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When the Senate failed to get a mild background check to even be debated for a final vote, the NRA chieftains did a victory dance. Americans watched with disgust and outrage at the spectacle where many of our learned leaders cowardly submitted to the NRA gun lobby. Seems like it always happens when the gunslingers ride into town and Marshall Backbone is out of the county. The cavalry, however, is on the way, so mark the date of April 17, 2013, as when the NRA gun lobby began its fade to a faint murmur muted by the strong winds of change.

The answer that blowing in the wind is a growing, dedicated movement for gun safety made up in part by the 60 percent of American households who have no guns. They clearly realize that not only do they have skin but also blood in the game and are intent on common sense gun laws becoming a reality. Since the assault weapon ban was allowed to expire, the gun makers and the NRA have made a ton of money, much of it blood money. The carnage that followed has spilled blood across this land, culminating with the horrific massacre of those precious little children at Sandy Hook. Sadly, it took this monstrosity to galvanize the nation.

Gun makers through the NRA lobby always expect these events to cause a stampede of gun sales. They then turn around and use some of their blood money to keep the status quo. Our lawmakers are fully aware of this, and yet they accept the collateral damage as part of getting reelected. Those who take part in this vicious cycle are the very worst of the morally bankrupt. As fellow Americans, we must stand with the families of Newtown. If we don't, shame on us.

Sherman Madison

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