After a tragedy like the
The organization's hysteric solution to gun violence in America is to put designated sitting ducks -- er, "armed police officers" -- in every American school. Apparently the secret is now out that such places are "gun-free," and LaPierre says that "(gun-free school zones) tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."
Why don't school shootings happen every day, then? Probably because "insane killers" aren't bestowed with the logical thought processes attributed to them by the NRA chief. That's why they are, by definition, insane.
Similarly, why does every scenario proposed by the NRA always amount to something straight out of a
A burglar enters your home with a gun.
Most likely he just wants to steal your stuff and take off. The fact that he's already desperate enough to have committed a burglary means that he's hard up for cash or goods at best, unstable at worst. So, best to get your gun, point it at the intruder and pull the trigger, right? NO!
While that might sound easy, he still has the advantage -- unless you're a legitimate psychopath yourself. Brigadier Gen.
Someone runs up to you in a parking lot, holds up a gun and tells you to give him your money.
The NRA would have you pull out your own gun and shoot him. Problem solved, right? NO!
The perpetrator has two significant advantages over the average person with a gun: He's first, and he's crazy. And if he sees the slightest hint that you're packing a gun, you're as good as dead. In reality, if he's close enough to want to take something from you, then he's close enough for you to use an alternative to a firearm. You'd be better off with one of these new high-tech 10 percent pepper gel devices made in
A gunman walks into a shopping center and opens fire with an assault weapon.
In NRA-land, everyone would have a gun and just take the guy out. So if there were 100 people with guns present -- the NRA's dream -- every single bullet would slice through the bad guy and everyone would just continue on with their business. More realistically, everyone would be firing bullets into each other, into storefronts, into the guy dressed up in an animal costume handing out promotional flyers.
Indeed, there are people who have the skills, training, expertise, physical and mental rigor, discipline and psychological training to perform the sort of heroism that the NRA likes to attribute to anyone capable of holding a firearm. Those people are called snipers, and even among military members, they are uniquely qualified for their roles. Their specific psychological training to overcome the natural human aversion to killing at close range is what gave the British the advantage against the Argentineans in the Falklands War. People who believe themselves to be similarly capable probably also think that they can beat
We need sensible, effective, intelligent solutions, not gratuitously self-serving agenda-pushing. Because the more out of hand things get, the greater the risk of reaching the point of total crackdown on freedom.
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- Newtown Shines Spotlight on Mental Health
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- Fine Words, Delayed Action
- On Newtown, Mourn First, then Act
- School Shooting a Watershed Moment
- News and Social Media Amok
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- Hurricane Sandy's Wakeup Call
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