Yesterday President Obama called the Senate’s defeat of numerous gun-control bills “shameful.” Is it shameful? Absolutely. Is it logical? You bet. Is it surprising? Not a bit. When it came down to it, the Senate’s decision to do absolutely nothing about gun control has little to do with our right to bear arms, and everything to do with the almighty dollar.
The gun industry uses ideological verbiage to cleverly disguise the real issue at hand: $31.8 billion, the economic impact of guns in 2012. In federal and state taxes, the government was estimated to have made $5.1 billion last year. Do you think if the gun rights groups hadn’t spent $4,212,996 on lobbyists we might have had a shot at preventing further needless deaths? (Gun control groups spent $240,000 in 2012 lobbying politicians.)
I think we need to ask ourselves, what’s more shameful – the government putting money before our safety, or allowing gun rights groups to dictate the gun control dialogue through fear mongering and bullying?