Those MAGA GOP Letters Stand For “Guns Over People!!!” Here Is The Story!!

By Donald A. Collins | 26 April 2023
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Gun control has been a controversial issue in the United States for decades, with passionate advocates on both sides of the debate. The Republican Party has been known for its strong opposition to gun control measures, and the failure of Republican lawmakers to pass any significant gun control legislation over the past two decades has been a source of frustration for many advocates.

There have been several high-profile mass shootings in the United States over the past few years, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, among others. These incidents have led to increased public pressure for lawmakers to take action to address gun violence, but Republican lawmakers have largely resisted such efforts.

One reason for this resistance is the strong influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful lobbying organization that advocates for gun rights and opposes gun control measures. The NRA has a long history of donating to Republican candidates and has been successful in persuading many Republican lawmakers to vote against gun control measures.

Another reason for the failure of Republican lawmakers to pass gun control legislation is their adherence to a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms. Many Republicans believe that any attempt to restrict access to guns is a violation of this fundamental right.

Despite these obstacles, there have been several instances over the past two decades where Republican lawmakers have attempted to pass gun control legislation, only to see their efforts fail. One of the most high-profile of these efforts was the attempt to pass a universal background check bill in 2013.

The bill, which was introduced in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, would have required background checks for all gun purchases, including those made at gun shows and online. The bill had the support of the Obama administration, as well as many gun control advocates, but it faced strong opposition from the NRA and many Republicans in Congress.

Ultimately, the bill failed to pass the Senate, falling six votes short of the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Several Republican senators who had previously expressed support for the bill ended up voting against it, including Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Another significant attempt to pass gun control legislation came in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016. In the wake of the shooting, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured, Democrats in Congress staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on gun control legislation.

The legislation they were calling for included a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as expanded background checks and a provision that would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns. Once again, these measures faced strong opposition from the NRA and many Republicans in Congress.

The sit-in lasted for more than 24 hours, but it ultimately failed to force a vote on the proposed gun control measures. Republicans argued that the sit-in was a publicity stunt and accused the Democrats of violating House rules by disrupting normal proceedings.

More recently, there have been renewed efforts to pass gun control legislation in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings, including the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the 2019 shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. However, these efforts have also been met with resistance from Republican lawmakers and the NRA.

One proposed measure that has received widespread attention is the so-called “red flag” law, which would allow family members and law enforcement officials to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. This measure has been enacted in several states, but there has been little movement on getting it done!!

How many more terrorist attacks before the MAGA GOP decides to put People over Guns?

Adapted from Chat-GPT.

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?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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