Liberals are fascinated with ultra-conservative paranoia about government coming to take away their arsenals. This may explain the ridiculous over-coverage by the media this past week of the speech by Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association. As wacky as his ideas might have been, the media covered his speech with the kind of reverence normally reserved for a presidential address. LaPierre asserted that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Folks, have we lost our ability to think ? Not only does the evidence show that his statement is inaccurate – England, with the same violent movies and games is able to stop bad guys without arming good guys through lax gun laws – it also asks us to follow him into the looking glass by checking our brains at the door.
Consider the following. You can walk into any classical music concert in this country unimpeded and unchecked for weapons. Should we have armed good guys protecting us at every philharmonic concert? There are literally hundreds of thousands of houses of worship open to the public every weekend in this country. Should we have armed good guys at every service? Should we have armed good guys throughout even the smallest sporting events? Post offices? Town Halls? Selectmen’s meetings? Throughout parades hidden like secret service agents? Every movie theater? Dance? Knitting circle?
You get the idea. The only appropriate response to LaPierre’s naked promotion of even more gun sales is ridicule. He shows no shame at having opposed the idea of limiting the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons with giant ammunition clips which were used in the slaughter of innocent children. This idea of arming yet more people with unlimited ammunition deserves to be treated as an ignorant joke by sensible NRA members … and by us.
Fred Rich LaRiccia & Terrence McGinty