4 years ago
There is no end to the ugliness being spewed towards NRA’s Wayne LaPierre over his press briefing. There are too many main stream media articles, blog posts and tweets to link, and frankly, I wouldn’t want to give them credit they don’t deserve by calling attention to any of them.
True enough, the job Wayne did wasn’t perfect. David Codrea points out that it was a mistake to target video games. I’m ambivalent about dragging into the mix anything but the root cause of evil, or the defeater of righteous self defense. Good men and second amendment advocates will have different views of things, and I need not have my views synched with anyone else. We don’t all have to agree on every jot and tittle of Wayne’s presser.
The main point of the statement is this: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” It is this that so infuriates the progressives. That Wayne didn’t bend on the issue of further restrictions on firearms and continues to oppose increased gun regulations is obscene to them.
They have tried to paint gun owners as somehow opposed to the NRA, with the NRA being the controlling, evil, monster that loves violence and death. The followers, it would seem, are just deluded, confused, and drunk from the bloodlust. If we could only break free from our evil masters, we could think more clearly. Or so I assume they think.
The irony is that the NRA gets its authority from us, even when we disagree on the details. Wayne isn’t persuading any of us to think differently than we did before. The NRA gets its power from us, and with the exception of the details, Wayne is reading our talking points. We oppose further restrictions on firearms. We don’t believe that gun control works to stop crime, and we believe that you’re infringing on our freedoms when you legislate and regulate our gun rights away.
You think that because you look to your progressive idea-makers and leaders to know what to think, we do too. But we’re not like you. The irony is that when you say those things about Wayne LaPierre, you say them about all of us. When you attack Wayne, you think there is one. While this may seem terrifying to you, there are really about four million of us, and Wayne is only saying – in a mannerly way – what we all believe.