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:
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.