A Dose of Stupid v82

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

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

That amazing piece of stupidity came from Wayne LaPierre, the vice president of the NRA, this afternoon. The NRA waited a week before commenting on the Sandy Hook shooting, and apparently decided that the best choice was to double down on guns.

Throughout his statement, LaPierre pointed the finger at everyone. He blamed changes in prosecution of crimes. He blamed films Natural Born Killers and American Psycho. He blamed video games like Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat. He blamed music. He blamed the media for “demonizing lawful gun owners”. He blamed everyone and everything but the guns or the people who own them.

Indeed, LaPierre’s solution was not to limit the magazine size or ban assault rifles. Instead, he believes that the best way to protect children in school is more guns, specifically armed police officers:

As brave and heroic and as self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms and as prompt and professional and well- trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own, unable to stop it.

As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It’s now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools. The only way — the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection.

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

Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or from a minute away?

LaPierre’s reasoning is that we have armed guards protecting our banks, airports, office buildings, power plants, court houses, sports stadiums, and various government buildings and officials, so why not have armed guards in our schools since our children are “our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family.”

Never mind that there was an armed guard at Columbine. Never mind that there was an armed guard at the shooting of Gabby Giffords last year. Never mind that there were scores of trained soldiers at Fort Hood. None of that stopped any of the three shooters from killing people. And that is just counting those who killed with guns. Those who used bombs were able to completely bypass armed guards.

No, LaPierre suggests we should have guns in schools, stating:

You know, five years ago after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if — what if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he’d been confronted by qualified armed security? Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? Is it so important to you (inaudible) would rather continue to risk the alternative?

I will bite. Let us say there was an armed guard there. Would the guard shoot Lanza on sight? What if Lanza came in shooting? What if he kills the guard and then moves on? What if there is a shoot-out between Lanza and guard? What if this happens near a classroom? What if the students and teachers try to get out and get caught in the crossfire?

Is it possible that 26 lives might have been spared if there was an armed guard at the school? Yes. Is it likely? No.

These kinds of situations are chaotic and unexpected. I live with four kids still in school. Their lives are far more important to me than anything else, and I would not want some armed guard to start shooting around them or any of the kids from their school. The chances of people being killed by accident by someone trying to protect them is high, and that does not factor in the panic that may ensue as a result of the shooting.

LaPierre went on to state:

Is the press and the political class here in Washington D.C. so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and American gun owners, that you’re willing to accept the world, where real resistance to evil monsters is alone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life, her life, to shield those children in her care.

No one. No one, regardless of personal, political prejudice has the right to impose that sacrifice.

Yet LaPierre seems perfectly willing to impose that sacrifice on others with his moronic suggestion having an armed guard shooting at man in tactical, ballistic-resistant gear armed with high-powered weapons in a school full of children. When one of those kids dies from a stray bullet, what will LaPierre do?

In greatest example of utter ironic stupidity, LaPierre suggests that we hire retired officers and military officials, despite that his political party would block any measure to spend more money to do anything. No one from his party, including LaPierre, would support the tax increase that would need to happen in order fund this little venture. Certainly LaPierre will not offer his own $1 million salary to cover the costs.

But it is the sheer tone-deaf stupidity that amazes me. This is one week out of the murder of 20 children. All of the children were shot multiple times with a semi-automatic rifle. For those who do not know, a semi-automatic only loads the next round automatically. You still have to pull the trigger each time you want to fire a round (with fully automatics you can hold the trigger down). In other words, Adam Lanza pulled the trigger for every bullet in a child, including the child he shot 11 times.

To say on a day of memorial and wake services in Newtown that the best solution is to put more guns in schools and have shoot-outs with would be murderers shows a callous, politically-motivated asshattery typically reserved for rape apologists.

Somewhere in LaPierre’s head there should be a voice that tells him when to keep his mouth shut. He should have listened to it, although I expect it is difficult to hear anything with all those guns going off in his mind.

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6 thoughts on “A Dose of Stupid v82

  1. Why is such a man leading the NRA? The ideological principle behind the establishment of the NRA and others like it is a defence of Second Amendment RIghts – i.e. the right to bear arms (in particular so the citizenry can defend themselves against a corrupt state, which has a supremely well-armed police force and defence force at its disposal). LaPierre’s comments fly directly in the face of the NRA’s own professed ideology and the observable realities of the tragic Newtown event. If I were a member of the NRA, rather than wishing LaPierre’s head had the voice of reason in it I’d be calling for his head on a platter. Stupid indeed.

