During the Democratic debate, Bernie Saunders showed why the NRA continues to win. But some notes on elections. First, to state the obvious, most voters take into account a number of factors in choosing which candidate to support, weighing and balancing different positions.
Imagine what Congress would look like if voters could realistically vote for not just Republicans and Democrats, but also the Tea Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, or the Socialist Party.
Remember the NRA's favorite slogan? The one that goes, "Gun don't kill people, people kill people?" Well a jury in Milwaukee decided that it was the gun, in this case a gun sold to one jerk who actually bought it for another jerk who then pulled it out and shot two Milwaukee cops back in 2009.
The problem is that while Americans continue to talk about preventing mass shootings and gun deaths, the solution coming from gun advocates is to do nothing.
We don't understand why a presidential contender like Senator Bernie Sanders voted in favor of a law called the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which gun lobbyists wrote to prevent people like us from holding gun dealers accountable in court.
Democrats controlled the House of Representatives after the 2014 election with a chance to do something about the state's biggest problems. But the economy still lags, wages remain stagnant, heroin is everywhere and we have a serious problem of domestic violence and guns.
The United States Constitution needs to be seen as a guideline for decision-making, not a restrictive 18th century template that prevents all government action forevermore.
Here's one thing we know about school shooters; they don't seem to like school. Even the young men who shoot up movie theaters, Army bases, and workplaces don't seem to like school. So perhaps schools are where we really can do something.
Ben Carson argues that without Nazi gun control, there would have been a chance that the Holocaust could have been prevented. I believe that the millions of dead American and Soviet soldiers who fought bravely against the Nazi war machine would see the absurdity of this discussion.
Psychologists today understand that when individuals act against their own better interests, unconscious processes in the form of a complex are most likely at work. These same unconscious processes can also operate in a nation's psyche.
Guns and mental illness are merely attributes of these shootings, they are not the reason why numerous kids are killing people. It is time we stopped fooling ourselves and started asking why our youth are so disaffected that they're lashing out, murderously, at the world we've given them.
The NRA is doing all it can to make it easier for practically anyone to get anything from a revolver to a high-capacity, semi-automatic weapon without having to suffer the indignity of a background check.
Opponents of gun control are also often single-issue voters; they decide who to vote for based solely on a candidate's position on guns. Support for gun control, by contrast, has been broad but not deep.
Videos of police brutality have galvanized astonishingly productive action in the space of less than a year. We can hope that the legislation from New York will serve as a model everywhere. Absent gruesome live video, is there anything that can prevent the NRA from grinding its boot-heel against our necks?
If none of the Republicans were swayed after Sandy Hook, what are the chances now? The only way they'd vote for gun control would be if corporations were getting shot because those are the only "people" they really care about.
Almost three years have gone by since the horrific Newtown, CT shootings, and here we are again: Ten dead, and 20 injured in Oregon. Yes, there have been school shootings in between (approximately one per week), but the similarities between Chris Harper Mercer, Elliot Rodger in 2014, and Adam Lanza, revolve around suspected autism spectrum conditions.