How the NRA Stole Christmas

A day late and a dollar short best describes the National Rifle Association’s inept response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. As the nation’s most powerful defender of the second amendment (the right to bear arms), the NRA displayed cowardly silence for more than a week following the shooting. Then four days before Christmas, the NRA held ghoulish 30-minute press conference America would have been better off never witnessing.

Contrary to the banners held up by protesters at the event that read “ the NRA kills children,” it doesn’t but the NRA does do VERY bad public relations. Replete with the grandeur of a presidential like set, the NRA’s press conference unfolded like theatre of the absurd with the wrong message and messenger. Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre delivered robotic remarks worthy of a Grinch or similar soulless character.

While there were elements in LaPierre’s 30-minute diatribe that made sense, those comments were overpowered by nonsense: blaming gun violence on video games and Hollywood. Sigh. Video games like Kindergarten Killers are “callous” and part of an industry that “sows, violence against its own people,” LaPierre noted.  But one could argue those who “occasionally” sell guns to individuals (possible criminals) at gun shows or private sellers of guns, both of whom are not required under federal law to conduct background checks on buyers, are also conduits of the same violence.

When Wayne blamed “the blood soaked slasher films” for the carnage Lanza wrought, America’s eyes rolled. His equating gun violence depicted in movies “with the filthiest form of pornography” to describe another factor fueling violence in America and responsible for the Sandy Hook murders was distasteful.

Boys are killing due to a lack of parenting and our nation’s under diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Kids can’t play video games unless parents buy them nor can they  watch violent films unless parents allow them or buy their tickets. Moreover, and most importantly, when parents are spending time with their children teaching them life is precious and guns kill when used by bad guys or handled improperly, kids don’t kill. This would have been a message in tune with the moment for LaPierre to share with America.

Within the context of a more compassionate tone, the NRA’s recommendations of arming schools with security to protect children from “monsters and predators” would have held more credibility. LaPierre reminded us “we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.”  We also protect our President and Members of Congress with armed security.

Yet, we leave innocent children defenseless at schools, LaPierre added, then turn around and remind maniacs schools are gun free zones. When LaPierre suggested placing armed security in our nation’s schools, the media expressed collective disdain at the notion, even ridicule. This is ironic considering predominately black schools located in cities across the country like DC, Chicago, Detroit and New York have been armed with security and metal detectors for over 20 years, yet I haven’t heard cries of disgust from the media.  Ah, the hypocrisy of the left. What’s good for little black kids isn’t good for the rest of America’s school children.

Other salient points were made during the 30 minute lecture such as the 40% decline in federal gun prosecutions over the past decade and the media’s relentless demonization of lawful  (and responsible) gun owners. LaPierre was also 100% correct when he noted the media continues to misreport gun facts, “They don’t know what they’re talking about.” Nor do they care. I witnessed this first hand when I appeared on a liberal leaning political show this year.  As we discussed the topic of gun laws, I noted the term assault weapon is misleading.

I said assault rifles are defined as fully automatic weapons used by the military and these guns were prohibited from being sold to civilians under the 1986 Fire Arm Owners Protection Act; therefore, semi-automatic rifles aren’t assault rifles. I told the host the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was also misleading because it banned semi-automatic guns not assault rifles, which are illegal. The host emphatically insisted I was wrong on both counts when I wasn’t and made no attempt to clarify her inaccurate statements after the show aired.

LaPierre could have added data fails to prove rigid gun laws like Connecticut’s prevent violent crimes. More laws wouldn’t have stopped Adam Lanza from killing 27 people with a gun his mother purchased legally. Lanza killed because his mother was a negligent, irresponsible gun owner and he was a mentally ill kid who had access to her guns.

Regrettably, the NRA’s attempt to defend the 2nd amendment and offer solutions in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy was lost in a bizarre parody of itself. Rather than rising to the occasion with a thoughtful response the day the shooting occurred, the NRA waited in a foxhole like a coward for the intensity of the moment to pass.

