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January 11, 2013

Gun Control Meetings

Roy Meachum

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made the lead story in Wednesday’s New York Times. He announced a legislative program to further tighten the state’s already strict firearm laws. This was Mr. Cuomo’s response to the Newtown (CT) massacre.


The governor is obviously sick of the National Rifle Association’s twisted logic: “Guns don’t kill people; people do.” And all that other drivel.


For the answer to the slaughter of 20 five- and six-years-old boys and girls, the NRA proposed maintaining armed guards at all the nation’s schools. “Anything to make greater profits!” – as I wrote in on December 18, 2012.


While individuals bleat about Constitutional rights, the gun lobby is funded and represents firearms manufacturers who reward the legislators with money, lots of it; so much that officials reluctantly talk against the NRA. Those who do are attacked mercilessly, as I expect when writing columns calling for curbing the national ravenous appetite for assault weapons, rifles and handguns – and a brimming persiflage of bullets.


As U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., CA) certainly has: the lobby advertises that she’s a woman that has nothing to with the manly art of firing and owning guns. She was the first female Speaker of the House, and third in line for the presidency. Ms. Pelosi accuses her fellow Democrats of “no longer talking about gun control but refer instead to what she calls gun violence prevention,” according to a story.


Badly wounded and crippled by an assassin who sought to kill her, former Congressman Gabrielle Giffords faces the same sexist prejudice. She was demanded to leave Connecticut when she and Astronaut husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, showed up and sought to comfort parents who had children in the December massacre – oddly enough from another female. State Rep. Debra Lee Hovey ordered Ms. Giffords “get out of my towns” – specifying Newtown and Monroe. The fact that Ms. Hovey bills herself as “Assistant Republican Leader” sums it up: the Arizona former congressman is a Democrat. Furthermore, the firearms manufacturers’ deep pockets are a major factor in the state’s politics.


Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder had Washington meetings this week; the gun control advocates arrived Wednesday, and the NRA and its ilk came in Thursday. The outcomes of the confabs are expected next week – unless someone blabs in the interim.


After all, the 20 children and their teachers were ripped from life 11 days before Christmas – December 14. Coming the week after the holidays are finally over, this flurry of activity comes soon enough. The important matter is that the massacre cannot be forgotten, as Ms. Giffords’ certainly was.


The NRA’s self-serving recommendation could not be made to a civilized nation, as I wrote on December 18:


“Other nations look down on the rash of massacres and incidents smugly; they permit their citizens to work out differences in other ways. They regard America as naïve, a child peddling upstream.


“But by no means ‘civilized.’”


My column on was headlined:


“Not a Civilized Nation.”



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