Wayne LaPierre, Asshole

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s vice president and most visible spokesperson. Gee, Wayne, thanks for the sound byte, but fuck you. There are many things that stop a bad guy with a gun.

The bad guy might have a conscience after all.
Or he might think he’s right, and you’re wrong. And he might be right.
Much criminal activity, especially armed robbery, is drug related. How’s that War on Drugs coming, Wayne?
He might have forgotten to tie his shoelaces.
He might not be able to run as fast as you.

In short, there are many things that can stop a bad guy with a gun. But the point is, don’t you remember how recently we all laughed at Westerns on TV because they showed a populace where everyone was armed and carrying — but people still got shot down like clay pigeons. 

This speech, or performance, is pathetic.
Wayne LaPierre wants armed cops in every school. Amish ones, too, one presumes.

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December 18 solar flare.

Dec. 18 2012

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Stop making sense!

Ah, the NRA.  The Gun Culture.  What a whole bunch of strange, strange motivations lead people to own guns.  But I won’t get into that here.  My intent in this essay is to follow an NRA argument to its logical conclusion, which will become, in effect, a reductio ad absurdam.  I will construct this argument in classic Socratic form.

Q. I’m sure you have good reasons for owning your guns.  One might be hunting, which you call sport; another might be what you’d call self-defense, both from criminals and from a tyrannical government.  These two reasons are among yours, are they not?

A. They are.  To which I would add the purely aesthetic aspect of gun ownership: the feeling that comes with owning a very high quality precision instrument.

Q. I would like to ask you about the self-defense from criminals and tyrants.  Is a pistol good for such work?

A. Well, that all depends on the number and a whole lot of other factors.  But basically yes.

Q. Is a rifle better suited to fighting a tyrannical government?

A. Absolutely.  The more caliber, the more shots, the better.

Q. I thought so.  Then a semi-automatic rifle is very well suited to this purpose?

A. Yes.

Q. But not hunting.

A. I’d hope not!

Q. But if your enemy has a fully automatic weapon with 500 rounds per clip, would it not be best for you to have equal firepower?

A. Yes.

Q. You have just stated a need for equality of firepower.  Since this is a requisite for self defense in the face of a tyrant, is it also true that you would hold that owning such weapons is well within the rights of an American, under the 2nd Amendment’s guarantee of arms ownership?

A. Yes.

Q. Then the need is unlimited, because the struggle for equality of armaments will always be subject to one-upsmanship.  Eventually, you will have to argue for legal ownership of nuclear weapons.

A. That’s ridiculous!  I never said I supported any such thing, and you’re stretching your logic to extend to an area in which it does not have reason to be.

Q. I think I’ve backed you into a corner, and now you’re trying to create a new room.  You lose.



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The truth.

Children get mowed down like clay pigeons just so adults with sexual inadequacy issues can play with guns and make themselves feel virile enough to face life.

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After the Newtown murders, the debate must change.

I used to have some sort of general understanding that a mix of gun control laws would more or less provide us with an acceptable degree of safety, while affording gun enthusiasts an opportunity to engage in their so-called sport.

After the Newtown murders of 20 little children and some heroic school personnel, I cannot in good conscience claim to have that understanding any longer.

The NRA has successfully defined the entire debate for the last 50 years or longer. They claim it is a 2nd Amendment right. Then they go on to —- hey, wait a minute. Let’s examine that Constitutional claim. Let’s not let the NRA begin the debate with terminology that they have defined.

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.

Let me begin a logical argument. Arms, as defined by those living at the close of the 18th Century, were so rudimentary in comparison to today’s weapons that nobody but the most peculiar gun collector would even have such a gun in his or her possession. Yet it is these weapons that the Framers had in mind when they ratfied the 2nd Amendment. No firearm created thereafter could genuinely be said to be the opinion of any of the Framers. 

“Oh, no!” say the NRA enthusiasts. “Arms are arms, and the Supreme Court in 2010 separated the well regulated militia from the individual right to own guns. So the issue is not as you define it.”

Okay, NRA. Let’s follow your reasoning to its conclusion. I want to own a nuclear bomb, because I just like to know that I have it. I also want to own hand grenades, surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank weapons too. What, I can’t? Is that not an infringement of my Constitutional rights?

“Don’t push it. We in the NRA know you can have no legitimate reason for wanting any of that.”

But what is your ‘legitimate reason’ for owning a semi-automatic rifle?

“Hunting! And hey, let’s not forget, for protection from a tyrannical state, if we ever need it.”

Well, won’t hand grenades, nuclear weapons, SAMs, and anti-tank weapons come in handy in that eventuality? The point is, since the Framers of the Constitution had no idea what a semi-automatic weapon was, they could not legislate about it. Nor did they legislate about automobiles, and for the same reason. Yet nobody questions the right of the government to legislate every aspect of automobile design and mileage. If the NRA hadn’t already hijacked the 2nd Amendment, claiming it was pretty darn visionary of them Framers to protect their Glocks, we would be able to have a sane discussion about gun control. But we can’t, because they own the argument.

I am sick of it. This event has touched me deeply, and as a 2nd grade teacher, I can’t just pretend there’s nothing I can do about it. Yes there is. I can start writing letters to start a campaign to outlaw guns entirely. No more of this bullshit about gun control. Our culture is dominated by adults to a degree not heretofore seen, due to better medicine, no wars, and longer life expectancy — mixed with lower fertility rates. So the entire entertainment world is geared to adults. Adults own Christmas, Halloween, and everything in between.

It’s time to let kids have their world back. That means adults have to give up their toys. Their guns. Now is the time to start this movement. Don’t let it slip away; never forget Newtown.

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Thanksgiving thoughts.

Well, my brother posted something on Facebook recently saying, roughly, “Don’t shop on Thanksgiving because you’re depriving those store workers of a day spent at home with their families.” My initial thought was, Wow, I completely agree with you, brother. But then, as I do so often, I thought again.

First thing I did this morning was pee. As I accomplished this vital task, it occurred to me that someone must be working at the sewage treatment plant today, or else my pee will be going directly into the Saranac River. I looked at the bathroom light: thank you, National Grid workers, for being on the job, keeping my electricity flowing. And thank you, Time Warner workers, for keeping the servers running so I can put this piddly post online.

So, really, one can’t be so holy about it and think that, by staying home, we’re giving everyone time to be home. (And besides, what do most families do on holidays, anyway? Drink!) No matter what we do, our daily life requires people we’ll never see to be working without our thanks. 

Well, thanks, everybody. And Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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