Obnoxious but not lethal gas
NRA and gun industry spokesman Wayne LaPierre is just passing gas, obnoxious but not lethal, when he pronounces that the answer to mass murders by guns is armed guards in every school in America. LaPierre knows full well this is a b---s--- answer, but people who lie for a living don’t care about such things. Let’s take a minute and look at that idiot suggestion.
Mass murders by armed to the teeth people have taken place in schools, to be sure, but they’ve also taken place in shopping malls, movie theaters, college campuses and trains. By LaPierre’s moron logic, are we to have armed guards at all our malls and theaters? As said, LaPierre knows he’s speaking crap, because that’s his job. He’s blowing smoke and it’s a distraction from the serious matter at hand.
Like most Americans, most civilized humans, I was heartbroken by the senseless slaughter of innocents at a Connecticut elementary shool. But now I’m getting mad. I know it’s not possible to end all senseless, murderous acts of unspeakable brutality and callousness, but we must try to limit them. All the reasonable steps to do so have been enumerated: stronger gun laws, a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons and magazine clips that hold more than 7 bullets, better background checks and more mental health services, all as suggested by Michael Moore and others are necessary immediate actions.
We cannot end risk and suffering and blind chance in life, these are among life’s components, but we can use our intelligence and our own instincts to preserve life. And we have to acknowledge that ours is a uniquely violent country with a tremendously high score in gun killings. We have to recognize that we live in a culture of violence and that we are responsible for it at some level, even if it’s only our acquiescence to it. Until we change how we resort to and relate to violence and its many faces, we will remain victimized by it.