New political strategy vital to halt gun violence

June 19, 2014 

We want to stop the gun violence overrunning the country but don't know how to achieve that. The NRA and its jetsam of gun advocates have intimidated elected officials in most red and yellow states and at times in solid blue ones.

That power makes gun control legislation all but impossible.

There have been enough examples of politicians standing up against the NRA and then getting defeated in primaries or elections to make the majority in the House and Senate scared to confront this, the direst threat to America.

It should be noted that many of the losses happen in primaries where less than 20 percent of eligible voters turn out. The NRA makes a super impact by energizing their base to vote and represent a large part of that small voter turnout.

I believe there is a way to combat the NRA. No matter what you think of the tea party, they have also mastered the NRA method of going after politicians that are not far enough over the edge of the cliff. Eric Cantor was the most recent example.

It should be noted that in that Virginia primary Democrats and independents could vote and were some part of the 16 percent voter turnout.

A tea party majority is not needed to control the Republican agenda. With a block of votes they intimidate most other Republicans afraid of the next primary in their voting district.

Establishment Republicans and some Democrats tremble at this power and with every election defeat move further to the right.

Both, the NRA and the tea party are examples of methodology that could be used to curtail gun violence.

The Democrats need a similar splinter group (open to Republicans and independents) with the sole purpose to control guns. Such efforts have to start by targeting state legislatures and House districts.

Vald Svekis

Sarasota

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