Forget the NRA; target the gun makers
The Kansas City Star
Two stories over the weekend about America’s dangerous, even childish, obsession with the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle helped make one point pretty clear.
The NRA isn’t the real culprit behind the continuing arming of the United States population, especially males.
It’s the gun makers, the ones that make the obscene profits, that pummel Americans with the thought that the Second Amendment gives them the right to own ridiculous amounts of guns and absurd amounts of firepower.
Clearly, the groups that stand to benefit the most from the continued arming of America are the companies that make the weapons and the ammunition.
The articles contained a few warnings about how the guns can, well, kill and maim people.
But they also contained near-breathless passages about how popular the guns were, how they were flying off the shelves, how the guns just seemed to be absolute necessities these days for Americans.
The stories touched on how gun makers have helped stoke the passion for gun buying in the country, and not just for the AR-15.
So what can be done about all this? How can elected officials crush the gun makers’ and their abilities to make millions of dollars off of fear?
Banning the production of every single assault weapon is just the first step in a comprehensive reform. Requiring sky-high insurance premiums to own guns is another, especially given the destructive nature of weapons.
The universal background checks that everyone seems to favor would help, too.
The real goal, of course, is to dramatically reduce the number of guns held in the homes of this country. Pipe dream? For now, yes.
But in the future, gun control advocates need to look for good ways to attack one of the main problems when it comes to the arming of America: The gun makers who want this deadly obsession to continue.