Monday, July 27, 2015

NRA Wrong Many Levels: They Deserve No Respect, Credibility, Plausibility

Citizens Armed and Shooting Back: No Longer Targets

 Nothing to Fear Except Unfounded Fear Itself

Face-to-Fact with a Huge Part of the Problem

This a string of Wayne LaPierre quotes are the focus of this post. He as we all know, is the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president.

These 10 quotes came a mere one week after the school shootings in Newtown, CT (Sandy Hook elementary school) in December 2012. That deadly day at Sandy Hook Elementary School occurred on December 14, 2012. It was at that time when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.  Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza took his own life by shooting himself in the head.

LaPierre in a lengthy and defiant address advocated armed officers in schools and slamming the media and violent video games and movies. Some of his best quotes follow, if we can actually call them “best”the article is here fromPolitico:

1. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
2.  “We have blood-soaked films out there, like ‘American Psycho,’ ‘Natural Born Killers’ that are aired like propaganda loops on splatter days.”
3.  “And throughout it all, too many in the national media, their corporate owners and their stockholders act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators.”
4.  “But since when did the gun automatically become a bad word? A gun in the hands of a secret service agent protecting our president isn’t a bad word.”
5.  “With all the foreign aid the United State does…can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”
6.  “Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. They issue press release bragging about them. They post signs advertising them, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
7.  “How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity they crave?”
8.  “There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people through vicious and violent video games.”
9.  “We can’t lose precious time debating legislation that won’t work.”
10.  “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed officers in every single school in this nation.”

So, the question becomes, which was posed and pretty well answered from this fine article from Mother Jones. It also appeared shortly after the mass killing of all those innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook:

Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No.

Highlights – more at the link. Check it out:

As reported in [an earlier Mother Jones in-depth investigation] not one of 62 mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years has been stopped this way. More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to intervene in shooting rampages are rare — and are successful even more rarely. (i.e., two people who tried it in recent years were gravely wounded or killed.)

Law enforcement all across the country overwhelmingly hates the idea of armed citizens getting involved. And, so does the Army, too, even following the killings in Chattanooga, TN (posted here by me earlier).

Thanks for stopping by. The issue of “more guns, less crime” is far from over. 

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