The NRA's chief mouthpiece spoke today in complete denial of the situation involving guns and mass shootings in this country. From the moment Wayne La Pierre opened his mouth it was clear the Association was not going to be conciliatory with recent calls for some type of gun control. Instead he called for more guns. He called on congress to"appropriate whatever is necessary to put an armed police officer in every single school in the country." He didn't offer to pay for that. Strange a group that could spend 170 million dollars to defeat a candidate who didn't agree with them in Tennessee, didn't offer a dime to pay for his proposal.
Passing the buck he placed blame on video games, such as "Grand Theft Auto, Bullet Storm, and Splatter House." No doubt violent games don't help the situation, but lets not forget those games are based on the weapons available in the market. He also blamed violent movies. He took it a step further by implying that "Gun Free Zones" encourage these shootings. Ft hood was not a gun free zone.
Explaining why the NRA went silent after the Newtown massacre, La Pierre said it was out of respect for the victims and the families of the victims. Not the fact the Association was scampering with its tail between its legs sensing public outrage regarding its stand on the availability of firearms. In other words, they were waiting for things to cool off.
He didn't address calls for an assault "type" weapons ban, or the call to ban large capacity clips and magazines. It is obvious the NRA is both in denial and not willing to compromise on the availability and access to firearms.
Semantics and head games
- Banning these guns from the public while the Secret Service and other agencies protect our leaders and legislators with them, not affording our children the same protection is a head game. If these weapons weren't available on the market, there would be no need to protect people with them. Taking a page out of their own semantics book, the president is protected with weapons which are fully automatic, not "semi-auto."
- La Pierre said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun." Denying access to them is another way.
- Guns don't kill people. People do. You mean like "earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do." See what I did there?
- Assault weapons is a made up term. These weapons are not automatic. Really? When a gun dealer was asked "how fast do these[AR-15's] fire?"He response was, "how fast can you pull the trigger?" They can fire more than 100 rounds a minute.
- If only someone had a concealed weapon, the shooter could have been stopped. Not true. Not once in more than 100 mass shootings has this been the case. People will site three cases that do not help their argument any. Luby's in Texas(weapon was left in the car). A Church shooting in Colorado(assailant shot by a security volunteer). A high school in Mississippi(shooter stopped after the fact).
- Cars kill people too. Yes, so do toasters, blenders, jet ski's, snow mobiles etc. Why not outlaw those. Silly time as President Obama would say. The difference is these things weren't designed to kill. Guns are.
- Legally registered and owned firearms are not the problem. Um, regarding mass shootings they are. In 62 mass shootings since 1982, 142 guns were used. 75 percent of which were legally owned and registered.
There are many, many more examples. Instead of compromise on banning assault type weapons, extended clips, and magazines, we'll make children carry bulletproof backpacks. That just makes no sense, and quite frankly, is just plain silly.