Friday, December 21, 2012

The Obscenity Called the NRA


By Daniel J. Perin
Friday morning, just one week after the massacre in Newtown CT, while the nation prayerfully stood silent in memory of those lost, the NRA gave us their response to the gun violence raging throughout the nation.  Their answer:  Get more guns into the hands of the public.  Indeed, put armed guards at the door of every school In the country and preferably, arm every teacher as well.  “The only way to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.” – Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre has proposed the most ridiculous, Ill conceived and outrageous plan that one can only consider an obscenity and insult to the parents, relatives and friends of those slain in Newtown, CT.

I am so angry and my eyes still tear-filled that I can hardly form an intelligent thought about this so-called “meaningful response” from the NRA.  Has this man no decency, no common sense at all?  As far as I am concerned the blood of those children and teachers is placed squarely on his hands.  Arming more people would have the same result as falsely calling “fire” in a crowed theater.

I have no compassion for this man, nor is there any way for me to understand the blind devotion to the Second Amendment, written when it took several minutes to load a musket between shots.  It cannot in any way be meant to cover ownership and misuse of 100 round semi-automatic weapons that fire shots faster than you can see them, let alone count them.  There is NO ARGUMENT that justifies having such weapons in the hands of ANYONE other than duly enlisted military or police personnel.   People asked to give such a reason have never been able to do anything but redirect the conversation to other issues.

If we cannot resolve the abuse of the Second Amendment, mark my words, the time will come that the public rises up en masse to rescind that amendment and construct meaningful statutes to replace it.  I would expect such new regulations would allow proper gun ownership following background checks for ALL purchases including gun shows and re-sales, registration of ALL weapons, and proof of safety training that includes proper safe storage.  Additionally, I would support very strong punishment in fines and possible prison for those who are found guilty of allowing their children access to weapons improperly secured in their homes.

I have friends and family members who own guns.  Personally, I don’t want any guns anywhere near me for any reason.  I am comfortable, somewhat anyway, with people owning guns if they have satisfied regulations currently in effect.  I see a reason for sports enthusiasts to have guns, but I’m not convinced that having a gun “for protection” makes the owner or his loved ones safer.  Statistics appear to favor those without guns in the home are safer. May be debatable, but I’ll go with it.

I will not simply try to repeat all the arguments here.  My purpose here is to indicate my anger about the less than meaningful response of Mr. LaPierre and the NRA when it comes to offering anything helpful.  I suggest it would be better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.—Abraham Lincoln


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