I did it again. I watched Wayne LaPierre on the Sunday’s Meet the Press. The first words out of his mouth on Sunday, in response to a question asked about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s thoughts on gun control were that we are a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Wayne, I’m a people.
I can not believe that we the people are buying the non-statements that this guy continues to make. Usually, when you want to make a point about something… you actually do it. You state the problem as you see it and then use words to describe the facts about potential outcomes to that problem if a thing is or is not done to rectify the situation. You may then offer a plan of action that will solve the problem.
Wayne LaPierre is not solving anything. The Wayne LaPierre and NRA tactics on this campaign have been a lot of talk about absolutely nothing factual. In fact, I believe that if they get their way, nothing will be done at all OR things will be tangled up in red tape for years and years. In the mean time, more unnecessary gun deaths will take place in the United States.
One of his (LaPierre’s) points is that we need to fix our broken mental health system. Instead of universal background checks, we need to document everyone who may qualify as having a mental illness of some kind. Well… what exactly does that mean? I’ve read where addiction to coffee or cigarettes can be considered a mental illness. If this is the case, does that disqualify a person from passing a background check on a gun? There are tons of undiagnosed mental illnesses out there as well as all kinds of other things that may or may not kick you into the mental illness group. You had a bad day… those damned kids were in your flowers again. You yelled at them or turned the hose on them. Everyone now knows that you are some kind of nut job. Do you get to have a gun? I’m not sure where figuring a person’s mental health fits into current background checks but if their (the NRA) plan is to not allow UBC unless the criteria for mental health is added and/or changed… it could be years and years away. Most likely, this is exactly what the NRA wants. Deflect the attention away from the real problem and create something else to focus on… because we are all six years old.
I believe that Wayne LaPierre and the NRA are very craftily presenting a message that sounds like a message but in reality is nothing but random talk to scare Americans into thinking something bad is going to happen. They suggested “putting a good guy with a gun” in place to take care of the bad guy with a gun. Who pays for that? They continue to remind us in every speech since LaPierre’s message one week after the Sandy Hook shooting that they have offered this suggestion to the government. This is an answer to something? Ok, look… I’ve suggested that we need to do something about new sources of energy. Other people have done the same thing. Does that mean we are no longer an oil consuming country? No.
They talk about what could “possibly” happen if there is a UBC. The data could be published in a newspaper. The data could be hacked. They talk about how an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is a weapon on “the low-end of the power spectrum.” So, what that means is this… it still kills you. An AR-15 with a 30 round magazine will kill you three times the amount of a 10 round magazine. You only had to be killed the one time. A very small-caliber .22 will bring down a 1500 pound steer with one shot. I know this. I’ve done this. So, if someone “knows” who has a gun or where that person lives… they are a target for criminals? Dude, that person has a gun. Or maybe the clever criminal will use the information to determine who does NOT have a gun and then go steal THEIR stuff. Careful, criminals… there may be knives or baseball bats or a dog or something else in that house. Just a heads up.
In keeping with Wayne LaPierre and the NRA’s method of fear mongering speeches peppered with fragments of text from the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, I’ll just suggest that it is a great possibility that Wayne LaPierre and the NRA are borderline criminals for what they are doing. The NRA could be a great thing and actually does do some good things. It also screws with your mind and wants to convince you that you are in much need of a weapon. What kind of person are you to not buy a weapon to protect your family, your neighborhood, your country? Wayne LaPierre’s job possibly could be to make sure Wayne LaPierre continues to have a job. It is also possible that Wayne LaPierre sounds more and more like a whiny little bitch every time I see him make another speech – but I could not say for sure.