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The NRA acts against liberty and reason

December 27, 2012

johnny_automatic_ray_gunI have stayed pretty quiet about the Sandy Hook shootings. This is mostly because I feel it bad policy to talk about issues when emotions are high for those participating in such discussions. And thanks to a very nice holiday vacation I haven’t actually taken the time until today to study the press release from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. I haven’t been a fan of NRA for years; they are too single focused on a single issue to be of help to liberty lovers.

This part of the press release is where they should have stopped:

Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.

If only they had stayed quiet things would be much better. They did however make one more good statement shortly after that:

Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones.

OK, still doing good here. Like many I believe Gun-Free School Zones has been a step backwards in school security. At this point it would have been good to highlight the benefits of repealing the Gun-Free School Zones Act. So lets look further down the press release:

How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

Uh-oh, this isn’t headed a good direction…

The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly evercomprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn’t planning his attack on a school he’s already identified at this very moment?

Really? Demons walking among us? This is supposed to be a reasonable discussion?

Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”

Damn, did they really just trample on the 1st amendment in their defense of the 2nd amendment? Do they not realize the continued weakening of one part of the original 10 amendments makes it easier to weaken others? If they were going to travel this path it would have been better to point out how these games, movies, and music videos are a reflection of a violent society; but instead they made it look like these are the causes of violence.

And throughout it all, too many in our national media … their corporate owners … and their stockholders … act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

 The above paragraph actually showed some promise. It was an attack upon the mainstream media, something I think is always worthy! They even go on to imply that “cries for more laws” is a bad thing! If you had stuck to this argument it would have great!

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Fuck, they went there! Instead of sticking down the path of liberty and choice they went the big-government route. Really, an armed security guard in every school? How much more is that going to add to the cost of public education with little or no safety in return?

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

And a call to Congress! Really? Call upon legislatures to waste even more taxpayer dollars? At this point I am getting so disgusted that I will only retrieve one more portion of the press release:

There’ll be time for talk and debate later. This is the time, this is the day for decisive action.

Wow, the NRA wrote this like a true politician. Instead of asking for reason and debate the NRA wants us to act first and ask questions later. What kind of defense is that? With a theory like that its no wonder the NRA has become anti-liberty.

There are so many reasonable ways the NRA could have added to the public debate about school-shootings and gun rights. Instead the NRA decided our society is full of demons caused by modern entertainment. And their solution is to make government bigger… The only good I can see coming out of this is a large bureaucratic gun lobby organization losing support. That will leave more room for organizations that actually care about reason and liberty.


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