---Ronald Reagan- February 6, 1989
Civil rights icon, democratic representative John Lewis, decided that the House of Representatives needed a little shaking up. He staged a "sit-in and was joined by quite a few of his fellow democrats, declaring that they won't move until a vote is taken on gun control. I am pleased to see that some sort of action is being taken but appalled to think that it has come to this.
I am not sure when our country got to the point where lobbyists for big businesses took control of our country and began controlling the minds and votes of our leaders.
Although I am for gun control, I understand that a great many people feel safer with hand guns in their homes. I understand that many people hunt for food and need rifles to do so. I also know that the great majority of Americans, democrat or republican, believe that people on the "no fly" or suspected terrorist lists should not be able to purchase guns. This majority believes that loop holes should be closed for gun show and Internet sales. The people who we elected to represent us should...REPRESENT US...not the NRA.
I realize that these lobbyists wield a great deal of power, but that is only because we allow them to do so. Officials need to stop taking their money, and voters need to stop believing their rhetoric. There is no "slippery slope" that takes us from preventing terrorist from purchasing killing machines to preventing a law abiding citizen from buying a handgun for protection. That is like believing that a law preventing us from poisoning someone will take us on a "slippery slope" to banning all medicine. The NRA represents gun manufacturers and sellers, and they can not have a say in representing buyers' rights as well. It is a conflict of interest, and our representatives must be there to protect us. A senator taking donations from the NRA is like a defense attorney taking donations from the plaintiff. Ridiculous, and we all suffer. Please chose wisely this election cycle. Make sure your representative is representing you!
Robert Lane's book, The Cardinal's Sin, fits right in with the killing theme. Special Ops Member, Jake Travis makes a grave error when he kills the wrong man...a Cardinal instead of an assassin. Several questions plague Jake. Did the cardinal use Jake to commit suicide, and why wasn't the assassin where he was supposed to be? Lane does a great job keeping the reader guessing as we dig through the layers of intrigue.
Joseph Finder, a true master of intrigue, keeps us guessing in Guilty Minds, as well. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is about to be exposed on a gossip web site for something he never did. Top Washington lawyer, Gideon Parnell, calls on high power investigator Nick Heller, to discover who is behind the lies and for what purpose. There are enough shoot 'em up scenes to wish for gun control, but the reader is also treated to a look into Heller's intelligent method of solving crimes.
Both of this week's books are winners, and as usual, complete reviews for these books follow this blog.
As always, full reviews of both books will follow this blog.