When Will The Right To Bear Arms Stop Plaguing The USA? Not Adequately As Long As GOP Blocks Real reform!

By Donald A. Collins | 29 May 2022
Church and State

21 people, including 19 children, were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Only about 5 months until the midterms and the reasons not to give Congress to the GOP keep piling up.

Now with the intense school shooting tragedy in Uvalde, we get another good reason not to cede control of Congress to the GOP. Even without the full power of the National Rifle Association, the faith of many Red States in the right to bear arms has become a religion.

We know the reason the 2nd Amendment became mandatory for the Southern states as part of the Bill of Rights. “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The massive black rebellion in 1811 frightened slave owners even more, as did the earlier news from Haiti’s slave rebellion when France withdrew, and Napoleon sold the Louisiana Purchase to Jefferson in 1803 for $15 million.

The belief in our 2nd Constitutional Amendment prompts an intensity among most GOP Senators which comparable to the religious biases of the Supreme Court Catholics about killing Roe.

Both these arcane and dangerously wrong positions are of course NOT about saving the lives and/or futures of American citizens but instead of inflicting inhuman rules based on false doctrinaires to give power to despots for either political or religious reasons.

How a democratic republic escapes from such ideological cul de sacs is far from clear, but as Blackman and his colleagues fathomed 49 years ago the originalists such as Bork or Scalia or Thomas who dismiss the wise counsel of Thurgood Marshal on the need to keep improving our Constitution as its initial draft including the 2nd Amendment has produced these savage attacks as in no other democratic nation on earth. Last year we had over 100 shooting attacks while the 2nd place country, France had 8.

The American public is far ahead of its elected and appointed officials on both issues of gun control and choice but stymied by money which governs political motivations of our elected leaders.

10 GOP Senators can’t be turned to support reasonable gun control measures, but you can read what their views are in this 5/27/22 NY Times list here.

When President Biden and his wife after as 17-hour flight from an Asian meeting, he made a moving speech for gun control, but the barriers are daunting.

Read here the GOP Senators’ gun lobby’s contributions.

I suggest you bring up this last prompt so you can see their smiling faces! I come away utterly disgusted. Right wing corruption has taken control of our democracy. The gun lobby is just a symptom.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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