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Idiot of the Day, Month, Year: Wayne La Pierre

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

--The NRA's Wayne La Pierre during a press conference, his first since Newtown, in which he suggested we prevent future school massacres by employing armed guards at every school in the country. A transcript, and a video of his talk, is available here.

Rebuttal from Andrew Sullivan's readers, including a reminder that Columbine had armed guards, not to mention the cost of what La Pierre is suggesting, is available here.

My thoughts? La Pierre is bad for the NRA, which is bad for America. So are all the fools ascribing cultural factors, such as violence in movies and violence in video games, to the various massacres in this country. Because aren't such movies and video games sold and watched and played all over the world? So why the problems here? Is it in our nature? Is America unexceptional? As for the supposed lack of God in our culture, isn't Europe more Godless? Isn't that what these same folks say? So why so much murder here? Why not there?

Let's face it: we have a bit of a gun problem. It's fucking obvious.

Do we blame the 2nd amendment? I was in a discussion about this on Facebook the other day, with people who supported the invidual rights interpretation of the amendment (“the right of the people to keep and bear arms”) rather than the collectivist rights interpretation (“A well regulated militia,” etc.).

Here's the version of the amendment as passed by Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here's the version as ratified by the States:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

We lost two commas and a capital “A,” but both versions contain 27 words. Thirteen of those tend to be ignored by Wayne La Pierre and the NRA. But why ignore them? Seriously. What is the above really saying? It's saying, “Because X, therefore Y.” But X is no longer true. We have a regular army and a National Guard. A well regulated militia is no longer necessary for the security of a free state. And if X is no longer true, Y is no longer therefore.

I know. The U.S. Supreme Court doesn't agree with me. But it used to. For most of its history.

As for La Pierre's quote above about good guys and bad guys with guns? It's the product of Hollywood stupidity. Stupid liberal Hollywood.

Wayne La Pierre of the NRA at a post-Newtown press conference

Wayne La Pierre of the NRA at a post-Newtown press conference

Wayne La Pierre of the NRA gave a post-Newtown press conference today (top), which was interrupted by a different message than the one he was bringing (bottom).


Posted at 05:58 PM on Fri. Dec 21, 2012 in category Politics  
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COMMENTS

Bill Harrison wrote:

I think it's time to repeal the Second amendment as obsolete and wrong!

Comment posted on Sat. Dec 22, 2012 at 07:49 AM

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