Gun Violence: It’s Not Just the NRA Or Presidential Leadership — It’s Us

Source: Clarence B. Jones / The Huffington Post

Every time a horrific national tragedy occurs involving the killing of school children or adults by the use of guns, the National Rifle Association immediately becomes the national whipping boy and the source for causation blame. Repeated finger pointing of responsibility at the NRA for its fierce defense of individual gun ownership relieves others in our country from their own responsibility for participating in, or enabling, the promotion of gun ownership and use in our society.

A 20-year-old man wearing black combat gear and armed with at least two handguns killed 26 people, 18 of them elementary school children in Newtown, Conn. a town approximately 65 miles north of New York City.

A member of one of the families of children in the school asked, “Who would do this to our poor little babies?” Beyond the specifics of the shooter, who also took his own life, the question is not just who, but also what and who in our society encourages and promotes the use of a gun as a reasonable choice to resolve an actual or perceived conflict with another person at their school, a place of work, worship, or public venue of entertainment?

The promotion and protection by the NRA of gun ownership and gun use under the Second Amendment has reached a point of near irrationality. Otherwise, how can we regard NRA lobbying in support of gun ownership as a serious good faith effort of public discourse, when Larry Pratt, its executive director, is reported to have said in response to the mass killing school children at the Newton, Conn., school:

Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newton school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.

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