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Senate contradicts will of majority of Americans

Forget “Mad Men.” All a persuasive ad agency needs in 2013 are the tactics of the tea party and the National Rifle Association. They have the infinite capacity to convince Congress that right is wrong, that far right is right and that a flat surface is a slippery slope. Spineless Harry Reid capitulated to them even before the fight began by eliminating from consideration a discussion about assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The aforementioned mad men strong-armed 46 members of the Senate to contradict the will of 90 percent of the American public, including many NRA members, who wish to rein in the unfettered ease of access to all kinds of guns without so much as a background check! (Since when does 54 percent not constitute a majority?)

For future advertising people: Fear is better than persuasion. Artifice is preferred to truth. Live votes matter. Dead children don’t. Second Amendment distortion supersedes First Amendment rights. The loudest voice matters.

Twenty-six victims of the Newtown gun massacre are unable to speak for themselves. Their spokespeople are too truthful, too respectful, too polite, too sensible to overcome the resistance of 54 senators fearful of losing re-election.

Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propagandist, had it right: If you repeat a lie often enough, it’ll be perceived as the truth.

Hallie Morrison Block

Williamsville