I know what NRA means, I mean really means, but after the shootings in Aurora and in Wisconsin I have looked around.
What did I find: the NRA-lobby organized that Congress (pushing of Jay Dickey, rep and Rep) outlawed research on gun control with a provision that reads:
None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.
They stripped $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget - the amount it had spent on gun research in the previous year.
You understand, from that moment on, it was not possible to do research on the relationship between someone bleeding and guns, without being accused of advocating or promoting gun control.
One of the arguments was: we do not need this kind of day-follows-night research on the expense of our taxpayers.
I cheerfully agree. It results in stating the obvious: when a man meets a gun, after the meeting the man is as dead as a doornail. We're told that guns don't kill people ... but they are a very essential, indispensable constituent in cause and effect.
It makes you feel sad - I mean the budget ruling - but on the other hand: it feeds your skepticism about what politicians do not do, but are supposed to do: organizing society for society's sake.
Guess what I was reading in my Italian newspaper yesterday.
I know, I shouldn’t ask you, you do not read Italian newspapers.
I'll tell you.
John M. Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, has received a subsidy of $5 million for The Immortality Project - to study the secrets of afterlife. It's not your money - well, depends what you think of 1% versus 99%, but it's certainly not from the federal budget.
It is provided by The Templeton Foundation.
I do not know if The Templeton Foundation has the same "powers” as the combine NRA - Republican congressmen.
Nevertheless, it must be possible for John M. Fischer, Ph. D. to smuggle a few questions in the research project:
- is someone who's killed by people, based on the stand-your-ground-law or some other ridiculous point of view, assured of a place in Heaven?
- is someone whose gun has killed that other someone assured of a place in Hell?
I feel the outcome of these questions could be positive ... should be positive if there's indeed a righteous God.
Now, if it was possible to make a convert of Scrooge, then this is certainly an opportunity to moderate, and perhaps even change and mitigate the course of the NRA.