In 1854, in its effort to abolish slavery, the Republican Party was formed. I suppose there would be a redundancy if they called themselves the Republican-Republic Party, so they conveniently dropped the word Republic from their letterheads, hoping we would all forget we really live in a Democratic Republic.
Last week, when the Senate voted on a bill that would have prevented felons, gang members, drug dealers and terrorists from buying weapons at gun shows or from family members without background checks. Republicans and some Democrats alike forgot they should have represented the will of the people instead of selling-out to the NRA.
Vice President Joe Biden summed it up best. Despite polls showing that up to 90 percent of Americans supported tighter legislation, one lawmaker told him the people’s support for change didn’t matter in his decision to vote against the bill. The unnamed politician told Biden the 10 percent who didn’t want change are going to show up and vote for him. And that 90 percent who think the change is a good idea will not vote for or against him because of his political stance. In other words, he sold out the American people to stay in office. Too bad Biden didn’t give us his or her name.
But we all know the name of Sen. Dean Heller. He said he is opposed to the bill because it could lead to a national gun registry. He didn’t say why a gun registry is a bad idea. Maybe he thinks we need to arm and protect ourselves against attempts by the federal government to confiscate our weapons. Or maybe he is just another paranoid republican.
The second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms. It doesn’t preclude gun registration or a national gun registry. That‘s an NRA policy that protects the criminal, street gangs and terrorist.
As law-abiding citizens, we also have constitutional rights. We have a right to be protected from criminals who obtain guns illegally wanting to kill us. Our government spends billions protecting us from terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and around the world; but, thanks to the NRA’s hold on politicians, we are unable to be protected from ourselves. .
Senator Heller has betrayed our ideals and values of our Constitution. He has ignored the voice and will of almost 90 percent of the American people because he fears a possible national gun registry. He has aided and abetted our enemies by preserving the conduit for terrorists to purchase weapons at gun shows. He has betrayed our Democratic Republic for the convenience of our enemies to arm themselves against us.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.