The NRA a year following the Newtown massacre
(KPLR) – In Wednesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at the year since the massacre of children at Newtown.
It’s been a year since a gunman started the day by murdering his brother, and then calmly proceeded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 26 children. The nation was shocked. But not shocked enough to do much about nut cases being allowed to own guns. Since Newtown, 109 new state gun laws have been passed. And 70 of them, loosened gun laws. In Missouri, lawmakers made all records about firearms ownership and permits confidential. Since Newtown, at least 194 children in the United States age 12 and under have been killed by guns.
But none of this makes any difference to the members in the National Rifle Association and their millions of supporters. Instead of being responsible adults, they whine like, well children, saying they have a perfect right to own any kind of firearms without much in the way of regulation at all. Despite all their yakking about responsible gun ownership, these people obviously believe only in the right to own guns, and don’t believe that ownership carries any responsibilities.
This isn’t surprising, since a lot of them live in a fantasy universe. They’re convinced the government is about to seize their guns. They know for a fact that scary people are constantly out to harm them, and they have to be armed. Their unreasoned conspiracy theories and naked fear are so great that nothing, not even dead children, will change their minds. But the pity is, they’re a minority of a minority. Only 34 percent of Americans own guns. And of that, one-third of Americans, an even smaller percentage, maybe only one-fifth, follow the NRA’s hard line.
But that’s still 20 percent of all Americans households. And that’s a lot of people. And they’re the ones to whom the anniversary of the Newtown massacre means nothing, except another chance to declare that their right to own a gun is more important than anything. To 26 families in Newtown, though, the anniversary means something altogether different.
I’m Charles Jaco, and that’s Jacology.