The Norman Transcript


May 5, 2013

U.S. leaders need to meet in the middle



What overshadows everything is the realization that the public’s opinions do not seem to matter anymore. Our voices are overridden by pandering to the PACs and NRA economic impacts on your re-election viability (Even Mr. Busch, of brewery fame, has removed himself from the NRA board.).

What about my voice and the voice of the majority of the public? Personally, when I go to Walmart here in Norman and encounter some guy with a pistol strapped to his hip, I am very uncomfortable. In my mind, anyone who leaves their house and goes to Walmart carrying a side arm is probably not in a healthy emotional state.

What about the universal background checks at gun shows? Congress has left the door wide open for the purchase of weapons of war. These weapons are easily transferred to drug cartels in Mexico and can easily be moved to their counterparts on our side of the border.

Calling the staff of the FBI and CIA to testify before another congressional hearing is a waste of their time and a waste of Congress’ time. How many of you in Congress are authorities on surveillance, the gathering of intelligence and criminal investigation? When a law man is conducting a criminal investigation, certain things should not be revealed on a public stage.

Political extremism has cost the Republican Party the last two presidential elections, and things do not look good in the 2016 elections.

Gentlemen, there is not a Roosevelt, Truman, Carl Albert, Sam Rayburn, Robert Kerr or Henry Bellmon among your ranks. Sadly, there are no men or women of that caliber on the political horizon.

Joe Griffith


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