by Alex Symington…….
I don’t know about you, but I am so damned tired of this topic of debate I could spontaneously discorporate and happily enter a different dimension inhabited by the rational and sane, but that isn’t going to happen, is it? So, here I am scratching my head in wonder and amazement at the fresh hell of NRA sponsored, Government sanctioned death from hand-held personal weapons of mass destruction. Representatives of this God forsaken empire of dirt must come up with new and ever more imaginative rationales for the now practically daily mass murder and mayhem caused by people using their “product.”
The NRA’s shop worn mantra, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” has lost its luster. For God’s sake, “People WITH GUNS kill people.” Can we just be honest about that, at least?! The latest eye-rolling defense of this insanity is a good offense by NRA Executive Vice President for Eternity, Wayne LaPierre. A four and a half minute slick propaganda video of Wayne lecturing Barack Obama on the “real solution” to ending gun death and violence is “in Obama’s hands, but he refuses to act.” Wow, that is some compelling information that can be added to the list of all the other horrors created by Obama. Wayne explains that “thugs, drug dealers and gangbangers” (read young black men) in urban environments are the greatest violent offenders and Obama “knows who and where they are” and all he has to do is round up all these young black men and throw them in jail. Problem solved.
This is some brilliant classic propaganda! This pronouncement paints Obama as weak and ineffectual and at the same time suggests young black people are inherently dangerous and are the “real” threat to Amurca. This twisted simplistic reasoning deflects the cause of gun deaths away from guns and spins it anew into a racial issue which makes the Caucasian gun fetishist base very excited. Really, quite well done.
Yes, Wayne, your “round-‘em-up” strategy would be fine if we lived in Stalinist Russia, but here in the USA we have the rule of law. The constitution was written to protect all of us from this round-‘em-up-and-throw-‘em-in-the-gulag mentality. Wayne seems to have forgotten that the police officers he impugns in his video must adhere to the rule of law, as well. He implies that the police are not doing their job of taking criminals off the streets because there is a conspiracy of collusion between law enforcement and Obama. Wayne (and many other budding fascists) has whittled the ten amendments in the bill of rights down to one. Only the second amendment is sacrosanct and all the others are an annoyance. In essence this video is treasonous by calling into question the USA’s traditions of constitutional rule of law and enthusiastically encourages blatant disregard for those laws.
The video includes Willie Horton stand-in, Darius Brown and his scary mug shot to “prove” Wayne’s argument. This unsophisticated propaganda worked swimmingly for W’s daddy back in 1988 during the heyday of the failed “tough-on-crime” campaign, so there’s no reason it won’t work for Wayne’s NRA. The not-so-subtle bonus spin is Obama, in case it slipped anyone’s mind, is a black guy, too. Credit where credit is due; the video is very well produced, edited and written with wonderfully ominous music overlaid throughout, so if you are a supporter of the NRA and guns this will further convince you of your righteousness and God is on your side and yada yada. If you are like me, you will cringe at the thought that many people will swallow this racist fascist crap, hook, line and sinker.
I am compelled to ask Wayne, “When I see a guy open-carrying an AK-47, how can I tell whether he is a ‘good guy with a gun’ or a ‘terrorist’? Is it by the color of his skin, as you so blatantly and odiously imply? Shameless doesn’t begin to describe you.
I’m not going to list all the atrocities made possible by absurdly easy access to these WMDs, I’m going to let journalist William Rivers Pitt do it for me. (link below) His piece titled, “The Butcher’s Repast” lists forty-two shootings involving four victims or more in only two months. With available information I was able to ascertain the majority of shooters were either, mentally unbalanced mostly white men and one active military and one ex-cop. I did not find any “urban gangbangers,” unless Wayne’s only requirement to be considered one is to be poor and black. In the interest of full disclosure, not all of the shootings have been solved. Having said that, if I was the victim of gun violence, where the bullets hitting my body came from would not be relevant. The bullets hitting my body would be my only concern.
I don’t expect any admission of responsibility on the part of the NRA that guns have anything to do with gun death. In NRA land those two things are separated by a vast sea of denial. I can throw out facts and figures on gun deaths in this country ‘til the cows come home. IT DOES NOT SWAY THE GUN FETISHIST ONE WHIT. I’ll repeat what I say every time I speak about this; if twenty babies being chopped to pieces by semi-automatic weapons in Newtown, CT didn’t inspire some creative legislation to lessen the chance of that massacre happening again, well then, to Hell with us. It’s over and any high moral ground we may have once stood on has turned to quick sand.
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