Tuesday, February 19, 2013

For the NRA, Violence Begets Nonsense

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (David Keene is the President) has been much in the news since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. His message has been consistent throughout the outpouring of grief for the murdered children and the adults who tried to protect them, and for the demands for more effective gun control laws. Not only, "no," but, "Hell no!"

Mr. LaPierre says America's culture of violence is at fault for the cascade of mass shootings in America. He blames Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole for "blood soaked" movies and video games.

Mr. LaPierre laid the blame for the Newtown massacre squarely at the feet of the people who make schools gun free zones. He claims people intent on killing target such areas. Mr. LaPierre would have us arm teachers and school administrators.

In effect, Mr. La Pierre's answer to our violent society is to seed it with more guns. If we were experiencing an agonizing eruption of arson, Mr. LaPierre would, by the same logic, promote gasoline and blowtorches.

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