Congress must stand up to NRA's bullies
The Kansas City Star
The out-of-control leaders of the NRA are boasting that they have bought Congress and Congress will stay bought.
In other words, the NRA honchos warn, there will be no serious gun control this year, even after the horrific Newtown massacre.
That flies in the face of sanity and what would be good for the health of this nation in the long run.
Let’s hope members who got “A” ratings and money from the NRA in the past can break the chains that bind them to outdated notions of how to limit the access to guns in America.
Take a look at the local delegation, and the NRA has given solid grades and money to Republicans Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins, Vicky Hartzler and Sam Graves in the House. Emanuel Cleaver received an “F.”
In the Senate, the NRA gave “A” ratings and money to Republicans Pat Roberts and Kevin Moran, and an “A” to Roy Blunt. Democrat Claire McCaskill got an “F.”
All eyes will be on Washington this week as Vice President Joe Biden rolls out some ideas on how to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to call for stricter gun regulation.
All are good ideas, worth passage by Congress - if it has the guts to stand up to a few power-hungry leaders at the NRA.