The NRA which represents a mind set of killing and violence is under attack by the main stream and social media. While for many, guns are just the tools of hunters and law enforcement, for many others it represents the “fix” for their addiction to perpetual fear. They believe that guns are the answer to a government that will take away their rights, or what they will need when the apocalypse comes a knocking, and let us not forget those pesky zombies that will be unearthing themselves any day now.
But the massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has removed the luster of the American gun culture and make no mistake, the NRA, the mouthpiece of the gun toting public will mount a major offensive to protect their rights to keep building their private arsenals.
History has shown us what happens when the glamour of an industry is lost. Remember the Tobacco industry? It was once the darlings of Wall Street as Tobacco companies made hundreds of Billions of Dollars at a cost of the destruction and deaths of millions of people. Every big company in this country was invested in this industry of death along with their employee’s retirement funds. It didn’t matter that the product they produced killed innocent people, they were making money, big money and their ever loyal customers were dumb and happy addicts who could care less about the end result.
Then a new awareness swept over the smoking public along with cash strapped local governments. This powerful combination made the people turn on that industry and sucked away a lot of their profits and addicted customers. While the Tobacco companies were never wiped out, they were brought under some control.
The gun lobby will fight to prevent the same thing from happening to them. The massacre at Sandy Hook has awakened the public. The NRA response was chilling and impersonal. This comes at a time when local governments are looking for new revenues.
The firearms industry produces products that kill a lot of innocent people. Gun owners are addicted to their deadly pacifiers and local governments are beginning to talk about licensing and insuring guns.
In a capitalist society, money talks. The NRA has a lot of money and major financial backers. The industry is powerful and their customers are loyal. The death of innocent people are not as important as protecting their God given right (really?) to possess as many guns as their pocket books will allow them too.
The public is aware and as we saw in the 2012 election, an aware public cannot be very easily bought out, but the NRA is duty bound to try. Blood lust is a powerful addiction and using a gun is all about killing or pretending to kill and nothing more. And the victims are always innocent whether it be a deer or rabbit foraging for food or children sitting in a class room starting to learn about life.
It’s all up to the people now. We now know what happens when assault rifles are used by non-military people. We now see the true nature of the NRA through its leadership response. Only the people can change all of this. The people, when focused, have tremendous power. The people beat back the Supreme Court’s horrid Citizens United decision. The people beat back the flooding of billionaire dollars trying to buy the 2012 election. The people beat back the organized efforts to block the vote in 2012.
The people can win this battle of humanity over weaponry. It will be a tough battle as the opponent is powerful and determined.
The people can win, if we the people stay focused, if we the people keep talking, if we the people keep organizing, if we the people keep demonstrating and if we the people listen and support the voices of reason, our voices, as we are the people.