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.

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