Courtesy of TPM:
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-control initiative co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released on Monday an ad as part of the group's "Demand a Plan" to end gun violence campaign featuring the mother of a girl killed in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting two years ago. "I have one question for our political leaders: When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?" Rozanna Green said in the ad. "Whose child has to die next?"
The ad goes on air Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz.; Waco, Texas; Roanoke, Va.; Fargo, N.D.; Denver, Colo.; Binghamton, N.Y.; and Milwaukee, Wis. It will continue to air in the Washington, D.C. market through Jan. 14.
You know I had a troll on a previous thread who attacked me, and all of you, for not recognizing the difference in the caliber of weapon that is mentioned in talks about banning assault weapons and those used in the military or for hunting.
I don't think these people understand that this is NOT about simply taking one kind of gun off of the streets, it is about making sure that ALL guns are carefully monitored in this country, and that people who should never have access to them, never GET access to them.
That is certainly not going to happen overnight, but this is also not going to be a short term solution to a long term, and increasing growing, problem.
And if people are not aware of the kind of passion that is driving the desire to do something significant about gun violence, then take a look at the blow back endured by a Connecticut Republican who had the temerity to demand on Facebook that Gabby Giffords "stay out of my towns:"
"Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns," the post on the Facebook page for State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Newtown and Monroe, said last week.
On Monday, she issued an apology for the comments she posted online.
"The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Giffords' visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize," Rep. Hovey said in a statement.
"My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally. Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid," she added.
I imagine that a lot of big talking NRA defenders are going to be reevaluating their positions as this issue moves forward.
We should have done something after Columbine, and we didn't.
We should have done something after Tucson, and we didn't.
But this time I think the excuse making is over, and that the fear of the NRA's influence is not going to be nearly enough to stop legislation from being passed that will have a real impact on the guns being sold in this country, and the kind of people they are being sold to.
If that does NOT heppen then the blood of the next movie house audience, school classroom full of children, or mall full of shoppers is on our collective hands.