Let me preface this by stating that until Friday, the libertarian streak in me was against strict gun regulation. On Friday, it has become obvious my thinking was flawed and that the bar we have set is too low. Just like every other industry peddling with dangerous substances or objects is subject to strict regulations, the gun industry should be too. A step in the right direction is the assault weapons ban. Imagine if Lanza had to reload every few shots — the carnage would have been significantly less.
However, according to Mother Jones, all three of our senators are quiet on the assault weapons ban.
This is unacceptable, considering that the vast majority of the Massachusetts electorate supports an assault weapons ban, not to mention the actual voters who elected her over Senator Scott Brown.
And if outgoing Senator Scott Brown is a real independent he tries to portray himself, and wants to have a shot a re-election, he would support this ban.
Senator John Kerry may be calculating in order to get appointed to his new position, and being deliberately quiet. Let’s note that inaction is taking sides. There is no “neutral”. Either you support the ban or not. To support the ban you need to vote for it. Let’s not allow Kerry to choose the side that his constituents, and the majority of the country, are not supporting.
I call on the BMG community to step up and send a clear message via social media and any other means (letters? calls?) you deem effective.
The opportunity for change is now. Let’s use it.