Watching reaction to last Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson leaves no doubt about who’s the most powerful lobby in Washington today: the NRA.
In the wake of the shooting, immediately we heard lots of ideas about what steps should be taken in response to the shooting: tighter security for members of Congress in their districts; no more public events; isolating the Capitol building from visitors; and, of course, lowering the flames of political rhetoric.
But nobody would even dare utter the words: gun control. For four days.
Now, finally, people are talking about it: How could a clearly mentally-deranged young man like Jared Loughner walk into a sporting goods store, pass a federal background check, and walk out with a Glock 19?
The Army wouldn’t trust him with a weapon. He was considered unfit to take a math class at his community college. Yet we – yes, we – it’s the gun laws our representatives put in place – we trusted him with a weapon designed for mass murder only.
It’s insane. And it’s gotta be changed.
No matter what the NRA says, Congress must fix our gun laws so it’s not so easy for total nut jobs to buy a gun.
That’s my parting shot for today.