  2. I think he expects all the retired police and military personnel to volunteer to be armed guards at schools. Almost like a greeter at Wal-Mart with a gun.

    So far I’ve only heard one person mention the fact that the murder of his mother was overkill and likely an act of vengeance. Could be his mother projected mental illness on him for years to gain the sympathy of her friends at the bar. Kind of like psycho-Munchausen.

  3. LaPierre’s armed guard solution may have some merit. Even if the guards volunteered, which is ludicrous, their uniforms and of course guns will cost money. Tax the hell out of guns and especially ammunition to pay for them.

  4. Well, Jacob, I have to say I disagree somewhat.
    http://freestudents.blogspot.com/2007/04/when-mass-killers-meet-armed-resistance.html
    Meanwhile, Baltimore City schools have long had their own police department, and yes the officers are armed and have arrest powers:
    http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/default.aspx?pageid=472
    When my brother went to the citys Southern High school, there were articles in the Baltimore Sun detailing how certain hallways were basically owned by drug dealers and other street riffraff so that staff and students avoided them.
    I guess what I’m saying is this isn’t a new idea, this isn’t something that hasn’t already happened, and I disagree most strongly with you trying to tie this to any kind of “rape” apologism.
    But then again, I live in an “anti-gun ” city. In Baltimore :
    A. You can’t carry any kind of firearm. You can’t buy handguns,though shotguns and such are legal IN your home only.
    B. You can’t buy a taser for home or public use.
    C. You can’t buy pepper spray
    D. Bullet proof vests are illegal.

    Yet this is the city where I was held up at gun point about two blocks from the main police station, and that easily leads the state of Maryland in terms of murders committed by guns.
    Meanwhile, up in West Virginia (where I first learned to shoot) where most of my family lives, guns are ubiquitous and yet very rarely misused.

    Anyway, if you are going to complain about the NRA and what it said after being silent for nearly a week, perhaps you should complain about the tons of bashing of both gun owners and the second amendment that occured over the past week due to the actions of one mentally disturbed person. There are almost 300 million firearms in total in the USA. If the vast majority of people couldn’t handle firearms responsibly there’d have been alot more of these school shootings.

  5. Rev, from the reports and articles I have seen, Lanza’s mother tried to shield her son’s condition from people. Adam Lanza had Asperger Syndrome, and that made it difficult for him to socialize with others, and also apparently made him less concerned with what he did to himself. In an interview for CNN or MSNBC, a family friend stated that Lanza’s mother had to watch him when he cooked because if he used a knife and cut himself he would not notice. Why this woman would then teach her son how to shoot is beyond me. If cannot be trusted not to hurt himself with a knife, why give him a gun even if you do monitor him?

  6. Clarence, I live in Chicago. We have had a summer of murders unlike anything I have seen in a while. Chicago has a number of bans on weapons, yet the problem is the ease with which dangerous people can get their hands on guns. The pubic having guns would not reduce the shooting at all. It is the city’s attitude and atmosphere that leads to this level of violence.

    We can look at other cities around the world and see the difference. Tokyo is a huge city, yet it rarely has murders or violence on the scale that we see in the United States. Japan bans handguns and makes it very difficult to get shotguns. This anti-gun sentiment is such that even the yakuza tend not to use guns, and they are criminals.

    I think the reason people have gone after gun ownership this last week is because most of these mass shootings are done with the guns people bought legally. Lanza tried to buy a gun and could not get one. Presumably that may be one of the reasons he killed his mother: to get her guns. School shootings in particular are done with legally bought guns. If those people did not have such large caches of weapons with large capacity magazines, it is possible these shootings would not have occurred.

    I agree that simply blaming gun owners is not the solution, but we must admit that the number of guns in the country along with the ease of getting one is a major reason why we see such gun violence. It is also worth noting that as a culture we only have a problem when it happens in a safe community. We expect to see gun violence in major cities, given their impersonal nature, but not in small towns where everyone knows each other.

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