November 6, 2013

This is repost from Reporting On Health, the blog of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship and written by Martha Rosenberg.

Martha Rosenberg
Martha Rosenberg


Imagine lawmakers allowing lead to remain in gasoline because of the oil and gas lobby.

Imagine them allowing secondhand smoke in public places because of the tobacco lobby.

Imagine lawmakers allowing unvetted people to train in the US as pilots because of the flight school lobby. Imagine them allowing people to board planes with box cutters because of the hand tool lobby.

Pretty ridiculous except that’s exactly why we have the parade of bloody AR-15 massacres–the gun lobby. The most recent being two days ago at LAX where a TSA officer was murdered.

Why don’t the pols who consistently defeat assault weapon bans, improved background checks, ammunition control and laws against gun trafficking, crooked dealers and straw buyers, tell their constituents the truth–hey, we’re sorry some of you are getting killed out there but we are afraid of the NRA.

 Constituents would then realize the gun lobby is just like the Mafia in the 1950’s which was also tolerated by politicians because of personal investment, threat of retaliation, extortion and political pressure. It was stronger than the government itself. In the 1960’s, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy reversed the mob’s historical terrorism by getting laws passed which restrain the black hand of the Mafia to this day. (continue reading here).