Another mass shooting.
And this is not going to be a popular thread……
So before anyone wants to post some knee jerk reaction this title please just read what I have to say.
So I have often said that the reason that Trump does what he does is because his base of support do not challenge him. If every time he says or tweets
something stupid and his base of support rush to defend him he will keep doing it, even to the detriment of the nation. This is because there are two
extremes, his opposition are pretty unlikely to support him no matter what and he knows this, trying to appease them is pretty pointless yet his
supporters it seems will defend him no matter what. By extension then so long as Trump supporters continue to defend him they too are also partly to
blame for the mess he is slowly creating.
This however is not another Trump thread.
I realised yesterday that this line of thinking applies to more than just trump supports and partisan politics. It could apply to political issues,
second amendment advocacy for example.
The biggest obstacle to introducing gun control policies in America is a lack of political will and the force behind the big lobbies. If Trump and the
Republicans were to turn around today and announce they were going introduce British or Australian gun laws it would be political suicide. The NRA has
something like 5 million members (some estimate up to 14 million) so right away they have lost 5 million votes. That alone could be enough to have a
huge impact in swing states however we know that there are many millions more in America who would also strongly oppose any such changes to gun laws.
It would be political suicide so no politician is going to want to do it because doing so would be to sacrifice the power that comes with political
office. Some would probably even take to actual violence in opposition to any changes in the law.
Let me say that I think its sickening that the politicians refuse to act out of this fear, they fear losing the support of the gun lobbies and they
fear losing the votes that will see them maintain their position of power.
Yet if the people who are such strong advocates of gun rights were to revolt, if they were to say enough is enough and in enough numbers and demand
sweeping changes to gun laws to try to stop all these senseless killings then things would change. It would give the politicians the political will to
stand up to the gun lobbies and pass laws that would be the start of adopting more sensible gun laws.
The big problem then lies with those who refuse to challenge these gun laws for selfish reasons. After every mass shooting there is a plethora of
individuals who rush to defend their guns and deflect away with other arguments about cars, knifes, mental illness and that I am British…..
The truth is that every time you defend your right to own a gun you are defending the rights of the shooter as well and as such I believe you have
blood on your hands. So long as you continue to defend your precious second amendment you are defending the ability for these men to walk into a
church or school and kill indiscriminately. If you would change your thinking, admit this is wrong and pressure your politicians to act to bring about
stronger gun regulation and kick out the gun lobbies it would happen.
You have the power you just refuse to use it.
It coms down to that old quote
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”
That is what is happening right now you are all sitting back doing nothing, preventing change and the result is a mass shooting almost every day.
You second amendment advocates have blood on your hands.
edit on 6-11-2017 by OtherSideOfTheCoin because: (no reason given)