Following the tragedy in Newtown, CT, America’s conversation about guns and gun ownership has been pushed to the forefront once more. While the NRA dictates a stance that borders on both delirium and moonshine, others have been discussing new methods in relation to curbing gun violence. As discussed on NPR, Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Laws have already been shown to be both counterproductive and futile (Thanks Grumpygrad!). In addition, Tucson has been implementing a gun buy-back thanks in no small part to their Republican city councilman Steve Kozachik, while lawmakers like Joe Biden are hoping to address and discuss with gun safety advocates about new policies to curb gun violence and its impact on culture (and yes, he’s gonna have to sit down with the NRA). However, as most of you are aware, the NRA ain’t havin’ it. They don’t like the gun buy-back because guns that were purchased from law abiding gun owners will be disposed of. They still stand by the notion that we need more individuals armed with automatic weapons to police our schools. They probably think the big bad fed will take away our guns. It’s a slippery slope indeed when we talk about the Second amendment, and unfortunately, one group usually has a sway over the discussion. Know who? You guessed it, the NRA.
However, someone is thinking of fighting back. Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has launched a PAC (political action committee) called “Americans for Responsible Solutions” that is aiming to beat back the influence that both the NRA and the gun lobby have over American political discourse related to the atrocities involved with the Second amendment. As some of you know, Giffords was a victim and target of the 2011 Tucson Shootings that killed 6 and wounded several others, including herself with a gunshot wound to the head, making her an ideal leader for this group. Furthermore, both her and her husband, Mark Kelly, are gun owners, which should hopefully dispel any ideological ramblings that they’re out to melt your guns. Giffords and Kelly’s main aim is to raise enough money to fight back against the NRA’s efforts, and if that means making war, then that just might be what’s needed. You can read her statement and intentions for starting “Americans for Responsible Solutions” here on USA Today.
Whatever your thoughts are about the Second amendment, gun violence is something that affects all of us. It’s obvious that the NRA has had way too much control over the nation’s discourse concerning gun control, but overall, the big picture tells us that we need to make a more concerted effort to curb gun violence. There are many broad ways we can curb this, whether it’s a change in culture, a change in the way we view our rights, or a change in the way we regulate gun ownership and purchasing at large, but whatever it is we do, we have to have the impetus to do it. Unfortunately for us, Congress usually has the task of doing so, and as Gabrielle Giffords has mentioned, “Congress has done something quite extraordinary — nothing at all.”
You can find Americans for Responsible Solutions here. Until then everyone, good night, and good luck…