6-22: Aloof Leaders Disgrace Democracy

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were personal pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

This from CNN:

Poll: Gun control support spikes after shooting

Washington (CNN) Support for tighter gun control laws increased 9 percentage points after the Orlando terror attack, and support for background checks and other measures being debated in the Senate hovered around 90%, according to CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

Public support for greater gun control laws always “spikes” after a mass shooting. When that happens, politicians crawl into their NRA provided caves and hide for a while, at least until the tears dry on the cheeks of family and friends of the fallen.

… Support for specific gun control measures was very strong, with 92% saying they wanted expanded background checks, 87% supporting a ban for felons or people with mental health problems and 85% saying they would ban people on federal watch lists from buying guns.
Is this not the very definition of a mandate? Term limits is my answer. If members of Congress knew they were on their way out, no matter how they voted, they would be free to vote their conscience. As it stands, most of them vote with an eye toward their next election. The system is corrupt.
Among Republicans … 90% say they favor preventing people on the terror watch list or “no fly” list from buying a gun. That number is at 85% for Democrats.
No brainer! But … Versions of those proposals were taken up in the Senate Monday evening … wait for it … All were shot down. The system is broken.
I blame politicians for getting the country into and than staying far too long in wars we should not be fighting. A consequence of those decisions for too many of our soldiers is PTSD. But not only soldiers suffer from traumatic stress. Surely, the 53 wounded in Orlando will suffer mentally and emotionally long after their physical wounds heal, if they ever do. Family and friends will suffer. First responders will suffer. Yet Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, has the nerve to say that Democrats are trying to turn the (Orlando) massacre into something or other about ISIS. That gun control is not the appropriate topic to be discussing at this time. Yes, he thinks we are fools.
It has been public knowledge for a long time that the majority of NRA members support stricter controls on gun licensing, particularly the enforcement of background checks before a purchase is finalized. So what we have here is NRA leadership (who are controlled by gun manufacturers) ignoring the overwhelming wishes of their membership and congressional leadership (in the Senate and the House of Representatives) ignoring the overwhelming wishes of their constituencies.
Citizens would not support this kind of non-leadership from the PTA, why accept it from perpetually fund raising political hacks? Yes, let’s keep America great. Elect leaders instead of lackeys.

2 thoughts on “6-22: Aloof Leaders Disgrace Democracy”

  1. This blog post is excellent, probably because of how well the subject was developed. I like some of the comments too though I could prefer we all stay on the subject in order add value to the subject!

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