Sometimes the only way to find a solution to a seemingly intractable problem is to get an outsider to take a fresh look. To most of the world, America’s obsession with guns is lunacy. For a person living in England, the idea that 33,000 people could be killed by guns every year in America and the country thinks that’s normal is difficult to fathom. That may explain why, while covering yet another of America’s mass shootings, a BBC reporter decided to drop some truth bombs to those of us across the Atlantic.
Aaron Heslehurst, a host for BBC’s Morning Business Report, was covering the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, along with co-host Adnan Nawaz when the pair laid out the devastating reality of life in America.
“There have been more mass shootings in the United States this year than there have been days this year. We’re at about 330-odd days with 350+ mass shootings. And it’s becoming far too common as far as almost any sensible person, including President Obama is concerned.”
But like the last mass shooting (and the one before that, and the one before that, etc.), politicians – particularly in the Republican Party – have shown absolutely no willingness to address gun violence. For the international audience watching the BBC, this may seem almost suicidal, but as Heslehurst explains, it’s motivated by the power and profit of the NRA.
“In the last 43 years, more Americans have been shot by another American — shot and killed by another American — than all of America’s soldiers killed in wars in the last 240 years.
And you go where’s the priority? You talk about Congress — NRA, right? If Clinton really wants to get serious, that’s what you have to try to break, dismantle.”
On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has spoken out about gun violence and America’s out of control gun culture, but as the hosts point out, without loosening the grip of the NRA, America has almost no hope of seeing meaningful legislation passed. Knowing this, the NRA spends millions of dollars every election buying conservative politicians and attacking anyone who dares stand in their way. At this point, the lobbying group has domesticated the Republican Party to the point that all they can offer are “thoughts and prayers” and no solutions.
For decades, America has been hoodwinked by the National Rifle Association, whose agenda consists entirely of selling more guns. They’ve squelched science. Destroyed the careers of lawmakers. And distorted the narrative to the point that they can now, with straight faces, tell America that the only way to stop the epidemic of gun crime is to buy more guns. And with their stooges in Congress, there is almost nothing anyone can do about it.
The solution has been staring us in the face, but it took the BBC to say it. If America wants to get back to a rational gun policy, the NRA needs to go. It’s our only hope.
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