Real Reform / Reforma Real / 真正的改革

Gun Safety

The influence that gun owners and gun manufacturers hold over our politicians is a prime example of how money corrupts our politics. Do you want guns in the hands of crazies? If not, then read on. Every politician who takes money from gun manufacturers is going to find a justification as to why we do not need to better regulate gun sales in the United States. The truth is that statistically a gun in your home is far more likely to lead to a suicide or other disastrous casualty than protecting you or someone you love from an attack. The NRA will attempt to block legislation, for example, to encourage doctors to discuss gun ownership with all their patients or allow the second-hand sale of guns at trade shows. The NRA spends millions of dollars on politicians every year. These politicians are taking the money for a reason. But what we must now appreciate is the connection between the financial donor to the outcome of a politician's actions and votes. If you can see the problems with guns and money, then you can also see examples in virtually every aspect of American life in terms of how political bodies have been acting. We cannot pass legislation unless the "moneyed class" (the PACs, the lobbyists, etc.) wants that legislation passed as they will pay for it with political contributions - both through action and inaction on legislation affecting the general welfare of Americans. It is for this reason that if we want to have a safe and responsible gun culture in America, we must do what is most reasonable to our general welfare rather than to do what is most profitable for the gun manufacturers. For example, ban all unregistered sale of guns or implement a national education policy through physicians so that all gun owners can be informed of the risks and statistics of gun ownership. In order to this though and pass other sensible reforms, we must elect a new Congress who pledge to do what is best for the general welfare of the people rather than what is best for a special interest groups that essentially buys the outcome (whether it be action or inaction). If politicians take their money from the 1% and expect to help the 99% then they are mostly deluding themselves. We need to get big money out of politics, and that means electing leaders who refuse PAC and lobbyist money, from wherever it comes.