I’ve mentioned this elsewhere on related threads, but I think it is important enough as a stand alone point that I want to make clear and know progressives are with me on.
We have an obligation to stop being delicate, and sensitive, and look for compromise. Democrats love governing and that is always our first priority and in doing so we lose a lot of ground to those forces that are against rational government. The NRA is one of those forces.
I want progressives, maybe with the help of pro-gun control centrists and independents like Bloomberg, to organize and go after the gun lobby and BURY IT. Let us stop calling mass shooters loners, psychopaths, or criminals. They are not Mike Myers from Halloween or Jason or Freddy. They are not criminals like Al Capone. They are terrorists like Osama bin Laden and its time we start calling them that. Maybe the media will follow. Anyone who kills a large number of civilians on purpose is doing so to inspire terror. My fiancees little sister, a senior in high school, is terrified to go to school. How many other children younger than her must now face that same worry?
The terrorism analogy is exactly apt and will help the average voter wrap their heads around this question. Why is it easier to buy a gun than it is to get sudafed at a pharmacy? Why is it easier to buy a gun than it is to get a license? Why is it easier for a former felon to get a gun than it is for him to vote? Why is it against the law for me to bring oversized shampoo on a plane but in 38 states I can carry a gun on me at all times? These are the questions we have to ask. Lets approach Sandy Hook as the latest in a string of mass casualty events that are as bad as 9/11 and let us call those responsible terrorists and call those forces like the NRA that are against government action the terrorist enablers that they are.
It sucked to be an anti-war progressive when Dubya said you are with us or with the terrorists, but you know what, it worked as at tactic. Let us use the same tactic-you are either with the majority of Americans on sensible gun control or you are with the terrorists. Thats the way Im framing it going forward and everyone who wants better gun control should follow suit.