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Mainstream Newspapers Fall In Line To Condemn Gun Grab Defeat In Senate

April 18, 2013 by  

Mainstream liberal newspapers spent Thursday bemoaning the Nation’s future, following the Senate’s defeat of key components of a gun control bill Wednesday that effectively killed the legislation for good.

The Chicago Tribune called the defeat an indication of Congress’ “shameful disconnect” with the American people.

The Los Angeles Times said the dead bill is a “shameful failure;” a “powerful reminder of how difficult it is to make progress on gun control at the federal level.”

The Washington Post said the Senate “cowered in the face of fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association.”

Finally, Bloomberg described the vote as a reflection of rural values prevailing over the views shared among “most of the American public,” unbelievably attacking the Senate’s Constitutionally designed two-votes-per-State structure as antiquated and not representative of modern demographics:

The proposal’s demise, in a 54-46 vote, is a testament to legislators’ continuing fear of the gun lobby. It also illuminates a political equation that grows more unbalanced, especially in the Senate, every year. The votes of Wyoming’s two senators, representing 580,000 citizens, effectively cancel the votes of California’s two senators, representing 38 million. The votes of Illinois, with a population of almost 13 million, are voided by those of Alaska, with little more than 700,000.

It’s called a Constitutional republic. And hey, how ’bout that other whole entire wing of Congress?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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