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The NRA's Latest Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil

Street, Paul
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/04/the-nras-latest-terrorist-attack-on-u-s-soil/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  04/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

It's long past time to start understanding the giant mass shootings that have become part of the new-normal fabric of life in the United States as terrorist attacks on the U.S. populace conducted by the nation’s plutocracy through one of its key and rightward campaign funding, lobbying, and policy organizations -- the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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A demented male psychopath gathers ammunition and weaponry made available to him through loose gun laws passed by federal and state governments thanks to the deep pockets of the NRA. The shooter takes his NRA-sponsored weapons of mass destruction wreaks mass-murderous havoc on soft-target innocents. The incident usually includes the shooter’s death (the Aurora and Charleston killings are exceptions), typically by suicide. The authorities interview the shooter’s family members and associates. Local and federal police search his dwelling. belongings, computer, online record, and history to determine his motives, how he planned the operation, where he got his weapons, if he had any partners, etc.

After the news of the big mass shooting hits the airwaves and the Internet, NRA-backed politicians resist the morally elementary notion that the latest huge gun massacre– the most recent spectacular and concentrated example of an ongoing gun carnage that costs 33,000 U.S. lives per year – compels us to revise our absurdly lax gun laws. It's time, pro-gun politicos say, for prayers, mourning and healing, not for "politicizing a great tragedy." They blame the carnage on sheer evil and madness – the sinful and dark worst of human nature. They shrug off basic observations that the killer could not have scored such a terrible body count without the weapons and policies advanced by the gun makers and their NRA. This is what they are paid to say by the Gun Lobby.

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