Not that we didn’t have it before, but once again, a vote in the U.S. Senate provides us with a list of elected officials who are owned by lobbyists at the National Rifle Association. This is a handy list to have as we enter 2016, a year when Republicans are likely to lose the Senate back to the Democrats. On April 17, 2013, the same thing happened. NRA control is nothing new.
”It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency,” wrote the New York Times this morning in the first front page editorial in 95 years. Surely the folks at the Times know what everyone else does: That if the murder of 20 children at an elementary school at the hands of a nut with a military assault weapon didn’t shift the debate nothing will.
In the Senate this week, a vote of 45-54, which included a Democrat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) voting with Republicans, and a Republican who will be in a close race in a blue state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), voting in favor of the gun restrictions, tells us all we need to know on guns once again.
Not even two terrorists having access to all the guns and ammo in the world shifted many votes. The New York Daily News wrote: “The two had a guerrilla-sized stockpile at home: a staggering 2,000 rounds of 9-mm. bullets and 2,500 rounds of .223-caliber rifle ammunition. Also in the home: 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that could be used to build IEDs or pipe bombs… In what country is it legal to collect enough weaponry to go to war? In ours, thanks to gun laws crafted and protected by lawmakers obedient to the National Rifle Association?”
In what country? The United States of America.