Our View: It’s been said on hpe.com

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 03:30 AM

From Tina Dupuy, Jan. 26, “A sea change in firearms debate”: And this is how we’ve viewed the death grip of the NRA on our politics. “Members of Congress have ranked the NRA as the most powerful lobbying organization in the country several years in a row,” brags the NRA’s Wikipedia page citing a 1999 Fortune article. And because whatever gets repeated enough in the Beltway becomes common wisdom: You can’t do anything about the flood of guns on our streets because the NRA is the most powerful lobby in America — ever! ...
In response:
• gunner: Talk about demonization. The reason that the majority of what the NRA says resonates so well with the public is that every so often that same public sees through the political BS that is sprayed our way to fertilize the liberal garden.
What we also see is a constant pressure to move the whole country inexorably to the left, growing government and shrinking the individual’s influence, at least the ones not dependent on the power of its leaders.
What we see is a group of “leaders” who will demand the disarming of legal and safe gun owners while simultaneously doing all in their power to enable the fair and humane and forgiving treatment of various abusers of our society as they victimize a public who needs to be made easier prey.
What we see is a constitutional scholar as president who while knowing the subject well, has no respect for the document or the truth behind why it was written to start with, leading the charge to “change” what less and less is the greatest nation of laws and liberty on earth.
What we see is a country who is told that illegal violence with a gun is “special” and worse than any other type, needing said tool removed from a public too stupid to be trusted with it, while the incidents of various bludgeons and edged weapons and, yes, even cars driven by those under the influence of either drugs, alcohol or a lack of respect to the world at large result in far more injury and loss of life, yet are somehow a little more acceptable.
What we realize, in the end, is that all of the chest beating and tears by those inclined to neuter us, while oft heartfelt, is also usually misaimed as not the real target at all, but a general desire to homogenize a public to the desired consistency.
Attack violence and we will help. Prosecute abusers of society and we will applaud. Place blame in blame’s place and our support is guaranteed. Diversion, we realize, is the way and nature of politics these days, but every so often the majority is not quite so easily misled.
That is not from the power of the NRA, or any other group, but from what remains of our American brand of plebeian common sense.