Maybe you don’t know how sick America has become. I’ll tell you: After the latest mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, Republicans voted the next day to allow suspected terrorists on the U.S. Watch List to continue legally buying assault weapons, or any other gun they desire.
No, you didn’t misread that. And this is not a case of Senate Republicans not realizing what they were voting for.
This is a case of a political party in America — the Republican Party — telling us that the children who are mowed down each day by our nation’s gun culture are not as important as terrorists within the United States being able to buy the weapon of their choice. Terrorists just like the couple in San Bernardino who legally purchased their weapons and then killed 14 people.
The Senate Republicans who voted to allow terrorists to buy any weapon they want received $27 million from the NRA, which, by any definition, is a terrorist organization. What else can you call a group that beats back every effort to reduce the more than 30,000 gun deaths a year in the United States?
Let me repeat: Republican politicians announced Dec. 3, quite clearly: Children’s lives are not as important as making sure the couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino can buy any weapon they want. As a reward for their vote, the Republicans receive campaign blood money, legal bribes, from the gun manufacturers, from the NRA, from cynical people like Cabela’s CEO Tommy Millner. Millner exploited the extreme paranoia of his customers, the gun nuts, by planning for Obama’s victory in the 2012 election. He stocked vast numbers of AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifles, and after Obama was elected and then a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School, the NRA advised its members to grab their guns before Obama did, and Cabela’s business “went vertical,” Millner bragged.
You think this can’t be true. Americans aren’t that stupid, right? Wrong. From 2004 to 2014, more than 2,000 terror suspects have legally purchased guns in the United States, according to the Washington Post. That’s exactly how stupid we are, and the Republican Party loves getting rich off of it. They believe they can get away with this. And do you know why they believe it? Because they can get away with it, and they do get away with it, day after day after day. And they’ll get away with it this time, too. Because you don’t care. Or because you don’t know what to do about it. Or because you’re scared that your husband or boyfriend, the gun nut, and all of his buddies will attack you and call you a libtard for saying this is wrong.
Let me say it: This is wrong. This is beyond wrong. This is sick. The Republicans in the U.S. Congress are sick puppies, and we put them there. There’s only one way out of this mess, and it will require all of us to take two simple steps:
1) Vow this minute never to vote for a political candidate who won’t regulate firearms. 2) Vote in every single election from now on.
It’s that simple. And it’s the only way to defeat the NRA, whose members are mostly single-issue voters.
Or, do nothing, and wait for the killer to show up at your kids’ school. Or the movie theater or church where your teenagers have gone for the evening. Do nothing, and eventually we’ll all get to witness a mass shooting, or we’ll all know someone killed in one, or, if the odds go really against you, then you or someone in your family will be the next victim. That’s what you have to look forward to if you let the Republicans and the NRA get away with it again.
The NRA has an almost 40-year head start. But we have right on our side. We have the majority of the American people who believe guns should be regulated. Why the hell is the gun the only unregulated consumer product in America? Because the NRA outfoxed us, and put us in a box.
Time to break out of the NRA’s box. It’s time the majority took back this country. Time for the sick cowards in the Congress to go home and never return to Washington. They’ve done enough damage for one lifetime. Good riddance.
I ask you: Do you endorse this? How can you vote for someone who watches children killed by gun violence every day in America, and then refuses to halt the sale of assault weapons to known terrorists?
This is what we’ve come to in America. This is one sick country.
Sonny Bohanan is a writer and editor in Fort Worth, Texas. If you liked this article, please enter your email address in the box above to the right, then click Subscribe to receive each of his new posts in your email. You can also follow him on Twitter, and send him a Friend request on Facebook. Thanks for reading.