Friday, May 10, 2013

LaPierre and the NRA - Who is Exploiting Whom?

Last week, the NRA held its annual convention.  The theme this year:  Stand and Fight.  

Wayne LaPierre gave the keynote speech exhorting the members to "remain vigilant, every resolute and steadfastly growing and preparing for the even more critical battles that loom before us."  He claimed that gun control supporters are led by the "media elite" and are "conspiring right now, regrouping, planning, organizing" to exploit "the next horrific crime".

Mr. LaPierre also brought up previous gun related tragedies:  The Senate bill "wouldn't have prevented Newton, couldn't have prevented Tucson or Aurora and won't prevent the next tragedy, and then asked "How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"

what eye thynk:   There are so many things wrong with Mr. LaPierre's dramatically over-the-top speech, so many things wrong with exhorting your members to protect their firearms while admitting that there will be a "next horrific crime" probably involving some of those same firearms.  There are so many things wrong with calling those who would stand up and attempt to prevent more tragedy exploiters.

Mr. LaPierre, you claim that the Senate bills wouldn't have prevented Newton, or Tucson or Aurora; but I have to wonder.  If assault weapons were banned, would the Aurora shooter even have had one?  If magazine size had been limited, would some of those Newtown children have escaped? 

But the one quote that really grabbed my attention was this one: "How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"  

Mr. LaPierre, I'm simply going to throw one of your arguments right back in your face...the Senate bill wouldn't have prevented Boston.  No one saw the bombs being placed, so at whom were all those gun toting heroes going to shoot?  

Boston is a tragedy; but it has nothing to do with guns--controlled or otherwise--and using it to support your fight for more guns, in more places, wielded by more people is simply, well, exploitative.

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