Scared Straight for NRA leaders

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.

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NRA putting Pence’s life in danger?

For reasons not fully understood,  the National Rifle Association has decided to place Vice President Mike Pence’s life in jeopardy by issuing a ban on guns at Pence’s Friday night speech to the National Rifle Association conference in Dallas. Or, for the first time in its history, the NRA is admitting the presence of guns increases the presence of life-threatening danger.

NRA executive director and CEO Wayne LaPierre was vehement in his assertion that giving guns to “armed security” in schools would make the schools safer.

“The whole idea from some of our opponents, that armed security makes schools less safe, is completely ridiculous,” LaPierre said, during February’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Surely Lapierre would take the moral high ground when it comes to keeping children safe. If true, then the ban on guns is knowingly putting Pence in danger. Or, LaPierre and his crew don’t give a damn about keeping children safe.

I don’t think LaPierre and the NRA leadership give a damn about school safety.

 

 

 

NRA leader blames murdered pastor for Charleston killings

It takes an evil sick mind to blame innocent murder victims for their own demise.  Such a mind clearly belongs to NRA board member Charles Cotton who blamed Pastor Clementa Pinckney for the death of  his eight fellow worshipers, as well as his own.

“Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton posted online (his post has since been deleted). “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”  As a state senator Pinckney had voted against a law allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Given Cotton’s rationale, one can presume he supported the 21-year-old Dylann Roof’s decision to carry a concealed weapon into the church in the first place, without a permit or background check. 

I, and many others are a victims of gun violence. I was held up and shot in the head at point blank range and live with the bullet lodged in the brain. I don’t at all mind meaningful and thoughtful discussion about the implementation of responsible gun control measures (the absence of a universal background check is pure insanity).  As far as I’m concerned, The NRA – which, at this point, ought to stand for Not Really American – leadership has blood on its hands. It’s support of law enforcement is nothing more than lip service. Keep in mind, this is the same group that opposed the ban on selling Teflon piercing bullets to the public, cop-killer bullets, Their efforts on that and other fronts are always underscored by the simpering, utterly disingenuous mantra, if we give an inch they’ll take our guns away. That’s rubbish and they know it.

If the NRA leadership (I know quite a few decent NRA members) has an iota of conscience, they’ll throw Cotton off the board immediately. I would say to send him packing but given Cotton’s warped being, he’d like take that the wrong way.

This country, my country, a country I love with all my heart and soul, is gun crazy. It’s addicted to violence crazy. Too many of my fellow Americans still believe that the more capable you are of killing your fellow human beings, the stronger you are.

Really? Then here’s a question they might want to think about. If walking towards nonviolence is an act of weakness, then why is it so hard for them to do it?