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Profiles in Political Hypocrisy: The U.S. Congress

Only hypocrisy and demagoguery can explain Republican opposition to gun regulation, alleging potential infringement of constitutional freedoms -- alongside Republican support for monitoring American citizens based solely on religion and empowering the government to deprive citizens of their rights, by deeming them enemy combatants.

The Congress won't restrict sales of automatic weapons and high capacity magazine ammunition, or enact universal background checks on gun purchases, claiming these measures: Restrict Americans' freedoms, inexorably lead to additional restrictions on constitutional rights, and increase the power of a government which can't be trusted. However, following the Boston Marathon bombing, these same politicians now demand suspensions of significant American rights -- without any concern for legality, the slippery path to additional restrictions on constitutional rights, whether the government will use its new powers wisely, or how religious prejudices will be inflamed.

According to Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and his primarily Republican allies in Congress, the government can't be trusted on gun control because it's the first step in a conspiracy to confiscate all guns by erasing "the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution." Americans, according to the NRA, need their guns to protect themselves from threats (such as Latin American drug gangs) that: "have invaded every city of significant size in the United States."

Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina) proudly tells us he voted against legislation that would have required universal background checks for gun purchasers, limited magazine size, and banned the sale of assault weapons -- because these limitations would allow a government which can't be trusted to restrict Americans' freedoms. And, thanks to Senator Graham and the GOP, none of these proposals became law.