John Boehner’s Reasoning for Blocking Research Into Gun Violence is Appallingly Stupid

john-boehner-faceI’ve professed many times that the group of people I despise dealing with more than any other are gun fanatics. While religious fundamentalists come in a very close second, dealing with your typical “gun nut,” for me, is just about as enjoyable as I’d imagine it would be to run head first at full speed into a brick wall. Though I might enjoy that slightly more than I do dealing with someone who’s a member of the NRA.

As someone who supports gun rights, no matter how hard I try, I’ll never understand anyone who’s completely irrational when it comes to guns. In my opinion, a lot of the irrational paranoia surrounding any mention of gun regulation is tied in with emotional and mental instability. After all, these are the people who literally claim that guns have nothing to do with gun violence.

All that being said, John Boehner once again proved just how irrational the Republican party is about guns. Recently, Republicans blocked a bill that would have provided funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study what types of factors lead to gun violence and mass shootings.

Boehner’s response? Guns aren’t a “disease”:

Listen, the CDC is there to look at diseases that need to be dealt with to protect the public health. I’m sorry, but a gun is not a disease. And guns don’t kill people; people do. And when people use weapons in a horrible way, we should condemn the actions of the individual, not blame the action on some weapon. Listen, there are hundreds of millions of weapons in America. They’re there. And they’re going to be there. They’re protected under the Second Amendment. But people who use weapons in an inappropriate or illegal way ought to be dealt with severely.

Let me translate that for you: Since Republicans are nothing but puppets for the NRA, we don’t want any money going toward scientific studies which might determine that mental instability, combined with laws that make it very easy to gain access to a gun, is the leading cause of gun violence. In other words, they don’t want any evidence that might conclude that guns do play a part in gun violence.

It is completely illogical and irrational to say that you don’t want to see studies done that might conclude or discover signs that lead to gun violence. Then again, this isn’t really about addressing gun violence – it’s about the fact that the GOP has sold its soul to to the NRA and big gun manufacturers. The people who love quoting the second half of the Second Amendment, while ignoring the whole “well regulated” part of it.

Just think about that for a moment. Our Second Amendment literally has the words “well regulated” written at the very beginning but gun fanatics completely ignore that part, only focusing on the words “shall not be infringed.” Gun regulations do not prevent people from being able to “keep and bear arms.” What they do is “well regulate” that right – which is exactly what the Founding Fathers wrote at the very beginning of the Second Amendment.

It’s absolutely absurd that the “well regulated” aspect of our Second Amendment gets completely ignored anytime there’s an issue pertaining to guns. As if the Founding Fathers were just joking when they put that part in there.

And what all of this gun fanaticism has led to is a nation where so many Americans have become so irrational about guns that even the thought of providing funding for research to study what might lead people to commit these heinous acts of violence is apparently too “anti-gun.”

As I said, people like Boehner don’t want in-depth research to be conducted on gun violence. They’re afraid that when it’s all said and done, scientific research is going to conclude that the availability of guns to those with mental illnesses of varying degrees is what leads to the vast majority of these horrific acts of gun-related violence.

Or to put it in another way: Yes, guns do play a part in gun violence – especially the ease of availability and inadequate background checks as it pertains to those with mental illnesses.

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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