Gun Nuts and the NRA: Two of the Biggest Contributors to America’s Problem with Gun Violence

open-carryWhen it comes to the problem of gun violence in this country, there’s no easy solution.  No one thing is going to solve the problem and any possible solution that might actually work will most likely take time for it to actually show meaningful impact.  But it’s indisputable we have a very real problem with gun violence in this country and something needs to be done about it.

But that will never happen as long as the NRA has anything to say about it.  Their rhetoric, fear mongering and propaganda make it nearly impossible to have a rational debate about dealing with gun violence in this country.

Because no matter how many guns we have in this county, their answer to any issue pertaining to gun violence will always be the same thing – more guns.  

Not only that, any push to pass even the most sensible of gun regulations (even something as simple as universal background checks) brings about mass hysteria from gun nuts proclaiming that the government is coming to seize everybody’s guns.

It’s an endless cycle.  The NRA and their fellow gun nuts proclaim that we need more guns to protect us from the guns that their lobbying has helped ensure more easily found their way into the hands of criminals.  Honestly, it’s quite genius.  They lobbied to ensure tens of millions of guns easily find their way into our society so that later they could argue that more guns are needed to protect ourselves from the guns criminals easily obtained, because getting a gun is so easy you can get one at Walmart right next to fishing gear.

Though in reality what they’ve done is they’ve lobbied to ensure people like Elliot Rodger can legally, and easily, buy guns.

In fact, before this pathetic psychopath went on his rampage, he was what the NRA would have called a proud, patriotic gun owning American.  Using “NRA logic,” a “bad guy with a gun” was actually a “good guy with a gun” – just before they decided to open fire on their innocent victims.

But at the root of all of this remains the NRA.  The single biggest force behind the inability to have any kind of rational debates about what we can do to try to reduce gun violence in this country.  Because like I said earlier, their only answer is more guns.  But not only do they believe that more guns are the answer to everything related to gun violence, if they had their way it would be even easier for people to buy guns.

For too long we’ve let the lunatics at the NRA do everything they can to ensure that anytime the issue of reducing gun violence is mentioned, the discussion loses any possibility of common sense and rational discourse.

And as long as we continue to let the radical ideologies of the NRA pollute every single discussion on tackling gun violence, I can promise you we’re only going to see more and more of these mass shootings.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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