They’re not getting anything else done, but there’s no time to consider gun control legislation, according to Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner. Although the White House has indicated that it would like to see some action on this subject, it’s just not going to happen. Even Dianne Feinstein, the best-known senator in favor of gun control, says that “now is not the time” because it’ll never be allowed to come up for a vote.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, asked by a reporter on Tuesday whether Republicans would go along with any changes to gun laws, responded: “I haven’t heard any discussions about the issue of whether or not having different gun control laws would keep people who clearly are unbalanced from committing acts,” McConnell said. “I think the widespread view is that somebody who is that unbalanced will find some way to do harm. And we have many areas of the country that have very strict gun control laws and it seems not to have had any impact on the incidences that are in question. So I don’t sense any movement among either Democrats or Republicans in the direction of thinking that stricter gun control laws would likely have prevented this horrible occurrence in Colorado.”
Saying that there’s no sense in making laws if some people won’t obey them is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Using that argument, you could do away with all laws. Why have laws against murder? People are just going to kill each other anyway. Everybody drives faster than the speed limit sooner or later, so let’s get rid of those laws as well. And banking laws? Oh, wait — never mind, we already got rid of them.
Believe it or not, at one time the NRA was a simple organization that promoted gun safety. Now they’re a giant political machine that controls what laws will and will not pass through Congress. After the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, polls showed that 70% of the population was in favor of reasonable gun laws controlling such things as assault weapons and massive ammunition clips. But it wasn’t even considered in the hallowed halls of government. Why? Because the NRA said “no.”
Nice to know there’s someone looking out for us, isn’t it?