NRA Blames Everyone & Everything But Guns For Mass Shooting

The NRA addressed the Sandy Hook shootings today in a press conference, needless to say it was a terrible, insulting and offensive speech. The speech blamed everyone and everything but gunsThe speech was just a way of deflecting attention from the fact that it is too easy to get a gun by suggesting that what we need is more guns to protect us from guns. I was on the debate team, I know how to debate, so I’m just going to break down what RA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre did to try and convince you guns aren’t the problem but rather a solution.

He says:

“Politicians pass laws for gun free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And, in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”

It’s the politicians fault! They’re leaving your children vulnerable because there ARE NO GUNS TO PROTECT THEM!  Translation: We don’t need to preemptively stop sick people from acquiring guns to murder innocent people, we need to wait until these killers strike and then kill them. 

“We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it.”

Oh, so the President is entitled to round the clock protection from guns but not your precious babys? THERE ARE CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE WITH GUNS, YOU KNOW! No idea how they got them but . . . 

“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark. How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

It’s the media’s fault that people commit mass murder. They report on these terrorists and make other people want to do it. Criminals don’t commit mass murder because they have access to guns, they do it because they want fame. Look, there will always be people out there who feel the need to hurt other people. That is an internal and individual issue that society  probably cannot resolve. What we can do is make it more difficult for these people to execute those plots. If you can’t acquire a semi-automatic you cannot shoot up a school. You may want to. You may try to but it is going to be pretty hard.

“Meanwhile, while that happens, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40 percent, to the lowest levels in a decade. So now, due to a declined willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years.”

A meaningless number taken out of context. Less people go to jail for guns so that means the government is letting people get away with stuff! It couldn’t just mean that these charges were unfounded.

“And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like “Bullet Storm,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Combat,” and “Splatterhouse.”

It’s video games. While I would agree that a certain kind of video game or movie or advertisement could irresponsibly promote the idea that being aggressive or violent is positive, I think we all know that playing a video game doesn’t make you go out and kill people. If you already wanted to it may set you off to do so and if you wanted to, being able to get a gun may make you more likely to do it because you have the tools to. So, yeah, umm . . .

“I mean we have blood-soaked films out there, like “American Psycho,” “Natural Born Killers.” They’re aired like propaganda loops on Splatterdays and every single day.”

Same bad argument, different example.

“1,000 music videos, and you all know this, portray life as a joke and they play murder — portray murder as a way of life. And then they all have the nerve to call it entertainment. But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?”

People who don’t want to kill, don’t fantasize about killing? You ever stay home on a Sunday, grab some cocoa and fantasize about murder?

 A child growing up in America today witnesses 16,000 murders, and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. And, throughout it all, too many in the national media, their corporate owners, and their stockholders act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators.

I have not seen a single murder committed in my lifetime and most people have not. You cannot say children “witness” thousands of murderers. You can suggest that maybe we see thousands of simulated murders on TV. Yet, when something like Sandy Hook happens we all know the difference between reality and fiction. We know when something is a serious, national and deeply tragic issue and we know that when Spiderman kills the bad guy that none of it is real.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

There is no data to support this, however there is a lot more data to support the fact that people who own guns for protection are more likely to shoot themselves or a family member. In fact you’re 4.5 times more likely to be shot as a gun owner than as someone who does not own a gun. 

“But since when did “gun” automatically become a bad word? A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting our president isn’t a bad word. With all the foreign aid the United States does, with all the money in the federal budget, can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”

Aye yie yie. The great big fallacy of people who want their guns. No one is trying to take all your guns away. No one is denying the utility of guns, yet where gun laws are much more strict COINCIDENTALLY I GUESS there is SIGNIFICANTLY less gun related murders.

Here are just some statistics from The Daily Beast,”The statistics comparing the U.S. to other Western nations with tighter gun laws are staggering: the number of Americans who die in gun accidents in a given year is routinely many times higher than the total gun deaths in the U.K. In Britain in 2008, there were 39 gun murders; in the U.S. in 2009, there were 9,146—that’s right, even adjusted for our larger population, the American rate is 47 times higher. Japan’s recent gun bans have virtually eliminated gun murder in their country. In our country, the states with the strictest gun laws have the lowest rates of gun crime.” 

It’s not about taking away guns from people who have a real need for them, it’s about making it more difficult for any random person or criminal with an I.D. to get one. 

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    1. Anne says:

      I feel like this post was a childish rant, and not a thoughtful examination of the issues at play. Adam Lanza was not able to purchase guns. The laws that are already in place prevented him from doing so. Instead, Lanza stole his mother's guns. Criminals, by the very definition of the word, break the law. The Columbine shooting occurred during an assault weapons ban–which clearly did not work. You're right, where there are fewer guns there are fewer gun related murders. What a brilliant conclusion. Again, really disappointed with this post.

    2. Tara says:

      "The speech was just a way of deflecting attention from the fact that it is too easy to get a gun…" Like Anne said, the gun was legal. The shooter wasn't able to purchase guns. Either he had found out how to get to the guns, or the guns were not locked up very well. People who want to hurt others will find a way to do so no matter what. It's like saying if we make drugs illegal, that less people will do them. Oh wait… that doesn't work. Connecticut has strict gun laws. That didn't help. What will help is educating people on how to keep their guns safe and helping those with mental illness in our country.

    3. JasmineQ says:

      Childish and ill informed is a good way to describe this post. Prohibition doesn't work. It didn't work for alcohol and it isn't working for drugs. You can buy drugs everywhere including "drug free zones" around schools. Banning guns just keeps them out of the hands of law abiding citizens. There are numerous cases where armed citizens have stopped mass shootings, google it if you don't believe me. Hollywood and the entertainment industry which glamorization of violence and promote it as a way to solve problems need to shoulder some of the responsibility. I've taken numerous courses that used computer simulations or films to teach a change in behaviour. It's impossible to believe that playing a game that simulates and rewards criminal behaviour or watching a film that glamorizes violence doesn't have an effect on some people that already have issues. The navy's recruiting leaped up after the release of Top Gun and spree killing was taken up by several people after Natural Born Killers. A lot of the anti-gun rhetoric comes from people that have class and racial bias. They believe if they or any of there friends had guns it wouldn't turn them into murderers, but if we let the blacks an other minorities or poor people have guns they're just going to start killing people and if it's white people it's a national scandal if it's primarily minorities like the nearly 400+ homicides in Chicago apparently nobody cares. Look at where the strictest gun laws are in place they all coincide with large minority populations. Additionally if a average man tries to rape me he is likely going to be a foot taller and have a 60-100 pound weight advantage I can't physically stop him or out run him. Whether he has a gun or not I'm going to get raped before the police arrive. However if I have a gun I have the advantage or if we both have guns at least I'm on equal footing maybe a little better off since I'm a smaller target. If enough women in the area are carrying concealed guns maybe he'll think twice before even trying.

    4. Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre did to try and convince you guns aren’t the problem but rather a solution.

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