The Last 50 Years Did Make A Difference

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How long it will take the NRA to make a statement about guns not killing people and how arming teachers would keep our children safe, regardless of the fact that the Navy Yard was a secure, guarded area whose security was breached.   

So, we will wait for the statement from the NRA, followed by a possible NRA appreciation event held close to the Navy Yard, or perhaps, a fundraiser for some misguided politician who is afraid of losing the support of the Tea Party by doing what is right for Americans.  

While on the subject of responsible people, where were the Republicans during the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement? Fifty years of sacrifice from four little girls in a Birmingham Church to Martin Luther King.  Fifty years culminating in the election of the first black President.  If the significance of the last 50 years does not register in some profound way, I am left asking why?  Perhaps the answer lies in the words of Ted Cruz, who says we need 100 more Jesse Helms, who was an avid racist, who never retreated from his racist beliefs.

Following the emotional anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, we marked the anniversary of 9-11.  At the time of the attack, all Americans felt the same gut wrenching pain of loss, belief in the reality that God’s help to get us through and a fierce sense of patriotism.  

Today, no longer burdened by a sense of community, Congress is back to resume the work of undermining of the President, willing to take America to the brink of default, again, in order to defund the Affordable Health Care Act and to continue to pass laws restricting voting rights of college age and senior citizens as well as people of color.   

I refuse to believe the last 50 years did not make a difference in spite of all evidence to the contrary. 

Cecilia Lewis


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Wow, Ms Lewis, where to start.  

I fail to see the relationship between what happened at the Washington Navy Yard and the NRA, armed teachers, the Tea Party, Birmingham Al. and Congress.

If the United States first “black “ president Bill Clinton had not made all military bases and facilities “gun free zones”  in all likelihood the mass shooting on Monday would not have happened. 

Mr. Alexis would have probably chosen another “gun free zone” such as a school or courthouse to shoot up. 

As for the Republicans and the Civil Rights movement, if the Republicans had not backed LBJ and stood against Democrats like Albert Gore Sr. there would not have been “50” years to talk about. 

If Jesse Helms was a racist, what about Robert “KKK” Byrd? 

I have to have a picture ID to buy cold medicine, drive a car, buy beer, buy a gun and most every other transaction that the government sees fit to oversee. 

Voter ID laws are most certainly not “voter suppression” but are instead the very best way to ensure that our elections are truly fair and reflect the will of all the people, not just the ones willing to steal elections for political power. 

As far as the law known by all as “Obamacare,” I fiercely pray that it is defunded and as fast as possible, so as not to damage any further the greatest healthcare system the world has ever known. 

It seems to me that most of what’s gone on in the last 50 years has been a steady, unstoppable decline in all Americans' God given rights and liberties.   

As far as the NRA goes, they’re one of the few organizations in existence which work to preserve all of the Bill of Rights, not just the ones that are popular with the chattering classes. 

John T. Sanders
NRA life member

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