Posts Tagged ‘NRA’
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
In our decades-long fight at WBI to enact simple, common-sense legislation to require employers to take seriously health-harming abusive mistreatment of employees by employees, we are accustomed to disappointment with lawmakers who reflexively agree with business lobbyists’ arguments that a law like the Healthy Workplace Bill is unnecessary. We get exasperated at contemporary lawmakers who shirk their responsibility to protect public safety.
Nowhere is this negligence and abdication of responsibility more apparent than the failure to pass even modest regulations of guns in America. Lawmakers are cowed by the powerful gun lobby. Approval for background checks for new gun buyers at gun shows is high among public respondents completing polls as well as among gun owners.
In the aftermath of the frequent mass murders (more than four killed as per the FBI definition) by gun, there is a call for state or federal laws to restrain unbridled gun sales. Family survivors of the gunshot victims make emotional pleas in the media and testify before hastily called legislative committees with few new laws to show for it.
The most disgraceful episode of legislative dereliction followed the Jan. 13, 2013 slaying of 20 young school children and six adult staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Rational people felt that FINALLY, the NRA argument would not sway members of Congress, but it did. No legislation followed (though the State did pass some new laws). The President held a press conference in the aftermath of that embarrassing defeat of proposed legislation to call for background checks. He found the failure inexcusable, incredulous.
This week, in the evening of the day that another 10 people died on a school campus, the President repeated his thinly veiled disgust that America stands alone among industrialized nations with so many massacres by gun, so common as to be routine. He called out opponents of “common sense” regulation of gun ownership as not being believable any more. He spoke frankly, not delicately. He also inoculated the public to the NRA counterarguments to come by stating them as part of his message — that he would be criticized as making the tragedy political, that there would be diversions to problems with mental illness, and a call for more guns by the NRA.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
On Jan. 16 Pres. Obama adopted the NRA suggestion that public schools be fortified by police. Already, a third of schools have SROs (School Resource Officers), cops whose beat is the school. The reason is to ostensibly make schools “safer.” Will it be more cops at any price for strained cities and police departments?
Here we go again America. An outrageously disproportionate solution for a problem so rare as to be nearly non-existent, albeit headline grabbing. Meanwhile, on a daily basis, students are exposed to psychological violence from peers and they witness their teachers being victimized by abusive administrators or more senior teachers. They see and emulate the witnessed adult bullying on a regular basis. Anything being done? Nope. The excuse is that there’s no money.
Mysteriously though there will be funds for putting cops in schools, denying coverage of the very cities that hire them. Of course, in urban schools in America street violence long ago walked right in. [Watch season 4 of David Simon’s brilliant HBO series The Wire for a realistic portrayal of life in underfunded, overtested, and ignored inner city schools.]
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
We Americans have much to learn from experiences in other countries. It doesn’t have to be “the way it is” forever.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
It’s incredibly important for everyone to watch their chosen words in light of the tragic shooting of a U.S. Congresswoman. I will try to do so. The myopic mass media begrudgingly acknowledge that words do have consequences. However, they accept no responsibility for demanding that the only information worthy of precious TV air time is to focus on a fight between adversaries.