America Moving Forward

The American people have chosen to reelect Obama. They have chosen to reelect someone who voiced support support for the assault weapons ban. They did not choose to elect the candidate who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.  Data from the General Social Survey indicates that America is losing about one million gun owners every three years. The courts have upheld most gun laws when they’ve been challenged by pro-gun extremists in recent years. Diversity among voters is increasing. White, middle-aged males have traditionally been the portion of the population most opposed to strict regulation of firearms. African Americans and Latinos are playing a bigger role in elections.  America is moving forward. Progress, however, still needs to be made in many areas. Politicians need to develop the moral courage to stand up to the gun lobby and do what is best for those who elected them. Loopholes that allow criminals to easily obtain access to firearms need to be closed. The private sale loophole allows criminals to easily buy guns online or at gun shows without passing a background check. Such a loophole makes about as much sense as allowing people to buy prescription drugs outside of pharmacies without a prescription.  High capacity magazines should be restricted. Jared Lee Loughner opened fire outside of a Safeway supermarket in Tuscon, Arizona where a member of Congress was meeting with her constituents. He was stopped when he had emptied his thirty round magazine and was attempting to reload. If he had had only a ten round magazine there likely would have been a lot less victims. Loughner had an arrest record and a history of mental illness and drug abuse. He should have never been allowed to buy a gun in the first place.  Current gun laws need to be better enforced. The National Rifle Association has a history of lobbying Congress to decrease funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The NRA gives lip service to the idea of enforcing the law while making it harder for law enforcement to do their job.