|Apr 11, 2013 - Issue 512
From the time the tragic school massacre occurred that
killed 20 young children (and their teachers) on December 14th, 2012, the
national debate shifted to what could be done. For the past three and a half
months, all we heard from Congress, the pundits and the media was that, “It was
time!!!” Time for what? Time to do
something about the proliferation of guns in our society, particularly, assault
weapons. The NRA came out with the most outrageous statement we had ever
heard, in the aftermath of
Now we have to have another national debate.
And we have…for nearly four months. Congress came back, two
days after the Inauguration, full of “piss and vinegar,” vowing to do the right
thing. California U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, rolled out
a comprehensive gun reform bill, comprehensive
being the operative term.
Comprehensive, in this instance, means inclusive of an assault weapons ban that was allowed to expire in 2004. Suddenly, the Feinstein bill was considered “dead on arrival.” Why? Because it included an assault weapons ban. What??? Yeah, you heard it right. The very thing that caused the national outrage was written out of the legislation, first. Now the public is even debating the size of gun magazines. Banning high capacity magazines that shoot over 15 rounds sounds reasonable, right? Well, it’s now the sticking point of the current pending legislation.
The outrage is gone.
Or is it? The gun lobby plays to the nation’s fear of government, of the
current President (Negrophobia) and our love of liberty to convolute the issue.
So what we know is not good for us, the nation is prepared to tolerate a little
longer…until the next time.
In December, 54% of Americans polled said they were in favor of comprehensive gun
reform. One Hundred days later, it’s down to 46%. Now Congress is having a problem
passing a watered down bill that just expands background checks. And the
President has to focus his attention on the issue to keep gun control reform on
the legislative agenda. As we say in the community, “This is some bull…” The American
people deserve more than this.
The problem is that most Congress members are pollwatchers. When polls favored gun control, they favored
gun control. Now that the polls are slipping, suddenly Congress is slipping. In
fact, Congress is doing a total moonwalk… they look like they’re stepping
forward on the issue but they’re actually moving backwards. It’s the politics
of illusion that have created a delusion.
The nation is clearly delusional if they believe this is
simply a background check problem. Criminals and other gun enthusiasts can get
guns without background checks, or with background
checks. We didn’t get alarmed at
It sends the wrong signals to our society as to what is
important in our society. Education is not important. Literacy is not
important. Unrestricted gun ownership is important. Defending your gun rights
has twisted this nation’s priorities beyond reason…and the youth know it. Kids
on the streets may not know where the local library or bookstore is but they
know where they can get a gun…any kind of gun they want. Including
There are 350 million guns in circulation in
Search the internet and be prepared to be shocked. I’m not
going to say it here, but it’s central to
We can regulate drugs in our society, and determine which
ones can be sold “over the counter” and which ones need a prescription…because
they’re too dangerous for self medication. But we can’t do the same for guns?
The moonwalking our society is
doing on gun reform is unjust, irrational and unethical.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum and author of REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics In 21st Century Popular Culture and Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom. His Website is AnthonySamad.com. Twitter @dranthonysamad. Click here to contact Dr. Samad.