I agree with Mr. LaPierre when we call 911 to report an intruder in our home, we pray the police will show up with a gun in hand because as LaPierre said, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a guy is a good guy with a gun.” It’s just too bad the NRA’s chief spokesperson came off looking like an “American Psycho” rather than a good guy with a gun.

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10 Responses to “How the NRA Stole Christmas”

  1. Lashawn Jackson says:

    The left has criticized the policing of schools for a few years now, as it creates a school-to-prison pipeline that affects minority kids.

    The libertarian right has also made these same arguments.

  2. Scott says:

    Absolutely! with friends like that who needs enemies?

  3. JEFF TURNER says:

    Very good and true points.

    I think guns are only part of the problem. We need to do a much better job with providing mental health services, and # 3 trying to redirect our society away from violent songs, movies, video games et. al. Sometimes the NRA is it’s own worst enemy, they do need better PR.

    Thanks.

  4. Kim Dunn says:

    You are just another pro-gun apologist, not as outwardly insane as the NRA. You’re more dangerous because you try to sneak the same points by by couching them in better terms. But a turd is still a turd.

  5. Lee Beacham says:

    The NRA should hire you for public relations advise because we need the NRA. You could double the membership total. Come to think of it, call and tell them that.

  6. david proffitt says:

    I think the NRA gave a good response. The things they cited are true things that are promoted in culture but scoffed by elites.

  7. Wes says:

    This may sound far fetched, but I believe legalized abortion plays a roll. Mature rational adults can see the difference between a woman throwing her young child in the trash and aborting a fetus. However almost all of these related crimes are committed by young people who were irrational at best. Abortion is an abomination that society has created certain nonsequiturs to pretend that it is okay to abort and we may be sending mixed messages to our youth when we teach them life is precious. Some think video games do it. Well abortion isn’t make believe and it isn’t a game.

  8. dowdaytrader says:

    what part of “only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun” does conservativeblackchick disagree with? For a tired, old white guy, Wayne did a good job. It is a shame that all the conservative institutions are clueless on how to use the media properly, but that’s another issue.

    dowdaytrader

  9. boldaq says:

    Good article, Black Chick. I just discovered you on Neil Cavuto and sent your web address to all my contacts.
    The NRA needs to tone down the cowboy attitude and appeal to a broader membership. The people obviously know when to arm themselves as the recent run on guns demonstrates. We don’t need to give the lame stream any more cannon fodder to use against us.
    LaPierre is a good man but the NRA needs a better spokesman.

  10. Rebecca says:

    I thought the timing was perfect, because it allowed all eyes and ears a chance to watch what was happening, then when people were ready for the next input to occur, the NRA was there. To deliver too soon would have been to get lost in all the commotion.
    I encourage everyone to join the NRA. They lobby for all Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms, all the time. They teach children and adults how to shoot a gun responsibly, they do more to teach our society to be full of responsible gun owners than all the restrictive guns laws will ever do.
    CT already has very restrictive gun laws. Criminal actions are not usually concerned about law. Criminal types can also make their
    way into government power, and then citizens need to be able to control their government. We have all seen many times when governmental people do things that affect the lives of citizens, sometimes criminally. Then we put our hopes on the next politician that comes along promising great things. Good politicians don’t promise wonderful things, they return the policies of the government to the limited, constitutional restraints the founders
    intended so that individuals can make their own way, and provide for their own common defense, whether that is in a local school, a local church, a local store, or library. The right to bear arms is what makes “we the people” have any ability to exercise the rest of the
    Amendments. (See the Chinese Tiananmen Square survivor tell his story on Youtube from the Guns Across America rallies. He says the Chinese people have on paper, the right to expression, religion, property, etc, but because they are restricted by their government from owning any arms, they have no way to exercise the rest of their rights. Their rights are as worthless as the paper they are printed on.) If anyone says it well, he does.

    The right to bear arms has always been suspended by governments which have committed atrocities. Then afterward they, the leaders, are recorded by historians as “mild professorial types”. Mild professorial types have done terrible damage to the world populations. Mao was supposedly, a wonderful poet.

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