Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:25 PM
applegrove (68,929 posts)
"When Gun Nuts Write Gun Laws, Nuts Have Guns" by Tom Scocca at Slate
When Gun Nuts Write Gun Laws, Nuts Have Guns
by Tom Scocca at Slate
So this is what Wayne LaPierre came up with, with a week to reflect on the news that a law-abiding gun owner's legally purchased rifle, in the hands of her firearm-trained son, had been used to slaughter 20 kids: more guns, more law-abiding gun owners, more more more lead-spraying death machinery, more killing to stop the killers until all the killers have been killed. Only when we have eliminated the threat of "gun-free school zones," the danger and horror of children going through a school day unsurrounded by the implements of death, will we all feel safe.
People who live in the world of causes and effects and verifiable truths, the world the NRA has long since abandoned, had no trouble pointing out the flaws in LaPierre's analysis—the fact, for instance, that there had been an armed deputy sheriff on duty at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Around the time LaPierre was speaking, someone in Pennsylvania was shooting another batch of people, including armed state troopers.
Guns kill people. More guns kill more people. What the NRA gets wrong—intentionally or delusionally or, in the psychologically and financially profitable zone where intention and delusion overlap—is its bedrock premise: that gun killings are the work of Bad Guys, predators whose drive to hurt and steal and kill cannot be stopped by anything but a brave Good Guy armed with a powerful firearm and, not at all incidentally, trained through an NRA-backed firearms-training program.
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"When Gun Nuts Write Gun Laws, Nuts Have Guns" by Tom Scocca at Slate (Original post)
Response to applegrove (Original post)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:37 PM
Thinkingabout (18,779 posts)
1. i find it interesting the commom objects at the mass murders is guns.
We have not had movies in any form thrown at the victims, no video games thrown and victims died. I am not saying movies and video games have no influence on decisions to go on a shooting rampage but they bring guns. I think we need to make a big change in our mental health system but we have to get the guns under control, if Wayne had stressed improvements in movie selections, video game selections, mental health and restrictions on guns his press conference "discussion" without questions might have sounded like a sane move. He is speaking like a defense attorney on behalf of his very guilty client.
Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #1)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:39 PM
applegrove (68,929 posts)
2. He's quite stupid. He just conjured up a big fat bull's eye for the victims
of all the tragedies to focus on. But I bet the NRA is taking this stance because they want Americans to become increasingly scared because people filled with fear think only on their and their family's own best interest and have less empathy: just like your average republican voter. The NRA/GOP have the same agenda.