In the wake of the horrific mass murders in Connecticut last month, the NRA held what it promoted as a ground-breaking press “conference” to offer its contribution to solving gun violence. (I put “conference” in the online equivalent of air quotation marks, because usually a press conference means reporters can ask questions, none of which were taken at this particular event.) Were they finally going to accept some reasonable limitations on automatic weapons? Or perhaps offer ways to strengthen background checks? (Okay, you can stop laughing now, but I’m an eternal optimist and for a few days I thought THIS could be the time when the NRA finally promoted the views of its own members, an overwhelming majority of whom support those types of very reasonable laws.)
As we all know, the press conference was simply an excuse to advocate for MORE guns, since the gun lobby is promoting the ridiculous notion of having armed guards in every school. Logic has never deterred this group, but you’d think someone might have noticed that there WAS an armed guard at Virginia Tech who couldn’t stop that particular mass shooting. Taking the NRA ludicrous logic to its own extreme, the only REAL solution is simply to have everyone armed – so our schools, and our society, will look like some apocalyptic futuristic movie about psychotic vigilantes (or like a particularly dark Monty Python sketch).
So far, the NRA isn’t offering to explain to our kids why they need to see guns in their classrooms, so I’ve taken care of it for them (tongue planted firmly in cheek), with a little ditty”¦