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America's Children Live In Fear While The U.S. Congress Provides Protection To The Gun Industry

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What is with this guy? He's the one who had the opportunity to stop this obstruction and choked. Can't he even remember that he could have changed the filibuster rules a couple of months ago when some of his Democratic colleagues were begging him to do so. Yes, the Republicans are the enemy of gun regulations but Harry Reid will forever be known as the person who had the chance to initiate legislation to stop the slaughter of innocent children but he, once again, bowed down to the threats of the Republicans and walked away from the battle.


I have no idea how these politicians, both Republican and far too many Democrats, can be so cowardly and how they can live with themselves. It's very difficult, if not impossible, to try to understand how they can continue to watch a succession of these atrocities against their fellow Americans take place without becoming enraged and vowing to take swift and meaningful action to prevent them going into the future. They seem to be a special breed of people who possess genes that make them incapable of thinking about the needs and welfare of others.


And what about President Obama, is he bending arms, knocking heads together, pounding his fist, and shouting from Bully Pulpit that that our children must not continue to be subjected to these crimes of inhumanity? Right now there should be nothing more important than solving this critically important problem and safeguarding the lives of our children. He should be verbally lashing the Republicans for their obstruction and cracking the whip to snap Harry Reid out of his paralytic state.


Mr. Obama needs to take time away from launching drones into other countries, going after whistleblowers and thinking of what other Constitutional rights and freedoms he can take away from the American people and give this issue his total attention. He is doing what he has done time and time again on many issues; he comes on strong at the beginning of a process to bring about change, makes some stirring, inspiring statements, makes a few trips where he talks about the issue before crowds of his followers, and then he seems to largely disappear and let the process drift.


What's happening right before our eyes is a national disgrace. The proliferation of guns in America coupled with the brazen obstruction of the creation of effective gun safety legislation by this Congress, with many on both sides of the aisle guilty of societal treason, represents a deadly menace to this country. It's a clear illustration of politicians who have no conscience, have sold their souls, and are devoid of the principles of morality.


The biggest need of all in dealing with this massive dilemma lies with the American people who, in the face of these dangers to their children, remain far too silent, far too passive. They need to break out of this state by mobilizing, taking to the streets, demonstrating, protesting and telling these politicians that they are going to be run out of Congress in the next elections unless they do something to protect the children of America. The time for action is now before the next succession of societal atrocities shakes the foundations of this nation.


And let's just say this; if, after the deaths of the twenty young children in Newtown CT, this Congress fails to pass crucial legislation -- if the obstructionists block any and all attempts to bring an end to these needless slaughters - and the American people do not take to the streets in massive demonstrations, showing their rage and outrage, then we must conclude that this society is in the process of unraveling.


Michael Payne


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