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Subject: The other 1% Date: 5/8/2013 10:40 AM
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The top 1% of income earners in the country have successfully altered the income flow of our economic system so they reap 90% of the nation's gains while the rest of the country remains stagnant. They did this by, among other things, financing campaigns of fear of "socialism" and buying political influence.

The public mouthpiece of the gun lobby, the NRA, has around 4.5 million members*, they represent about 1.5% of the country. How is it that a coalition of cowards, capitalists, and fear-mongers has managed to capture the national dialogue, and prevent policy implementations supported by over 90% of the rest of us?

I get the power of the wealthy elite, it's just economic resources cleverly applied. But I don't get how a mob relying on incoherent psychobabble** can actually hold up the political process? How is it that senators are afraid of their NRA rating, when only 1.5% of the country actually belongs?

When is this country going to wake up and treat the NRA like the paper tiger they really are?

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* If you can believe their counts: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/does-t...

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"We need guns to defend against government tyranny." - No, the best defence against government tyranny is an informed and engaged electorate...you know, people who won't vote for people like Mark Sanford just because of his party affiliation.

"We need guns to defend against government tyranny.(2)" - Yeah, good luck against one Apache helicopter.

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." - Yeah, so when you were praising the cops in Boston, were they the good guys, or part of that government tyranny?

"...2nd Amendment blah blah..." - Yeah, you really don't understand the phrase "well regulated militia", do you?
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