How serious is Trump about gun control? He wants to put more guns in schools and tells us that Wayne LaPierre -- figurehead of the gun corporation-owned NRA fringe organization who has spent the past 10-20 years trying to scare the country, block every gun control law, and get as many people to buy guns as possible -- is a great guy who loves America. That's the depth of his support of gun control. And he insists that because of that great love of America, the NRA will do the right thing.
The good news is that Trump didn't say that the NRA is made up of many Very Fine People.
And right on the heels of Trump trying to convince people that the NRA will "do the right thing," there's their spokesperson Dana Loesch trying to convince people in a bizarre speech at CPAC that the loving NRA, despite decades of fighting gun laws & pushing gun ownership, has no responsibility in gun deaths, while on the other had the REALLY BAD MEDIA loves massacres. (The "legacy media," as she put it -- whatever that is. Perhaps everything that existed pre-Twitter. Like, say, Fox and Breitbart. And most everything.) So, apparently, this isn't a gun problem, it's all those pesky journalists reporting on the gun deaths.
In a side note, hopefully someone will tell NRA spokesperson Loesch that sashaying around the stage, leaning into a mic and pointing fingers doesn't make one's divisive comments correct, but only serves to highlight how sick they are.
And that Great American, Wayne LaPierre, how was he at that same CPAC convention? Well...he did stand up for America, but alas only his warped version of it. For starters, he slammed "opportunists," those awful people who
“wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain.” Which one can only assume includes the teenage students who were on the receiving end of being shot at by an semi-automatic weapon that killed 17 of their friends and teachers. Daring to exploit all that for political gain, like perhaps keeping the right to vote when they become eligible.
And students probably are, in fact, among those LaPierre meants, because he specifically warned that student protests for stricter gun laws would lead to a European-style “socialist wave” that would strip guns from citizens, perhaps like "The Terror" in 18th century France (the home of LaPierre's ancestors, so he's probably an expert), when students were among those who rose up against the crown. But more than just those darn exploitive students taking advantage of being victims of a massacres lucky to survive, but politicians who in Monsieur LaPierre's Great American World of the 1950s "hide behind labels like Democrat, left-wing, and progressive to make their socialist agenda more palatable, and that is terrifying.”
Yes, these are the leaders of the NRA who love America and Trump knows will Do The Right Thing, because he is Trump and believe him, folks, many people say so.
It's difficult to see how Trump thinks he will convince the public that the NRA will "do the right thing" when it not only rants maniacally like this days after the massacre, attacking the victims and anyone who disagrees with the NRA, and also hasn't done the right thing for most of its existence, but when the very reason for the NRA's existence -- to promote gun use on behalf of its corporate gun-manufacturers, who run the organization -- is antithetical to doing the right thing.
But then, it's also difficult to see how Trump thinks teachers won't be horrified by the concept that arming them as the way to deal with gun massacres at school. Sorry, just 20% of the teachers -- Trump wanted to be clear that he didn't mean all teachers would be packing, just the finest, the best-trained, the most militaristic, because that's what teaching is all about and why they went into teaching in the first place, for little pay.
(The theory that if someone had a gun, they could have stopped the shooter is one that always sounds SO great if you grew up watching Westerns and don't continue thinking after hearing the theory. Forgetting all the other reasons, just imagine a school filled with crossfire as 20% of all the teachers begin firing from their classrooms at what they think or at least might be the "savage sicko" (Trump's words) as bullets go flying down the hallways.
It should be noted that there's no clarification yet if a "savage sicko" might different from a "bad hombre", or if they're one and them same.
Of course, none of this extrapolates Trump's lunatic "arm 20% of the very best teachers" with the rest of society as a gun policy on being to control mass gun violence. After all, there have been several multiple-shootings in movie theaters in recent years. Should 20% of movie theater employees be armed? (Or at least the very finest of them...)
But not to worry, this will all be resolved because Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch are really fine people who love America and the NRA will do the right thing. Because that's who they are. As they showed once again yesterday. Who they are.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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