Stop Handgun Violence unveils a 252 feet by 20 feet billboard above the Massachusetts Turnpike on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The co-founder of the Newton-based group, John Rosenthal, owns the billboard and has been using it to post eye-catching gun-control messages since 1995.
[…] the post-shooting uptick in sales is not just a result of scared civilians taking up arms. This spike is fueled by the National Rifle Association and gun industry merchants who — through misinformation and clever public relations — convince gun owners to buy increasingly powerful weapons before, as they say, Democrats enact gun bans and confiscate all the firearms.
Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
History has shown us that in the aftermath of a mass shooting, calls for common sense and responsible changes in national gun laws fall on deaf ears in Congress and are routinely met by a strong conservative backlash supported and funded by the NRA. The group encourages people to be prepared to violently defend their constitutional right against illusory threats from law enforcement, or “jack-booted government thugs” in the words of NRA executive director Wayne Lapierre.
And the greater the public fear – the bigger the gun sales. No matter what they say to the contrary, the gun industry reaps major financial benefits from daily gun violence and more high-profile mass shootings.
Here’s an astounding fact about the grip the NRA has on Congress…
With close to $80 million in political spending since 1990 (including nearly $40 million in donations from the gun industry alone), the NRA has such a strong grip on Congress that they’ve even successfully blocked gun safety regulations by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. How an agency that oversees every consumer product — from toy guns to teddy bears — is prohibited by Congress from regulating real firearms is beyond me. But that’s a topic for another day.
Gun advocates won’t read this or acknowledge the damage done daily to innocent lives..
The exceptional treatment granted to the gun industry as a result of its political contributions, influence and intimidation has perpetuated a deadly — if profitable — cycle of gun violence. Just as assault weapons have immense stopping power, so does your vote. With 150 Americans shot and 83 killed every day by firearms, our elected officials need to be called to account.
Sad… I don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I don’t like them, but I have friends that do. But to be blindly herded into believing the rhetoric from the NRA, over the thought that Democrats in office will take their guns away… Come on. It isn’t going to happen. What we can do is agree to ban assault weapons. No one hunts game with assault weapons. They have no place in our society.