When You Wish Upon a Scar
In his speech Saturday at the annual gun manufacturer-owned NRA Convention, the executive VP Wayne LaPierre asked the question -- "How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"
I'm going to make a wild guess that if Bostonians had one wish two weeks ago, it would have had nothing to do with guns. It would be that a bomb didn't go off. That's something no amount of guns would have stopped.
What Mr. LaPierre was trying to reference was the city's lockdown, that the population had to stay inside their homes with a terrorist on the loose, and how frightening that must me. But even that was just as pathetic. After all, I suspect that knowing everyone was safely inside their own homes probably meant the Boston public felt as safe as they had all day.
It's not surprising that the radical far-right NRA is once again, as always, trying to stoop to such scare-tactic depths. It's what far-right radical outlier fringe groups do.
One other thought came to mind. After all other gun massacre tragedies, the gun manufacturer-owned NRA spokesman is always there out front explaining that it's too early to politicize the tragedy. Apparently, though, it's never to early from the gun-manufacturers to do so.
I'm sure that Mr. LaPierre's comments give aid and comfort to the gun manufacturers and their base. To the 90% of Americans who support universal background checks, however, what it does is confirm they're on the right side of the issue, opposing the venal, sick cause of the problem.
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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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