Victoria Spartz successfully purchased the GOP nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) in the June 2 primary. Her positions on issues are abhorrent. One of the worst is her position on guns.
On her campaign website Ms. Spartz states: “We must preserve our 2nd Amendment freedoms against the tyranny of the government...” There have been no encroachments on “2nd Amendment freedoms.” On the other hand, we see tyranny advance each day.
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” The Federalist No. 47 (James Madison).
Ms. Spartz extols trump, who wants to impose autocratic rule on this country. By contrast, even after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, when little kids were mowed down by an idiot with rapid-fire weaponry, the NRA paid to suppress meaningful gun control.
Then again, as NPR reported on 9/27/19: “The National Rifle Association acted as a ‘foreign asset’ for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.”
As Republican precinct committee person for my precinct in Indy, I’m offended that someone who purchased a nomination to Congress would, in a purported opposition to tyranny, act to advance it.
A 10/15/15 article in Rolling Stone noted: “Republican presidents from Richard Nixon – who wanted a federal ban on handguns – to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush all voiced support for gun control. ...
“George H.W. Bush was so furious at the National Rifle Association’s extremism that he renounced his lifetime membership during his term in the White House. More remarkable, even the NRA once voiced support for 'reasonable' gun control,...
“including mandatory background checks at gun shows and prohibiting guns at schools, like we do at airports. “No guns in America’s schools, period,” insisted NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre in the aftermath of the Columbine school massacre.”
And then there are the people who show up, in camo and with assault rifles, at demonstrations. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is - through legislation. It would be nice if the CDC could sponsor peer-review studies of gun violence as a health issue.
Unfortunately, Federal legislation in the mid-1990s snuffed such studies. Ignorance can be a wonderful thing - for a would-be dictator. And the idea that we can fight government tyranny with assault rifles is absurd.
Tanks can roll over people with assault rifles.
(Is this where a gun nut explodes and says: “It’s not an assault rifle! It’s a ...” and gives some arcane description of a weapon designed to mow people down.)
I shall not speculate as to whether Ms. Spartz has communicated with anyone from Russia about gun control. I shall repeat: an aspect of Ms. Spartz’s campaign more repugnant than any other is her blind support for trump.
I have not yet received the certificate that says I am the GOP precinct committee person for my area of Indy. I hope it arrives soon. Any candidate for political office who supports trump should be rejected by the voters.