Friday, December 21, 2012

Defiant NRA Hack Deludedly Sticks to His Guns



I'm still having a really hard time processing today's press conference with the CEO of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, in response to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.  LaPierre's comments, his defensive and defiant response to the tragedy, and his paranoid fear mongering, was incredibly surreal and confounding... 

From an excellent Mother Jones article about the press conference: 

"The head of the nation's most powerful gun rights organization laid out a vision of a paramilitary America, where citizens are protected by armed guards until they are old enough to walk around with their own firearms on the off-chance they might need to pump a few rounds into a fellow citizen. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said LaPierre. "Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away ... or a minute away?" Yet outside of video games, civilians rarely stop mass shooters."

LaPierre continued his exploitative, scaremongering crusade to feed a dangerous, trigger-horny (he's the one that oddly conflated violence and pornography, so I'll keep it up) national paranoia—despicably vilifying those suffering from mental illness, suggesting a ratcheting up of violent confrontation in lieu of any rational policies or regulation, essentially depicting a frontier justice anarchy, prescribing an armed and paranoid populace while proscribing any reasoned or compassionate response to these tragedies, scapegoating an admittedly problematic media while bafflingly letting his own nefarious industry off the hook...

Here is a transcript of the press conference.

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