NRA: totally unhelpful

One week after the atrocity at Sandy Hook school in Newton, Connecticut the National Rifle Association, a staunch proponent of the “American Way” and of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, has broken its silence. Wayne LaPierre, its chief executive, said that laws proposed by the government to designate schools as gun-free zones were misguided.

“They tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”

He further stated that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and proposed that there be armed guards in every school in the country.

It’s unlikely that these half-baked ideas will catch on with anybody in the upper echelons of the US government. If they took that hare-brained step then schools wouldn’t be safe for anybody. And it would only be a matter of time before the USA became a true dystopia, a place where everyone was armed, where nobody could trust anybody and where it would take just a raised voice or a mistaken glance to spark a shoot-out.

And the solution to the USA’s perennial gun debate that I suggested in my last post would come about much sooner with everybody shooting everybody else dead. But then that’s how the USA got started, with the genocide of the native population. The shootings will continue. It’s who the American people are.

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