerous college campuses, and political rallies, and restaurants, could be, but up until now, you could go catch a movie without thinking about whether you’d wind up in a body bag. Those days are over, because the NRA won’t let us even have a dialogue about the proliferation of weaponry in this country.

The next time you decide to go see a show, keep in mind that Holmes managed to acquire some heavy firepower, and 6000 rounds of ammunition-and nobody asked any questions. And then you can wonder, every time you see someone in a long coat, or carrying a backpack, if THEY did what Holmes did. Does this country have to turn into a large version of Mogadishu before someone starts asking how sane our policies are?

The Mexicans have been dealing with the consequences of our laws for decades. Now, more and more, those chickens are coming home to roost. I’m sick of having to read about all of the death, and grief, in the streets, shops, theaters, and restaurants of this country-all because a vile terrorist organization has a bunch of politicians in its pocket.

When will YOU get tired of it? Now, or after you’re laying on the sidewalk, bleeding, because you decided to go for a walk?

 

The police chief in Aurora, Colo., said he is confident that massacre gunman James Holmes acted alone. The police chief was dead wrong.

 

Standing at Holmes’ side as he unleashed an AR-15 assault rifle and a shotgun and a handgun was Wayne LaPierre, political enforcer of the National Rifle Association.

 

Standing at Holmes’ side as he sprayed bullets and buckshot into a crowded movie theater were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a President and a would-be President, who have bowed to the NRA’s dictates and who responded to the slaughter Friday with revolting, useless treacle.

 

Standing at Holmes’ side as he murdered 12 and wounded 59 were the millions of zealots who would sooner see blood flow and lives end than have to check a box on a gun registration form.

 

In a vain claim of innocence, the fanatics will say Holmes is a monster and a maniac, that he fired and fired and fired as a man possessed. Each protestation clamps their fingers with his around the trigger.

 

Because they made sure that virtually everyone, Holmes included, has unfettered legal access to heavy weaponry. And they made sure he was permitted by law to drive to the kill scene with a fully loaded arsenal.

 

Such is the conscienceless extremism of America’s gun lovers that they accept wholesale slaughter as akin to a fatal highway pileup. Accidents happen, in their grotesque view, and so do mass killings by firearms.

 

Yes, they do. Massacres come and they go and nothing meaningful changes except that the body count goes up.

 

The big attacks leap to mind.

 

There was Columbine — amazingly, just down the road from Aurora — where two severely disaffected high school students gunned down 13.

 

There was Virginia Tech, where a student who had been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder murdered 32 and wounded 17 on two rampages.

 

Lower death tolls — two, three, four, five — in offices, parks and restaurants slip from memory as awful but routine, cause for momentary pain and nothing more.

 

The day-to-day mayhem of street-crime shootings, responsible for more deaths than all the mass carnage combined, makes it to the police blotter, the courts, the newspapers, the emergency rooms and the cemeteries.

 

Every Aurora-like spasm provokes the question: How did the killer get his guns? Overwhelmingly, the answer is that he acquired them legally from a licensed dealer under the permissive laws of the local jurisdiction and the deliberately porous oversight of the federal government.

 

In Aurora, the authorities say someone lawfully bought the weapons used by Holmes and that he carried them lawfully until the moment he pulled a trigger. Even the purchase of the AR-15, a rapid-fire, military-style semi-automatic fit for nothing but combat, was by the books.

 

Once, federal law would have kept Holmes’ hands off a superdeadly weapon like the AR-15. In 1994, under President Bill Clinton, Congress outlawed the manufacture and possession of assault weapons, but the statute had a 10-year expiration date.

 

IN 2004, it went off the books to cheers from the NRA, led by LaPierre, who keeps Washington in line and who went to ground Friday, declining comment “until all the facts are known.” As if they aren’t already.

 

Obama postures as supporting a new assault weapons ban but has done exactly nothing to restore the prohibition. Nor has he moved to close the loophole that allows for gun purchases without background checks at weapons shows.

 

Click the link and read the entire Op-Ed. The writer, like you and I, is absolutely incensed that politicians from Obama to Willard are scared to death of the NRA, and saying absolutely nothing about how easily a nutjob got hold of thousands of rounds, and weaponry good only for the purpose of ending human lives, in quantity. If this is what the NRA calls “freedom,” then I’ll take the police state.

I own guns. A lot of people do. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with checking to see if I’m a criminal, or off my rocker, before I’m sold any more guns. There is also absolutely nothing wrong with prohibiting me from buying AR-15s with banana clips that hold 30 rounds. Unless you can think of a good reason why anyone would need such weaponry. And please, don’t give me the “GUBMINT” BS; the GUBMINT is far better equipped than you will ever be. Unless you want to use the Second Amendment to argue that it’s legal to have nuclear weapons. And, quite frankly, I don’t see that as much of a stretch from saying that the Second Amendment, written at a time when the average gun was a smooth-bore single shot not capable of killing beyond about 25 feet, covers the kind of weapons people like James Holmes are buying.

This is insanity, aided by corruption, and someone needs to have the balls to say it to the whole country. Let LaPierre run himself over a cliff. All that is needed is to ask him if the Secoind Amendment covers nukes-and then, if he responds negatively ask him why it doesn’t, since it clearly DOES cover other weapons of mass destruction, BY HIS OWN DEFINITION.

If he says that it DOES, you still have your answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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