Guns and Funny

January 7, 2016

At the top of my mind today was the immense gratitude I felt for our president. He finally took executive action on a few no-brainer gun safety measures (which lit up the republican presidential candidates like nobody’s business and made for some eyebrow-raisingly absurd displays of hysteria, I must say). It happened yesterday, though it wasn’t until today that I watched his whole announcement. I watched it feeling grateful for his leadership, for his humanity, for the authenticity of his comments and feelings. There is no question in my mind that he speaks from his heart, that he’s moral and that this was action that had to be taken.

For most of us–not just democrats–implementing gun safety regulations is a very modest but necessary step in the right direction… and yet, as we’ve seen over and over, when it comes to the NRA and guns, there ain’t no such thing as sensible regulation. I do get they want their guns. I don’t get an unwillingness to strengthen regulations that will go some distance toward making people safer. They’re looking sillier by the second.

I have no doubt that at some point–not sure when, but hopefully soon (ish)–we will start to see a shift. The majority of people support the simple notion of common sense gun laws and at some point they’re just not going to support legislators who won’t take even modest steps to represent their interests. I don’t know how much longer the NRA will be able to control the conversation (it’s not a conversation).The politics on this are going to change. I suspect legislation will have to come from the right, but it will come. Mostly because for the United States to continue to dig its heels in and not take any action on gun laws is just stupid. Inanely, embarrassingly, dangerously, heartbreakingly stupid.

I think most people know that common sense gun laws do not equate to an infringement on anyone’s right to own a goddamn gun anymore than regulations that require you to drive safely impact your right to own a car. In his speech, Obama had better examples; I think all of his had to do with laws that govern various of our constitutional rights…free speech rights and privacy rights were his examples. There are rules in place and reasonable limits imposed which balance freedom and safety. You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater because your┬áright to free speech does not trump my┬áright to public safety. We all have to be searched before getting on a plane for the same reason. Protecting our safety = important and we accept rules that ensure the common good. Nobody’s suggesting we give up basic freedoms. Sheesh.

I’m lecturing. Sorry.

I KNOW the non-budgers will find themselves on the wrong side of history. I KNOW we will look back on this era and feel ashamed for our country. Morally we (they) will wake up. Eventually we (they) will smarten up. Yesterday was a start. A very teeny, tiny, modest start, but a recognition that unfettered access to guns is not a good strategy. We are smarter than this.

I wish he’d done it a long time ago. But he did it. Finally. And it might just lose the election for any republican who overreacts.

Wait… they ALL did. Shrilly.

Huge money’s going to come pouring in from the NRA. They are going to use their usual arguments, trot out their usual statistics and ignore the fact the US has more deaths by gun than any developed country on earth. We’ll see who wins: the NRA or the people.


Kinda related….

This afternoon, Peter had the car, and parked it in the high school lot (I think) while at baseball practice. When he came out, this was on the window, tucked under a wiper blade…. a reaction, evidently, to our bumper stickers (it sure wasn’t a reaction to our bike rack):


My guess is this guy/gal has a stack of these (it’s a pair of articles, one critical of the liberal, lame-stream media, and one critical–very critical–of Obama’s action and speech yesterday) and drove around town papering cars with progressive bumper stickers.

Knock yourself out.

I think it’s kind of an interesting tactic, though–we all read the articles, after all. I wouldn’t call it a warm invitation to converse and share ideas, however. In fact, I felt mildly creeped out and a bit invaded, so I’m not sure it was productive.

But as Jim said, it was better than being keyed.