Guns are not toys. I do not think the vast majority of Americans understand this. Because it’s a “right,” they don’t approach guns with the deference and respect that they deserve as a weapon.
No where is this more obvious than America’s Gun lobby. The gun lobby is perhaps one of the most irresponsible entities in American history, and for proof, you don’t have to look any further than Florida, where last week, the chief lobbyist of the Florida NRA went off on a group of college campus police chiefs in a letter, identifying them by name.
In doing so, the NRA has made these police chiefs targets for gun extremists. It’s a painfully obvious bullying tactic to get their way: guns on college campuses across the state.
First, some background. According to Gawker, the gun lobby has made the push to get guns on campuses across Florida and Texas, despite common sense declaring otherwise:
Right now, the odds are starting to stack up in their favor. The Texas bill has passed the Senate and is on its way to House. The version in Florida has passed through two Senate committees and is headed to the Judiciary Committee.
Should the bills make it through their respective legislatures, both would end up on the desks of Republican governors who are sympathetic to the gun lobby.
Should these get passed, the schools will end up having to put costly new security measures in place, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in Texas alone.
Well, campus police chiefs have spoken out against the laws recently. As a result, the NRA has sicced its attack dogs on them, naming the police chiefs in a recent NRA letter and, in the process, making them targets for gun extremists across the country.
“I’m writing to express my support in the face of the NRA’s open bullying. I appreciate your outspoken advocacy against legislation that would force guns onto Florida campuses and put all students and communities in danger. Thank you for standing strong against extremist pressure from the gun lobby, and standing up for policies that will keep guns off of Florida college and university campuses and save lives.”
It’s hard for gun nuts to imagine, but you actually save lives by reducing the number of guns. While gun-nuts love to point to Chicago as an example of what happens with gun control, a better example of gun control in action is Hawaii.
After all Hawaii doesn’t have to deal with Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and other gun-nut states bordering it.