The NRA’s madman leader Wayne LaPierre is at it again. In an address to the NRA convention in Houston today, LaPierre invoked the Boston Marathon bombing as proof that we need even more guns on the streets of America.
First, LaPierre’s inanity, then some analysis:
Imagine living in a large metropolitan area where lawful firearms ownership is heavily regulated and discouraged. Imagine waking up to a phone call from the police, warning that a terrorist event is occurring outside and ordering you to stay inside your home.’m talking, of course, about Boston. Where residents were imprisoned behind the locked doors of their homes — a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside. Frightened citizens, sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever may come crashing through the door.How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago? How many other Americans now ponder that life-or-death question?
Lying in wait is a terrorist, a deranged school shooter, a kidnapper, a rapist, a murderer — waiting and planning and plotting — in every community across this country. Lying in wait right now. No amount of political schemes, congressional legislation, presidential commissions, or media roundtables will ever change that inevitable reality.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No bill in Congress, no Rose Garden speech will ever change the inescapable fact that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Interesting, since the MIT police officer who was brutally shot dead – with a gun – by the terrorists, presumably had a gun himself as MIT cops are armed. It didn’t help. And the nearly 300 people who got blown up at the marathon wouldn’t have been helped by a gun either. In fact, had the terrorists had guns, they could have killed far more people – just as the Sandy Hook shooter was able to massacre 20 children, alone, with guns. So the good guy had a gun. But because the bad guy had a gun too, the good guy is now dead. So the actual solution is that the bad guy not have guns in the first place.
As for having the entire city armed with weapons, can you imagine what would have happened? Tell me a federal agent wouldn’t have been dead, knocking on some door, surprising the resident, who immediately shot them? The NRA dreams of the day that every American has a gun, that we all end up being hunters in the city, looking for the next “bad guy” to murder. It’s a rather sickening vision of the future. Then again, this is the way the NRA sells more guns. But constantly trying to scare the bejeesus out of people. With all the massacres, including massacres of children, that Americans face multiple times a year now, it’s the only way gun nuts can sell more guns – by arguing that we now need even more guns in order to stop the guns the gun nuts put there in the first place.
But we’re dealing with political extremists, the gun nuts, who will say anything, use any tragedy, in order to fulfill their goal of helping the gun makers get rich by putting even more guns on the street, and helping further America’s cult-fascinating, cult-embrace of violence.
LaPierre also said that gun control advocates want violence to happen – want children to be shot dead – so that we can better push our anti-gun agenda:
Already, they are conspiring in private. Re-grouping, planning, preparing, organizing, even waiting for the, quote “next Newtown” — the next tragedy to come, the next senseless, horrific crime to exploit.
Says the man who immediately exploited Newtown and now is exploiting the Boston Marathon bombing. Stephen Colbert recently expressed his sympathy for the NRA and its stooges like NH GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte. Colbert called them the “senseless victims of victims.”
The even bigger problem than guns in our culture is our culture’s love of violence. And that love of violence is only furthered by people like the NRA. What the NRA never wants to talk about is why America has more guns than most anywhere, yet we also have more violence. Is it that Americans are worse people than most foreigners? Is it really that Americans are crazier, more in need of mental health, than non-Americans? Is that really the NRA’s line? Or is that, for whatever reason, the more guns we put on the streets the more violence we seem to have.
And now the NRA is using the dead and wounded in Boston to push their pro-gun agenda, as always.
And LaPierre is wrong. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is not a good guy with a gun. You could always just take all the guns away and refuse to play the game in the first place.