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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – If Democrats want gun control, they must first concede defeat

Congressional Democrats, ex-presidents, A-list celebrities, and the public can all beat the drum for meaningful gun control, but it’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future. This is a harsh reality gun control advocates must accept. Republicans control the White House and Senate. The National Rifle Association controls the Republicans. During the 2016 election alone, the NRA spent $54 million to ensure that Republicans captured the presidency and Congress. Don’t be fooled by the pundits who say NRA donations to members of Congress are “paltry.” The NRA’s influence does not come primarily from direct contributions. The NRA’s stranglehold comes from campaign ads and other lobbying funneled to lawmakers of their choice — lawmakers who oppose gun control. I considered delaying my retirement from the Department of Justice when given the opportunity to work on the prosecution of the shooting rampage at Los Angeles airport in 2013. I was moved by the idea of being a drop in the bucket that would eventually wash the stain of GOP complacency and replace it with a wave of gun control that would make us all safer. Eventually I realized there was nothing complacent about the Republican effort to kill any reasonable limits on possession and use of guns. It’s all about the money — and the power it brings. When the rot is traced to its roots, its path looks like this: The NRA is a wealthy organization whose existence depends on the unbridled proliferation of guns; Members of Congress have an endless need for money to maintain their political power because they are always preparing for — or actually in — an election cycle. While perspective dictates who is parasite and who is host, the NRA and Congress each have something the other wants.  [full article]

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