Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:04 PM
applegrove (75,807 posts)
"The Idea That an Armed Good Guy Can Stop an Armed Bad Guy is Not Borne Out by Realit "
The Idea That an Armed Good Guy Can Stop an Armed Bad Guy is Not Borne Out by Reality
By: Rmuse at Politicus USA
When human beings have a conscience and nominal ethics, they feel guilt when they believe in their heart they violated a moral standard. Conversely, when people are without a conscience and lack a moral compass, instead of feeling guilt for their bad behavior, their first inclination is to blame others with fraudulent accusations to create negative perceptions and portray themselves in a positive light. On Friday when NRA leader Wayne La Pierre held a press conference to defend his organization’s thirty year crusade to put an armory in every home in America, he failed to acknowledge that the proliferation of military weapons in the population had an integral part in the massacre of 20 children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
It is crucial for the pro-gun crowd to admit that if Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy, did not have enough weapons for a two-man assault team easily accessible to her mentally imbalanced son, most Americans would have never heard of Sandy Hook, or Newtown Connecticut. As the leader of the gun crowd, La Pierre blamed “blood-soaked films,” “vicious, violent video games,” lawmakers behind gun-free school zones, and the “national media machine” for putting the nation’s children at risk. Apparently, if Adam Lanza never played video games, watched movies, or read a newspaper, his twisted mind would not have led him to grab his mother’s guns and go on a murderous rampage. La Pierre’s solution to mentally disturbed young men with an arsenal at their disposal was eliminating “gun-free zones” because as he said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and by La Pierre’s standards, there can never be enough good guys with guns. One can assume that good guys are trained to shoot firearms, do not have a criminal record, and use legally purchased assault weapons; like Adam Lanza.
As troubling as the NRA’s suggestion is to education, it portends armed assault teams in every bar, mall, church, theatre, and public venue that has been marred by mass shootings and gun violence. La Pierre’s assertion that there is no public place worthy of the “gun free zone” designation, and his organization’s push to arm every citizen, will eventually lead to martial law with roving armed good guys looking for equally armed bad guys. What La Pierre is suggesting is the beginning of the police state and militarization of our society, or returning to the Wild West and re-emergence of Wyatt Earps and gunfights in public places. Last August, two NYPD officers opened fire on a suspected shooter killing him and wounding nine other innocent bystanders in a “good guy” versus “bad guy” confrontation in front of the Empire State Building in New York City. One shudders at the thought of an armed guard overreacting and opening fire in a high school hallway between classes, but that would be a constant fear parents, teachers, and students would face with armed vigilantes roaming our public schools with a license to kill.
The NRA and La Pierre’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre follows their typical response to mass shootings which is “Lie low at first, then slow-roll any legislative push for a response,” and up until La Pierre’s push for armed guards, it appeared they would be content to obstruct any gun control legislation in the wake of another mass shooting, and make no mistake, in La Pierre’s mind, all gun control is bad. In 2008, he proclaimed, “There is no element in the poisonous alchemy of the globalist gun ban crowd more dangerous to American freedom than the twin evils of gun-owner licensing and firearm registration.” Nevertheless, by 2011, Americans had registered 457,000 machine guns and 2.3 million other dangerous weapons including mines, bombs, missiles and grenades with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). The BATF is the NRA’s No. 1 government “bad guy” after President Obama and the “national media machine” putting children at risk.
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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:59 PM
toby jo (1,269 posts)
1. "the poisonous alchemy of the globalist gun ban crowd"
you've gotta be kidding
Wish this earth could just shudder and shake these human leeches off like ticks on a dog. The rest of us do fine without guns, eh?