The Middlecratic approach to gun control…Extremists need not apply…

 

                           The United states has undergone some dramatic changes in the last 250 years. The 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms, is a cherished and necessary protection entrusted to honorable Americans. A reasoned and thoughtful approach to laws and policies that balance individual rights against the best interests of society must be adopted to be germane to the current world we now  live in. Recently, a well known and occasionally well-regarded  right wing publication ran headlines portraying President Obama as a Nazi in his zeal to deny the gun enthusiasts their unfettered right to bear arms and armies. This type of cheap, tawdry rhetoric is the last thing this country needs at this point in our evolution.

              We are all aware of the horrendous gun violence that has befallen schools and cities all  across America over the last days, months and  years. It’s quite unlikely 250 years ago the framers of the constitution had any inkling how the world has changed. Impressionable youth and adults are now bombarded with a steady stream of gun violence via movies, the Internet and yes..in playgrounds and even around the dinner table. This is an issue that’s front and center to the dysfunctionality  that has become the American political system. Big corporations teamed up with extremists viewpoints have stymied any real attempt to adopt sane new gun protections for Americans.

     Sensible gun laws have been unable to become the law of the land. We have an explosion of concealed carry laws, unrestricted guns sales with no or limited background checks. We have legal weapons that can fire 10 and 20 bullets before even the most adept defensive methods could possibly be deployed. We have pharmaceutical companies loading up Americans with poisons pills, paxil  and Prozac…anti-psychotics…all to turn a bigger and better profits for the drug pushing whores  like Merck and friends . American needs a middle-of the-road common sense political party to make sure sensible policies are in places… not policies endorsed by gun companies, lobbyists ,secessionists and those with extreme views. All law abiding , adult Americans should have the right to bear arms for personal protection or legitimate hunting. It doesn’t take an assault weapon to put down Bambi…and we don’t need to continue to allow mentally ill people to access firearms through unregulated “gun shows” The extreme right screams about state rights, but when forward thinking, densely populated states like New York and Illinois went more restrictive gun laws the extremists cry foul.

    The rise of the tea party will soon give way to the demise of the Republican party as we know it. The Grover Norquist’s of the world have seen their best days wane. What will take it’s place is critical to the future  sanity in America. All thoughtful Americans, moderately right of center, centrist, Independent and those reasonably left of center need to get together and regain control of our wobbly political process. The radical middle is beginning to roar..and neither Republicans or Democrats are willing or able to lead us out  of this quagmire. A new political force, dominated by common sense and modern thinking, must replace extremism and big business as the leaders of our society. This all can be done..more easily than one might imagine. The power lies right here, in the Internet ..the framers of the constitution could not have imagined …how both the right to bear arms…and American right to seize control of the political process , would manifest itself via the twitter-book  revolution!

 





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