ROSE NOLEN: We must send a message to Congress about gun laws

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 4:56 p.m. CDT

While Americans watched and waited, the Senate voted. They decided to vote, not to act. The majority decided that the country did not need gun owners to have background checks when they purchased guns at gun shows or on the Internet. These were the same rules that are required when guns are purchased from licensed dealers. The vote was 54 in favor to 46 against. Under the Senate rules the motion failed because 60 votes in favor were needed.

The president agreed with the majority of the population that gun violence needed to end. But the National Rifle Association opposed the background check on the grounds that it could lead to setting up of a permanent gun record, even though a person could be convicted of a crime for attempting to set up such a system.

In the end, Congress proved what it was about. It didn’t care that citizens are being murdered in cold blood and would continue to be killed unmercifully. The important thing is that gun owners should have the rights to buy, sell and use their firearms without any restrictions. Because apparently, this is what gun owners wanted. Their behavior seemed to indicate that if little children are gunned down by maniacs in the process, it’s not important. The important thing is that gun owners should have a good time without any unnecessary interference.

Now, at least Americans understand what they are up against. The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are not on the side of the majority of the country’s citizens. As thousands are gunned down monthly, they are not interested in gun violence. They are in favor of special interest groups, especially those groups which represent members of Congress. They are a private interest group.

If we’re to continue our system of government, we must make it clear to our elected officials that we are not electing them to public office to serve their own interests. Apparently, somewhere along the way we have deceived them. We have allowed them to believe that they are entitled to act on their own behalf.

Well, the situation is currently out of hand and our Congress clearly has no interest in fixing the problem. We must unseat those who are not willing to work in the best interest of the people. Our democracy is broken, and it is up to us to replace it.

This work is not easy to do. We have worked at this government for a long time. Now, we must begin back at the beginning. We can’t allow those who only want the system to work for themselves to succeed. Our Congress has virtually laughed in our faces. Now, they want to know what we’re going to do about it?

Personally, I refuse to let the parents of Connecticut bear the burden alone. We’re all in this together to either sink or swim. We might need the Second Amendment before this fight is over. Let’s see.

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