Monday, December 24, 2012
You Expected A Miracle?
In their announcement of the upcoming press conference last week there seemed to be the smallest hint of change, that maybe even they were horrified at the thought of twenty 6 and 7 year old's being slaughtered. They hyped the press conference endlessly to the media, practically begging for a huge turnout, almost implying that what Wayne LaPierre, the NRA CEO, would say would be a departure from his and the organizations defiance of the past.
Well, if you thought that you're the definition of a sucker. He blamed the Sandy Hook shooting and others on the media and violence in movies, TV and video games. Then came the kicker; he had a solution to the problem of mass school shootings and pledged the NRA would put their full efforts behind the idea. The NRA wants to stop school violence by putting an armed cop in every school in America. I won't go into all the possible bad scenarios that could result if this idea were implemented; I think you can imagine a few on your own.
What did you think he was going to say? That the NRA was now willing to sit down with community groups, school boards and legislators and try to come up with solutions to the problem? Sucker. The NRA exists for one reason only, to lobby for what is best for its' sponsors and benefactors, the gun manufacturers of America. What is best for those manufacturers is increased sales. Period. They don't care who dies or how many from gun violence. They only care about increasing gun sales. The NRA is their lobbying group whose job it is to create a climate and influence legislation that will ensure more gun sales.
As long as gun sales are brisk, dead children are collateral damage.