Wayne LaPierre, Director of the NRA, held a press conference yesterday, shortly after the 9:30 moment of silence. In it, he shifted blame to Hollywood for violent movies and games, and shifted the solution to establishing armed guards and allowing armed students in the schools and arming citizens in all public places. In other words, the NRA proposes a solution that boosts gun sales. What a coincidence!
There were two armed guards at Columbine. There was an armed citizen at Tucson where Gabby Giffords was shot. The Newtown State Police Barracks responded in minutes because they are located near the school. These incidents prove the lie that armed guards and citizens will stop madmen in public places with assault weapons. LaPierre’s analogy to the banks is also false as banks eliminated armed guards decades ago.
LaPierre is a paid lobbyist for the gun industry and a liar who decieves through technical distinctions among grades of military assault weapons and shifts blame and solutions away from the gun manufacturer.
I was stunned to learn that Grover Norquist is on the NRA board of directors. Norquist, who is funded by the super-wealthy plutocratic Koch brothers, who made their money in the extraction industry, has singlehandedly gridlocked our government’s fiscal policy by targeting moderate Republicans who compromise on any tax increase. The NRA has long done the same thing, targeting any politician representing rural and western districts, with gross distortions of any attempt to regulate assault weapons.
I was down in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago and with an extra afternoon I walked the mall, ending at the Lincoln memorial, where I love to stop and read the Second Inaugural on the north wall, and the Gettysburg Address on the south wall. It continually amazes me that we found a backwoods, log-splitting, Indian-fighting, self-educated, awkward, ugly, tobacco-chewing, profanity-spewing man to persevere and save our country from the raw greed that dehumanized both owner and slave, and who could articulate his beliefs with such powerful language.
So after all of that, has government of the people, by the people and for the people perished? Or is our government now just a tool of the forces of organized greed that dehumanizes all of us?