Skip to main content

Victory for the NRA, the GOP and gun manufacturers

Oh, when will the Americans wake up to themselves?     In the wake of the Orlando massacre last week - the latest in a string of killings using assault weapons - yet again the US Senate has failed to pass legislation which provides at least some limitation on gaining access to guns.     Pathetic!

"It was another great day for mass murderers – and a fine display of the self-serving hypocrisy of American politicians who mouth words of concern, but consistently refuse to act to curb gun violence.

The timing was exquisite – just hours before the US Senate revealed itself to be a pathetic instrument of a gun lobby untroubled by this country's extraordinary rate of mass killings, lawyers for weapons manufacturers told a Connecticut Court that, ahem, attempts to regulate firearms should be left to the legislature.


A divided US Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting.


The lobby's core creed, that there should be no regulation of weapons ownership, drove the proceedings in each forum."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Whatever democracy the Palestinians had is dying

Almost a desperate cry from a well-known, respected and sober moderate Palestinian.

Mustafa Barghouthi is secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He was a candidate for the Palestinian presidency in 2005.

He writes in a piece "The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy" on FP:

"Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity" between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and the government in the West Bank.

The cancellation of this election was an unjustified, unlawful, and unacceptable act. It damages democratic rights and makes a mockery of the interests of the Palestinian people.

But this is far more than an internal Palestinian issue. The only lasting peace between Isr…

Big Brother alive and well in the USA in 2007

The so-called "war on terror" has shown itself up in a multitude of manifestations. The most dangerous thing has been governments using the "excuse" of the war to restrict certain civil liberties, allowing government agencies to pursue a variety of things that they would otherwise would not - and should not - be allowed to do and gathering, and retaining, a variety of information on its citizens.

The Washington Post reports on the latest incursions into civil liberties of all Americans:

"The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.

The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as lo…