Originally Published: January 13, 2016 6 a.m.
For those of you who did not see or hear President Obama's passionate, emotional explanation of his executive authority decision for stricter gun laws and prevention of mass killings; the "battle" is on and the political fault line has again reared its ugly head.
Before his speech even began, Paul Ryan and his counterparts were "shooting it down" claiming executive orders undermine liberty and do not trump the Second Amendment. Rubio calling it "illegal and unconstitutional." Why are Republicans so against safer gun laws?
In my opinion, most Americans, Republican and Democrat, are in favor of stricter laws to protect the American people and make our country safer. Having said that, the
NRA has become so rich and influential that they control legislatures and the lobbyists use that wealth to persuade politicians to vote in their favor.
Hence, the reason Congress made it harder for public health experts to do research into gun violence and harder to collect facts and data to develop strategies to reduce gun violence. Congress also refused to make it harder for terrorists who are on the "no fly" list to buy automatic weapons.
Finally, the reason that Congress blocks potential gun laws is because they want to win elections and voting in the NRA's favor guarantees their re-election.
As Obama said in his speech on Jan. 5, "Gun lobbyists may be holding Congress hostage, but they cannot hold America hostage." We as voters do not have to accept the "status quo." We can demand Congress stand up to the NRA and voters who are disappointed in their elected leaders who stand in their way, remember this coming election day, and vote accordingly. It will be hard to replace this Congress overnight, but we can make it harder for them to win over time.