Now that is a sorry state of affairs. And it's not only like that in Pennsylvania. Politicians who would ordinarily agree with gun laws that would further the Common Good, which most of the voters want anyway, vote against them for fear of the NRA.
On Monday, Rendell defended his weekend veto of a bill expanding gun owners' self-defense rights - but declared his efforts to reduce gun violence through legislation "an abject failure."
"It's a lost cause in Pennsylvania," Rendell said in a conference call with reporters. He accused the General Assembly of kowtowing to the National Rifle Association.
"The legislature proved consistently in my eight years that they are scared to death to buck the NRA," he said. "It's incredibly frustrating, the hold the NRA has over the legislature. It's embarrassing."
And gun owners who benefit from and support this corrupt lobbying and influence-peddling system wonder why we blame them for the mess.
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