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Last I heard, our military doesn’t arm persons with mental health problems and criminal records. But the “Civilian Division” of the Military Industrial Complex certainly does allow arms into the hands of those who would be censored by our own military. By the “Civilian Division,” I mean the gun industry that manufactures for the private U.S. market, and the lawmakers and law enforcement people who decide who can get guns and who can’t. Soldiers have every reason to be armed, and receive the screening, qualification, training and leadership needed to do so safely and responsibility. And some soldiers have good reason to carry rapid fire and heavy gauge weapons. Civilians do not.

Thus, the “Civilian Division” of the Military Industrial Complex is falling down on the job, and letting America down, while tens of thousands are needlessly slaughtered by incompetent, irresponsible, and often over-armed people in schools, theaters, churches, homes, on city streets and other public places. The “Civilian Division” is letting qualified, responsible gun owners down, letting innocent children and adult victims of gun crimes down, letting America down. The gun industry should be the strongest supporters of safe and responsible gun ownership. Legislators, state and federal, should be champions of safe and responsible gun ownership. If we can’t manage to effectively control safe and responsible civilian ownership of situationally appropriate guns, then we don’t deserve to privately own guns at all.

Make a choice. Assert responsible gun ownership. Stop letting America down.

The archaic structure of the US. senate worked against the will of the vast majority of the American people yesterday when the Senate rejected legislation that would have required minimal background checks for purchasing a gun.

A 21st century democracy requires more of a Senate and Federal government than what we are getting.

Is it time for a new American government, one that is a 21st century evolution of our original American Revolution?

We need a government that reflects the popular vote, not the archaic Electoral College. We need a government with a Senate that reflects the population distribution in our country. We need a House of Representatives that is not gerrymandered to serve partisan political interests. We need a government where elections are federally funded and that rejects being purchased by special interests. We need term limits for Congress, to restore civilian rule of our country.

Our government is not doing its job. Both parties are failures. It’s time — we need a new government, a Constitutional convention, a re-invention of America.

On Morning Joe today, someone suggested we should celebrate Congress, which is apparently getting together on background checks applicable to gun show and gun shop weapon purchases. I guess we are so disillusioned with our Congress, that any little progress at all is cause for celebration. BS. What little Congress has the potential to do to stem gun violence they have proven largely incapable of (biG surprise). What happened to assault gun sale prohibitions, and restrictions on large magazines?

Even if our impotent Congress did everything possible legislatively, it would hardly make a dent in the gun violence issue. Until private ownership of assault guns, large magazines, automatic weapons, and pistols (except small caliber target pistols) are restricted to the police and military, gun violence will continue substantially unabated.

The 2nd amendment calls for “well-regulated militias” to be allowed to be armed. That means the military. Is that so hard to understand? Someone said to me yesterday, “do I think knives should be restricted, too?” No. Guns offer the opportunity for remote killing, and can be wielded with vastly greater efficiency and effect than knives, or bows and arrows. That’s why guns were invented. So let’s get real — guns extend and increase our human ability to damage others, exponentially.

Yes, people deserve to be able to hunt with guns, and defend themselves, but they don’t have to be armed to the teeth with military-type and concealed weapons to do so. People, and even Congress, know this, and our collective failure to act on this knowledge could be the death of us, and not just philosophically.

December 2022

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