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I have said that politics is a game many times, and that is a true statement. While elected officials are needed in order to run and govern the systems, politics is still played like a game. The one thing that I have always found incredibly interesting is when a politician does one thing but then says the opposite. It’s almost like talking out of both sides of your mouth. One example of this is when conservative right-wing Republicans say how bad it is to be a homosexual, and then you find out that they themselves are sleeping with someone of the same sex.
There are approximately 276 congressmen (and women) who have accepted money from the National Rifle Association (NRA). I said that politicians often say one thing and then do another. In this case, it’s more subtle. Maybe it’s not subtle at all. These politicians have accepted money from the NRA as campaign contributions, but what they haven’t done is asked Congress for any kind of gun control. Maybe that’s not speaking out of both sides of your mouth, but it’s in the same realm. It’s not taking a stand on a very important issue. Or maybe it is taking a stand? Maybe taking the money and being quiet about gun control sends a louder message than if they were to stand up and oppose it publicly.
Gun control is not a popular subject. The argument against gun control is that it’s not the guns that are killing people, but it’s the people that are doing it to other people. While I don’t agree with that argument, there are truths in the statement. However, the bigger truth is that those individuals were able to get guns rather easy. Mental illness is a horrible thing to live with. (I say horrible because of the amount of pain and suffering an individual has to endure.) But in no instance is it ok to buy a gun and harm yourself and others.
Why is this coming up now? Of course, a big reason this is being brought to light is because of the tragic (and preventable) shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida last week. But also because two gun control groups have spent $230,000 on a massive New York Times advertisement listing the names and telephone numbers of these members of Congress. The two-page ad, paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, details how much money each Congress member is alleged to have received from the NRA during their career. The list appears beside a photo of students leaving Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last week’s shooting, with the words of 17-year-old survivor David Hogg: “We are the children. You guys are the adults … Get something done.”
Why does an organization or group have to take out an advertisement in the New York Times before people realize how much money is being spent by the NRA to protect their cause? There have been three incredibly horrific shootings within the last year, and we still continue to argue about gun control. Unfortunately, right now there is a lot of Republicans in Congress, so there’s a good chance that nothing will happen. Especially since it’s a lot of those Republicans who are taking money from the NRA. Usually, I’d write a counter-argument, giving them the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t think that’s appropriate today. Today, they need to be called out, and that is what I hope to accomplish.