Remind me again how we’re supposed to play all nice and such when people start with “crazy”, “decadent” and “depraved” and then go downhill from there?
I think a Fisking is called for!
LaPierre: “Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
Reality: LaPierre’s logic ironically follows that of the video games he elsewhere condemns: that evil killers are simply looking to maximize their body-count. If that were true, and if “Gun-Free School Zones” were the best way to accomplish this mission, we would actually have seen a lotmore school shootings than we have.
Fun Fact: Every single mass shooting since 1950 has happened in a “gun free zone”, except Tucson, where Gabby Giffords waved off her Sheriff’s detail and went it alone. And the first armed responder to the horror? A CCW holder, with his gun. And Ft Hood? Soldiers can’t carry guns on a base unless they’re MP’s.Thank you, President Clinton.
LaPierre: “And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm,Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse.”
Reality: Let’s see how much media attention Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming, and reportedly violent, Django Unchained receives, and then maybe reassess the claim that the media try to conceal violent video games, movies, and the like.
Fun Fact: Well let’s start off with the star of said movie saying that yeah, it is a little over the top. And then let’s move on to longtime Taratino favorite Samuel L. Jackson NOT blaming guns or movies for this outrage. Mission, as they say, accomplished.
LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Reality: This might be the most accurate thing LaPierre said. Contra other conservatives, who have urged children to bum-rush the adult carrying the semi-automatic, this is in most cases true—it’s why Secret Service agents are, indeed, armed.
Fun Fact: Hey, that’s why I carry a gun, too! Go figure! And I can shoot right up there with Federal Air Marshals. So great, we all sorta-support the main idea behind LaPierre’s “insane” comments. The NRA: A uniter, not a divider!
LaPierre: “With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can’t afford to put a police officer in every school?”
Reality: LaPierre’s actually right about this, too. There has been absolutely no pressure, at all, to cut down on the amount of money the federal government presently spends, least of all from people like NRA board member Grover Norquist.
Fun Fact: Did I wake up in some kind of parallel dimension where the left is fiscally conservative all of a sudden, just because the NRA comes up with a good idea?
LaPierre: “But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security? Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?”
Reality: It’s possible. It’s also possible that that qualified, armed security would have been the second fatality of the day (the first was Lanza’s mother, who, as we know, owned guns). It’s also possible that the qualified, armed security, in the heat of the moment and firing at close quarters, would have shot the wrong people—much like New York’s Finest during the Empire State Building shooting earlier this year. So, in sum: Yes, it’s possible, but it’s not probable, and there is probably a better alternative to discouraging future mass shootings.
Fun Fact: Who defines “possible” versus “probable” here? Yes, there is always the possibility of a stray round going into an innocent bystander, but one thing we know with absolute certainty is that a gunman stops every time they run into someone with the will and means to stop them.
LaPierre: “I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school—and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.”
Reality: Putting hundreds of thousands of guns in hundreds of thousands of new hands would require careful vetting to make sure that none of those hundreds of thousands of guns fall into the wrong hands. So clearly we should do that as hastily as possible.
Fun Fact: Hey, let’s let the BATFE take care of vetting who should and should not get guns. Or you know, not.
LaPierre: “We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work—and by that I mean armed security.”
Reality: Where is the proof that armed security is the optimal protection program, or even that it works at all?
Fun Fact: Because every single mass shooting ends when and only when the shooter is confronted by people willing to stop them that’s why.
Every. Single one. Seems to me that having someone there with the will and means to stop these crazies in their tracks is the way to go, rather than disarming the innocent and hoping it doesn’t happen again.
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December 21st, 2012 by exurbankevin