In disputes over public policy, particularly those that arouse controversy and passion, the competing camps frequently invoke the need to identify “common ground,” a place where both parties can come together and reason through their differences. It often succeeds if all involved embrace compromise, easing some of their demands while accepting some of those of their opponents. When the issue is gun control, though, it is time to concede that “common ground” doesn’t exist. The purists have controlled the debate, producing a paralysis in government during which outrage fades — at least until the next mass shooting at a school, workplace, shopping mall, nightclub or public gathering spot. While the debate over greater regulation of firearms purchases and ownership often starts on a hopeful note in the aftermath of a tragedy, stalemate develops quickly and inevitably concludes without action. The opposing forces are entrenched in their positions and refuse to budge in any meaningful fashion. The National Rifle Association, the leading gun rights advocacy group, mobilizes its considerable lobbying influence in Congress, warning that its financial and organizational clout will be turned against those who support additional restrictions or any measure which it considers an intrusion on individual rights to gun ownership. Supporters of gun control proposals cannot compete with the NRA and have failed time and again to secure approval for any measures of consequence to prevent firearms from reaching the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. [full article]
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Bob Rogers is the Editor and Publisher of GunPro Plus, America’s premier daily digital gun news portal. After a successful 20-year career as the Editor for a major magazine in the gun industry, Bob launched GunPro Plus to bring his industry expertise on gun news into the digital realm.
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