Will the senseless shootings at an Orlando night club trigger any changes in the laws regulating firearms? Four years after the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, we don’t yet have universal background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines, or bans on military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, despite widespread popular support for these measures.
Could it be that our representative government is more responsive to money interests than it is to the wishes of mere citizens?
Whatever your No. 1 cause is – gun control, mitigating climate change, immigration reform, income inequality, health care – you should make getting money out of politics your No. 2. Join with the national organization Move to Amend in its mission to build a democracy accountable to the people, rather than to the wealthy special interests.
Move to Amend’s goal is a new amendment to the Constitution which would clearly establish that corporations are not persons entitled to constitutional rights and that spending money is not equivalent to exercising free speech. Visit www.movetoamend.orgto read the text of the proposed amendment.
ROBERT PETHOUD, FRESNO