David Hogg: How to Fight the Gun Lobby – RollingStone.com

The thing that keeps me awake at night is the thought that a kid who is alive tonight might not be alive tomorrow night because they cross paths with somebody with a gun. This is obviously not an irrational fear – it happened at my school.

People like Wayne LaPierre, Dana Loesch and Donald Trump have sold the narrative that life is irredeemably dark and “they” – the faceless and nonexistent bogeymen – are coming for your guns. All evidence to the contrary, the president stated at this year’s NRA convention that the Second Amendment is under siege. By this line of reasoning, the only way to keep your family safe is to turn your house into an armory. The sad part is, that messaging works: Stockpiling has increased by about one hundred million guns in the past decade. If more guns made us safer, the United States, with over 340 million guns – more than the total population of the U.S. – would be the safest country in the world. But the President has it all mixed up; the Second Amendment has us under siege.

All members of Congress, who have an obligation to look out for public safety, should be morally outraged by the gun violence that rages in our streets, schools, churches and workplaces. What causes all this senseless violence? Is there a certain video game or movie only Americans have access to? Ah yes, the answer: Far too many officials care more about their powerful friends in the gun lobby than actually voting for the well-being of their constituents. “Stop that, Hogg. You are besieging the Constitution.” The classic comeback against dissent.

The NRA, as an organization (not the individual members), takes pleasure in attacking grieving kids

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