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Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's a blunder-full life

After the Plan B debacle, conservatives would have been advised to lay low. But the NRA never lays lows.

Just an hour after a national moment of mourning for the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre, National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre leveled both barrels at anyone who though the school shooting means we need to control the availability of assault rifles.

Calling for armed police in every school. LaPierre declared:
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Coming just one day after the Tea Party torpedoed House Speaker John Boehner's bargaining chip of higher taxes only for those earning more than $1 million annually, the speech (sorry, no questions) has to amount to the most tone-deaf right wing outburst yet.

Let's not even look at the $5.5 billion annual price tag being proposed by the armed wing of the less government crowd. Grover Norquist, an NRA board member, will undoubtedly offer another dispensation for that spending.

What was LaPierre thinking to say guns in every school make children safer?  Did he not do his homework well enough to know an armed guard failed to stop the Columbine massacre?

The outrage at the performance was not limited to just liberals. Thinking conservatives chimed in:
In an interview with MSNBC, Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, called the gun group’s press conference a missed opportunity “to create another conversation at a higher level where the American people are right now.” He called LaPierre’s comments “very haunting and very disturbing.”
There is one point on which thoughtful liberals and the gun lobby can agree: there is far too much glorification of violence in our society, from video games to action movies starring the former Republican governor of California. But we separate on next steps.

Making deadly killing machines easily available to easily influenced violence lovers is not a good move. And an armed guard in every school is an invitation to an unstable person to get even bigger guns and escalate the danger to innocent people.

And one wonders whether the right thinks Santa should pack serious heat as he makes his rounds this week bringing joy and cheers (and expensive packages) around the world.

Except for the coal in the stockings of right wing extremists who plunged over their own cliff this week.

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