The struggle for good gun laws goes on

April 28, 2013 

The Senate's failure to pass common-sense legislation for background checks on firearm sales joins an American chronology of struggles to create a society beyond the grips of a few and powerful that have stood in the way of justice for all Americans.

Women had to struggle for the right to vote.

After Emancipation, blacks struggled to have the same rights as whites, and it took political courage to enact civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

In recent years, rights for gays and lesbians have advanced in the military and within many states.

Little by little our society has grown in its advancement over bigotry and racism. The road has been long and difficult, but advances toward a more equitable society are not concluded. More needs to be done. It is a never ending struggle. We've seen efforts to undo a woman's right to choose by pro-life zealots — even resorting to murder.

Now, weak-kneed career politicians of the Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, have caved to moneyed interests and re-election ambitions, rationalizing myriad reasons for doing so. In the end, they become only a footnote in history books of giants who dared to be great. Morally corrupt? You judge.

WAYNE KIRKBRIDE

Twain Harte

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