Friday, December 21, 2012
Today, the National Rifle Association had a press conference to address last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, was twice interrupted by protestors from CodePink. The complete transcript of the press conference can be found here. Some highlights include his blaming real-life gun violence on video games, movies, music videos and the media. A solution? Armed security at schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said. (And the crossfire is always so enjoyable!) He didn’t say how schools — some of which have been eliminating basics like gym and art classes for years — would pay for such security. Maybe he wants the teachers to go on DonorsChoose.org, where they now plead for donations to buy often basic classroom supplies, and beg for bullets instead. (I recommend that you browse DonorsChoose; be prepared to get a whole bunch of construction-paper thank-you cards when you fund a project.)
Every time a representative of the NRA speaks, I think of the Family Guy episode that suggested that the Second Amendment has been misinterpreted.
That option seems about as sensible as what the NRA has to say!
UPDATED TO ADD: I guess LaPierre is a gundamentalist.