There needs to be a Scared Straight Program for the NRA’s leadership. It’d be a real-deal Scared Straight Program, if I were its author, I can tell you. Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch would have to buckle up.
Scared Straight! was a 1978 documentary about a group of juvenile delinquents who come face-to-face, for three hours, with a few lifers incarcerated at New Jersey’s Rahway State Prison. The lifers jumped ugly with the boys, yelling at them, ridiculing them, telling them in expletive-laced language all about the brutalities of prison life. Confronted like this, it was hoped the boys would chose a healthier path in life as opposed to their current path, one born to put them in prison, get them killed, or both.
My Scared Straight for the NRA leaders
Every time there is a mass shooting they will be escorted to the scene as quickly as possible. If the scene is not secure, they’ll remain for that experience. Once the scene is secure, the next step in the program takes place. NRA leaders will be escorted by first responders to see the uncovered bodies of those killed. NRA leaders will be asked to look directly at the bodies. If there are wounded, they will assist first responders, following only their directives to the letter.
It will not be easy.
Look! There, on the floor, the woman, her torn-up torso, blown clean-through with bullets. You can’t see her face behind the dark red, her twisted shape, wet with blood, and being. And there, right next to her, a boy child’s dead body, bullet holes, a dislocated mess. The floor beneath you leaves when you realize the woman had been holding the child in her arms to protect him while the bullets ended them both.
LaPierre and Loesch should be the first to enroll in the Scared Straight Program for the NRA Leadership.