Wayne LaPierre of the NRA Launches "Worst Idea Ever" Campaign
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president (isn't that the title Mr. Burns once gave to a dog?) of the National Rifle Association, NRA, said in a news conference that, in the wake of the horrific tragedy in Connecticut, every school in the United States should have an armed police officer stationed within its walls of education.
Because, if Hollywood has taught me anything - and it has - it's that more guns is *always* the answer.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,"Weeeellll...that's not entirely true. Let me just say two words by way of a response: Fort Hood. Nidal Malik Hasan was one "bad guy with a gun" who lost his marbles on an army base, surrounded by "good guys with guns", but he still killed 13 people (one pregnant woman whose fetus also died) and wounded 29 others. It seems like more guns isn't really the answer.
Or the other option would be to have sensible gun ownership laws that prohibit having military style assault rifles. I KNOW! I KNOW! I'm suggesting that infringing upon your rights JUST A SMIDGE maybe, just might, sort of prevent the mentally ill persons who generally commit these types of random attacks from being able to get hold of weapons that do tremendous damage.
His agenda firmly in mind, LaPierre is saying that in the interest of keeping children and the innocent safe from super rare occurrences of gun violence, he would suggest putting children and the innocent within grasping range of guns at all times. That seems odd to me.
Hey, did you know that on the same day that the tragedy happened in Connecticut, some jackass went crazy in Henan province in China with a knife and stabbed 22 kids between 6 and 11 years old at an elementary school? I can hear LaPierre now saying something like, "See, knives kill people too! You can't ban knives. Guns don't kill people - people kill people."
Except for one tiny little skooshy small weeny bit of a difference: none of the 22 kids died in China. Not one of them. The assailant was tackled and arrested, the injured were taken to hospitals and treated, and no one got buried. Guns *do* kill people, and they do it WAY more effectively than other tools, mostly because, well, that's what guns are designed to do. You can't make a nice Cobb salad with a military assault rifle.
Well, the avocado might have a bit too much gun oil on it....