Most left wingers like me are constantly told that the NRA has an 'iron-like grip' on the Republican party. I believer this view is mistaken. The true engine of the GOP is right-wing radio. Let me explain
The fact is that the Republican party and right-wing radio hosts like Sean Hannity, Dennis Prager, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and many others believe that every sociopath in our great country, such as Stephen Poddack, Adam Lanza, Omar Mateen, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, etc, is entitled to his very own AR15 and virtually unlimited amounts of ammo with which to use as they see fit. If this means killing 50 people in a matter of a few minutes, so be it.
Let's admit that arguments for this boil down to one very simple idea: there may come a day when citizens of the United States must take up arms against an over-mighty, tyrannical government which has become destructive of the rights stipulated in the Constitution. Let me take the argument seriously for a moment. At the present time, the Republicans control both houses of congress, the presidency, and also the supreme court, as Gorsuch has given a 5-4 edge to conservatives. We also have a constitution, a bill of rights, and a system of power sharing between the 50 states and the federal government known to us as "Federalism." We also have a government structure composed of 3 branches which act as a check against one another. Not to mention numerous civil rights groups such as the ACLU which has no purpose other than to ensure that the rights of Americans are not violated. The first amendment guarantees the right of every American to protest peacefully, seek a redress of grievances, to worship in the manner they see fit, and nearly unlimited right to express ourselves. Despite all of these constitutional and civic safeguards, the talk-radio right continues to tell the American people that every single act of government regulation, no matter how small, constitutes a step towards tyranny and the destruction of our rights.
I cannot tell you how angry it makes me that every single day millions of Americans are subjected to paranoid, hyperventilated nonsense such as this. And it comes from supposedly reasonable and fair-minded conservatives. Government tyranny and chaos and is not our doorstep. Shame on all of those radio hosts to frighten and terrify our people into believing the opposite. In fact, terror and anarchy and lawlessness and fear is coming from every disturbed maniac who fires their weapon into a crown of concert-goers like Las Vegas. I hope one day that the hosts and their audience will realize that peddling paranoid fantasies to frightened citizens does not serve the interests of conservatism or law and order, for that matter. Nor can a stable and prosperous society emerge from a people who constantly live in fear of mass gun slaughter.