With the incredible tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school last month the nation seems so horrified by gun violence that a "conversation" about limits on the almost unfettered use of weapons may be finally upon us.
President Obama has proposed legislation, and is signing executive orders which begin the process of limiting the use of guns to what all other civilized countries have considered reasonable limits for some time.
The NRA (and it's media outlet, Fox News) is, true to form, ranting that the Prsident is a tyrant and the Second Amendment prevents any limitations on American's right to wield whatever type of gun they want.
The public is reporting, in overwhelming numbers that reasonable restrictions like universal backgroud checks and bans on assualt rifles are long overdue.
What about Congress? The Republicans are, for the most part, predictably and reflexively yearning for a return to the 1800's and only affirming what the public already knows - they are anachronistic and risk irrelevance.
What about the Democrats? Well, many have stated their support for the measures the President has articulated - measures which if enacted would raise the U.S. from dead last among civilized countries to, well...still dead last. But some have either advocated for a "go slow" approach (can we go any slower?) or refused to take a stand.
This is absolutely a critical moment in American politics. A time for leadership. A time to be counted. A time to show the American people (us!) that they are capable of putting the public interest above corporate interst and electoral politics.
Our Congressman is one of those who has refused to immediately stand up and say enough is enough. The only words we have from Rep. Heck, so far, appear to be from his spokesperson: “He does not and will not support any legislation that takes guns away from law-abiding Americans,” said Phil Gardner, Heck’s press secretary. He added that the congressman has been listening to ideas from his constituents on how to prevent mass shootings but that he not signed on to any legislation and that he would take “a close look” at Obama’s plan. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/01/16/2438050/obamas-gun-control-plan-gets-tepid.html#storylink=cpy
Well it's only been a month since he has been in office and a real test is before him. Dante told us that how one acts when confronted by tests of moral character are what define us.
Call/write/email Rep. Heck and tell him it's time we (as a nation) grow up and do all we can to reduce the violence.