When 20 children and 6 educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012, a law was passed making it very difficult for an individual diagnosed with serious mental illness to legally purchase a gun. The law required the Social Security Administration to report disability payments received by these individuals. The information was included in the FBI’s background check database.
Republicans, and a few Democrats, have reversed the law, and capitulated to the NRA gun lobby. Once again profit has been given the priority over human life. The bill will be on Trump’s desk today, and he said that he will sign it.
The Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed his mother. He had a history of mental illness.
What does this say about our government? The answer is upsetting. All 535 members of congress have no concerns about the 320 million American people they are supposed to serve and protect.
The Republican Party has several owners. Special interests have bought and paid for GOP politicians for 20 years. The oil and gas industry, other major corporations, the Christian religious right, and the NRA all have a list of instructions for Republicans in the House and Senate.
Republicans have also refused to pass legislation preventing individuals on the “no-fly” list from accessing weapons of mass destruction. They are suspected terrorists, but are allowed to purchase assault rifles and high-output magazines without any restriction.
It’s past time to remove all Republicans from office. They do not represent the American people; they are only concerned with special interests and their personal ambitions. They are traitors to the American people.
Last year our nation experienced more mass shootings than there were days on the calendar. But Republicans are not concerned. They assisted large corporations in making record profits. It was a good year for them; a bad year for the American people.
By James Turnage
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