JB: The NRA and its bought and paid for pols have been quite successfully oblivious, or shall I say impervious, up to now. How do we crack through that wall?
BK: I believe that wall is cracking right now. Continuous public pressure is crucial, of course. The pressure needs to be applied to mainstream Democrats, not just Republicans. Also, I believe the old saying "let your reach exceed your grasp" applies here. If we reach no farther than gun regulations, our grasp may be no more than such minor changes as an age limit to buy an AR-15 (you have to be over 21, or whatever). If we reach for global nuclear disarmament, a Department of Peace and " oh, unarmed policing " and I mean REACH, with all our hearts, then the smaller changes we actually get may be larger than what we currently can even imagine. We have to change the culture of violence!
JB: Agreed! Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?
BK: The world is changing. Change is inevitable. I'll turn it over to Martin Luther King: "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." If we give up, we let the cynics win.
sign: I am 4 common sense gun measures, March For Our Lives, Washington DC
(Image by Lorie Shaull) Details DMCA
JB: Let's not! Thanks for chatting with me again, Bob. I always enjoy it.
Some of the pithy and powerful signs sighted by Bob at the March:
Am I next?
My outrage does not fit on this sign
Grab 'em by the mid-terms
Would you rather give up your guns or bury your children?
The only thing easier to buy than a gun is a GOP candidate