The NRA leadership would like you to believe that they are crusaders for constitutional rights. They are not. The NRA is a hobby organization. Their hobby is guns. All kinds of guns – hunting rifles, hand guns and for the elite, weapons of mass destruction in the form of assault rifles. They believe that their hobby should have no restrictions. They believe they should be able to own any gun that they want, any caliber, with any size magazine.
To support their hobby, they are willing to spend untold millions of dollars, in contributions to and against law makers, to make sure that their hobby desires are fulfilled. They hold the constitution in front of them like a flack jacket, waving it around while perverting the constitution in every possible way. Not supposed to buy politicians? – you can if you buy judges too. Jefferson hadn’t counted on assault rifles? – well, you just prove that. Not supposed to deprive others of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? – hey, elite hobbyists gotta have their toys, the constitution says so.
NRA hobby elitists will tell you that guns are not the problem. The problem is that we have crazy people in the US. We got criminals in the US. We got immigrants in the US. The problem is our schools are not built to stop high velocity bullets or the crazies that are carrying them. The problem is that our public safety entities don’t share data well enough, and our doctors don’t cure mental illness instantly.
The NRA would like YOU to correct those problems and they will tell you exactly how. YOU should spend your money to turn schools into bunkers with armed paramilitaries patrolling the corridors. Of course it’s not just the schools, it’s the movie theaters, the train stations, the concert venues, the dance halls and everywhere else that people congregate. All should be built to military standards and routinely patrolled by armed, paramilitary forces, at your expense. The NRA elite will profit from that but hey, they’re already paying to buy politicians so they can’t afford to implement actual (though ugly, unreasonable and undesirable) fixes for the problem they’ve caused.
If you are not willing or able to fund that, you will still pay the price. You’ll have to see your babies, sisters, mothers, cousins and friends with bullet holes in their flesh. It will be YOUR fault for not taking the proper precautions. In Douglas County, we recently closed all of our libraries because we don’t have the money to fund them. So, in my little town, we have already seen, and will probably see more, young bodies with bullet holes, the victims of mass shootings. The NRA says it’s our own fault. We should be ashamed.
And we should all be ashamed. Not for lack of bunkers and paramilitary, but for believing the NRA leadership, and allowing them to buy our law makers.
It isn’t crazy people who perpetrate mass shootings. England, France, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and all the rest of first world countries have just as many crazy people as we do and they don’t have mass shootings in schools. Why, because it isn’t crazy people, it’s crazy people with guns that perpetrate mass shootings. It’s the guns. The guns are the root of the problem. Crazy people with clubs or knives don’t commit mass shootings. You may have the same insane anger but you don’t wind up with tens of dead bodies.
We don’t need studies. ALL of the first world countries have already proved it. If you don’t allow the guns, you don’t need the bunkers and the paramilitary patrols because the mass shootings don’t happen. We need to take our heads out of the sand, look hard at who’s paying who for what, listen to NRA drivel and understand that it doesn’t make sense, then insist that our law makers do the right thing. We can start that TODAY. The prototypes for how to do it are plastered all over the world. We just need to pick the best ones and get them on the books. Then clean up the mess we’ve already got.
By the way, I DO want the government to take all the assault weapons away from the elite hobbyists that now own them. They don’t belong anywhere but in the military. Maybe we could shave a little money off the military budget, we’ve all paid enough in dead bodies for the privilege.