The failure of the Senate to pass the background checks bill is another example of a Congress that is increasingly unresponsive to the will of most Americans. It matters little that a majority of Americans favored strengthening of federal background checks. The opinion of a private gun club, the NRA, is more important to them.
The NRA seems to have as much power as many government agencies, if not more, and it is not accountable to American citizens. Other examples of congressional unwillingness to act affect consumer protection and public safety. Consider the following examples:
• Many senators and representatives resisted the formation of the consumer protection bureau and dragged their feet when appointing the chairperson.
• Congress has not held the Wall Street executives that brought down our economy in 2008-2009 accountable in any meaningful way.
• Resistance to developing alternative energy sources continues despite the fact that fossil fuels pollute the environment and are a finite source of energy. Too many people in Congress are influenced by those that continue to deny climate change.
• “Obamacare” continues to be attacked despite the benefits that are being realized.
It’s time for all of us to remind our members of Congress that we are out there and demand that they listen to us. As one of the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook said, “We’re not going anywhere.”