Our Gun Lobby-shy Politicians Are a Disgrace

WALLINGFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 24:  Students learn to fire their pistols at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting rang
WALLINGFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 24: Students learn to fire their pistols at a class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on February 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut. King 33 Training, a company that trains and educates individuals on the safe and proper use of guns and other uses of protective force, offers classes to marksmen of all levels. The Connecticut company offers training for clients interested in maintaining a safe environment for themselves, their families, and those around them. Connecticut, home to a number of gun manufactures including Colt Defense, is a state with conflicting views on guns and gun ownership. Currently the state has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and its current governor Daniel Malloy is pushing for tougher measures following the shootings at the Sandy Hook School. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

It looks like the super patriots in Congress who send other people's children to fight the wars they start are about to wimp out in the face of threats to their seats -- or a more impolite word for their rear-ends -- by the gun industry. How on earth can these folks hold their heads up in public after what continues to happen to our children, relatives, friends and neighbors, as a direct consequence of their refusal to put people's lives and safety ahead of profit for the gun manufacturers?

Those of us who have been close observers of politics -- political junkies, if you will -- understand fully that the first priority of those seeking elective office is to win elections and, once in office, to remain in office. Both elected and appointed public officials will tell you that they cannot do much good if they are out of office. But, come on! If your contribution to the public good does not include preventing a mounting body count of innocent victims of gun violence, what good are you really doing? With the overwhelming majority of the American people -- and even most NRA members and gun owners -- supporting reasonable gun control legislation, no one with a lick of sense believes that those in Congress who are doing everything in their power to block that legislation are acting in the public interest. It is patently obvious whose interests are being served. Is it any wonder that the public holds the Congress in such low regard -- bordering on contempt?

Like most of those members of Congress whom he is successfully bullying, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre has never served in the military. Nor have most of the gun-wielding self-proclaimed patriots who prance around in camouflage attire to give the impression that they have. If more of them had enlisted, they would have lightened the disproportionate burden of military service that has fallen on a tiny portion of the population. They could have saved countless service members and their families from the distress and disruption of multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Of course, if you look at photographs or videos of these posturing gun nuts, it is clear that, based on their beer bellies, myopia and general decrepitude, they would not qualify for military service. Heaven help us if we ever needed them to defend us. Nevertheless, there are others who could qualify and we should expect them to enlist, if they are as patriotic as they want us to believe.

Instead, they choose to parade their khaki jackets and weaponry in public places with no other purpose than to try to intimidate others, armed or not. Especially despicable were those who tried this tactic on a group of mothers supporting Connecticut's new gun control laws. It is noteworthy that the mothers were not intimidated, apparently knowing that you do not give in to bullies. That just encourages them. Unfortunately, too many members of Congress did not learn this lesson from their mothers.