I saw a bumper sticker while driving on I-69 yesterday that said, “NRA, Freedom’s Front Line.” Oh, really now. I would have thought the Constitution or the Bill of Rights were our nation’s front line of freedom. They must have been around bullets too long and got lead poisoning.
What is it about the gun lobby that makes them think they are so important? All I see is a bunch of people who get their shorts in a knot every time someone proposes reasonable gun legislation. They oppose limitations on the size of ammunition magazines. They oppose a waiting period and background checks. They oppose limitations on assault weapons, and on and on and on.
The attitude reflected by this bumper sticker is not one that abides by the rule of law, but instead one that uses intimidation or the threat of force to achieve its political aims. Gosh, where have I heard that one before. Sounds right out of the Bush/Cheney doctrine.
You cannot have freedom and a free society without the rule of law. That includes reasonable and enforceable gun laws. Without the rule of law, society will degrade into anarchy. I doubt that is what the gun lobby wants, but who knows? Their rhetoric is so one-sided and unreasonable anymore that they might actually set into motion the events they so desperately fear.
The gun lobby likes to say that guns do not kill people, people kill people. Well, guess what? Guns do not enforce laws either, people do; brave public servants like police officers, federal agents, judges, district attorneys, etc. The gun lobby cannot use both sides of the argument to make its case, because all that does is make it irrational.