It’s no coincidence that the same people who refused to protect their disabled fellow human beings in 2012, by voting “no” on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are the same people who refuse to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and are the exact same group of people who protect the powerful NRA and refuse to even speak about changing our violent, gun-crazy society.
Among their ranks are bigots, hypocrites and greedy gun lobbyists who believe that the right to own a military-style assault rifle trumps the rights of children to grow up safe, or for any of us to feel safe in public places.
These are the exact same people who demonize teachers, firefighters, police and all public employees, insisting that they earn too much.
These are the same people who demean the Office of the President of the United States by their unreasonable hatred of President Obama and their unified obstruction of America’s progress, including revising the Second Amendment, written by men who could never have envisioned the death toll of one assault weapon.
Many of the same characters are also gun lovers who regulate the type and amount of ammunition that can be used to shoot ducks but have no such rules pertaining to the shooting of people. In January, some gun nuts had fun heckling the father of one of the tiny victims of Newtown, as he held a photo of his son during an interview when he condemned the use of assault weapons.
The same party that believes that caring about your community is “communism” believes that the answer to gun violence is more gun violence.
It’s not a coincidence; it’s a value system and an ideology. It’s an ideology that threatens to change the values and principles of the American people. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, I hope and pray that doesn’t happen.