Thus Mike Barnicle, journalist and political commentator appearing today on Morning Joe, explains why, after decades of carnage, Congress refuses to enact sensible gun legislation that would reduce the easy access to guns.
Thus 17 people, mostly teen-agers, alive yesterday, lie dead today after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The sick nature of our politics is nowhere more apparent than in the devastating failure of Congress to pass legislation that will reduce the routine slaughter of the innocent. The road to the D.C. swamp is squishy with wads of greenbacks, and using the ruse of political action committees (PACs), wealthy donors, whether individuals or groups, have virtually no legal limits on the amount of money they can give to support the candidate of their choice.
Thus the National Rifle Association (NRA), a shill for the gun manufacturers, pours millions into PACs to help elect legislators who are only too willing to risk the lives of others in return for their spots in our legislative chambers.
In nine months, we’ll have another general election. All the representatives and about a third of senators will be up for re-election. There are undoubtedly some in those groups who support sensible gun legislation. But support isn’t enough. Perhaps for this current cycle, we should all become single-issue voters. Overwhelming numbers of us support some form of stricter gun control. It’s time we band together to vote for candidates who will do the right thing, regardless of party.
Children lose their lives because the legislators their parents and grandparents expect to protect them value their own careers above the lives of our children. There is no greater depravity.