Saturday, December 22, 2012

NYT Editorial – on LaPierre's "deranged rant"

We all know it was not a “press conference” – It was Wayne LaPierre telling the USA what to do and what to think - becausehethinkshecan.

Anyway, the NY Times came back with an editorial that is pretty darn good.
Here’s snips - about the creepy crawlies:

Still, we were stunned by Mr. LaPierre’s mendacious, delusional, almost deranged rant.

Mr. LaPierre looked wild-eyed at times as he said the killing was the fault of the media, songwriters and singers and the people who listen to them, movie and TV scriptwriters and the people who watch their work, advocates of gun control, video game makers and video game players.

People like Mr. LaPierre want us to believe that civilians can be trained to use lethal force with cold precision in moments of fear and crisis. That requires a willful ignorance about the facts.
Have to share this - from the 1994 ALEC Annual Meeting

BUT – it’s worth it to read the comments from the Times also.
I've been on-the-fence on gun control, but the NRA's position stated today has made up my mind as a life-long conservative Republican: if they represent gun owners' beliefs that we should raise our children in a military-type environment of fear with armed guards all around them in the most-free country in the world, then the NRA is un-American. I'm proud that my grandchildren, and most of the kids in this country, can play and go to school without armed "soldiers" standing over them like a Middle East country. My grandkids have never seen a real gun because they're too young to have to deal with their deadly potential. There simply is no valid reason for private possession of assault weapons; handguns, rifles, and shotguns OK. I guess I'm gonna have to learn how to be an activist to try to show the NRA leadership up for its cowardice, hiding behind military weapons designed to kill large numbers of people in war. Today is the NRA's greatest day of shame. The unfortunate reality is that a free society can never provide enough security of any kind to protect every last school in the country from a lone, deluded murderer. A suicidal killer will find a way to carry out his evil plan even if there was an armed guard in every classroom.

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