Forum Post: Money and Bribery in Politics is in large part responsible for the Colorado Theater Shooting
Posted 10 months ago on July 24, 2012, 12:23 a.m. EST by Endgame
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We all know corporations and other big money entities and individuals control Washington and our politics unfortunately. This also includes the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby.
Our political system = if you have large sums of money you get to buy and or scare politicians to get what you want. So elected representatives basically become slaves and protectors of the NRA. And of course the NRA are only looking out for the profits of Gun Manufactures they are sworn to protect. Because of this we have come to the point where in spite of all of the gun violence and death in this country from guns we can't even have a common sense discussion about common sense gun control in this country anymore without being automatically being labeled anti gun or anti 2nd Amendment. There is no middle ground anymore with most of the NRA crowd. Even though in reality there is a huge space for middle ground.
I am pro gun. But I feel there is no reason for someone to be able to own automatic/semi automatic/assault rifles/military grade weapons. None. And I think hiding behind the 2nd Amendment in justification of owning these guns are bogus. The Constitution says that we have the right to bare arms. But why do we put that into context when we refer to surface to air missiles,rocket launchers, grenades, etc but we don't for high powered guns? That makes no sense at all.
In 1994 over 80% of Americans were in favor of more gun control. Fast forward to now its only 44%. The gun lobby has bought off many politicians over the years. Because of that we rank extremely high on the amount of gun deaths in this country. Even more than Yemen(terrorist hot bed country). Over 100,000 gun deaths per year in this country(2010 figures). Over 500 young people killed by guns in this country since 2008.
And on top of that it is so easy to buy these guns through loop holes and black markets. No back ground checks necessary. Cheap bullets. And we wonder why so many people are dying...
And to the people that say we shouldn't politicize these shootings. The fact that these people are able to get a hold of these military grade weapons and cheap bullets to kill people happens because of politics. You can't talk about one without the other.
Yes crazy people are always going to have ways of killing other people no matter what. But does it make any sense to make it so easy for those people to kill large amounts of people at once? Usually part of the reason they build up the courage to do these things is because its so easy for them to get the guns to do it.
It always comes down to money and bribery in politics. This is what Occupy should be focused on fixing.