Guns rule

AR-15

AR-15 (Photo credit: subtlemd)

Fear sells
Truth tells
GOP lies
No surprise
NRA says, “Jump”
Congress, “How high?”
FOX lies
Democracy dies
Smoke clears
Victims scream
Survivor tears
AR-15s trump
Will of people
Filibusters must go
Replace Harry Reid
Until then
Guns triumph again.

Walmart and the NRA

Cover of "Wal-Mart Effect"

Cover of Wal-Mart Effect

The Wal-Mart Effect, How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and How It’s Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman. I read this book several years ago, and now as I re-read it, something just jumped out at me as we try to eneact gun safety measures. Walmart does not want us to know how Walmart affects the country–employment, wages, healthcare, and quality of goods and services. And the NRA does not want the government collecting statistics on gun violence. That tells me that both Walmart and the NRA have something to hide, something that they fear the American voter might use  to decide to support restrictions on how both operate.

The NRA March

VIRGINIA 1999 NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION plate

VIRGINIA 1999 NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION plate (Photo credit: woody1778a)

Over hill, over dale,
Over a child’s lunch pail
The NRA go rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout,
Give me liberty or
Give someone else death.
The NRA go rolling along.
AR-15s at the ready
Locked and loaded
High capacity magazines full
The NRA go marching along.
Congressmen and women in the rear
Supporting every NRA position
No measure too extreme
The NRA go marching along.

NRA

English: Houston Gun show at the George R. Bro...

English: Houston Gun show at the George R. Brown Convention Center Español: “Houston Gun Show” en el Centro de Convenciones George R. Brown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The NRA represents the interests of gun manufacturers, not gun owners. What do gun manufacturers want? They want to sell more guns to produce more profits. There are already approximately 300 million guns in private hands in the US. That is more than enough. We should ban the import of more guns and require that all guns manufactured in the US be sold to the Federal government for military use or to the states for use by militias or law enforcement. We could even consider paying gun manufacturers not to produce guns as we pay farmers not to grow crops.

In addition, government at all levels could institute buy-back programs to slowly reduce the number of guns in private hands. Gun owners could still buy and sell their guns to qualified private individuals through gun shows or individually from one seller to one or more buyers. It makes no sense to buy back a few weapons at a time if the market is being flooded with new guns. Current gun owners would see the value of their guns increase as the number of guns in the US gradually declines.

Please see Wayne LaPierre and the NRA

Wayne LaPierre and the NRA

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In yesterday’s “news conference,” Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and chief spokesman for the NRA blamed everyone but gun owners and the NRA for the tragedy in Newtown. I agree with some of what he said, but I disagree with his proposed solution of adding more guns to the mix. We have too many guns already in this country, and more guns will make a bad situation worse.

I read Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist by Richard Feldman several years ago and then gave my copy to a friend. As best I can recall, he called the NRA a well-oiled, money-raising machine. In addition to membership dues, the NRA uses frantic-sounding messages to its members to raise additional cash. Your immediate response is requested or some law will erode your second amendment rights. What struck me at the time was the odd amounts requested: $38.54 or some such rather than the usual round numbers of $25.00 or 50.00 or 100.00. I suppose the odd amounts requested have been tested and found to be more effective. LaPierre is paid about $1,000,000 per year.