I have to confess that I stole that headline from Fark, which phrased it as “The NRA: Doing for gun rights what the Westboro Baptist Church does for Christianity since 1871”.
It is too bad that the NRA couldn’t keep their fool mouths shut after the Conn. school shooting. Their initial statement pissed off just about everyone, including gun owners. But they just doubled down.
Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, NRA spokesperson Wayne LaPierre said:
Israel had a whole lot of school shootings, until they did one thing. They said we’re going to stop it and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then.
But Israeli security experts quickly said that LaPierre doesn’t know what he’s talking about. A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said “What removed the danger was not the armed guards.” Another expert pointed out that Israel very strict laws licensing and controlling firearms, saying what should be obvious:
In a country where hundreds of thousands of people carry firearms, it is essential to manage the training, licensing and authorization of those who wish to be armed.
You know you’re in trouble when you compliment Israel by using them as a good example, and they respond that you are full of crap.
Back in the US, the response to NRA statements has been equally negative. Even Senator Joe Lieberman said “I have found the statements by the NRA over the last couple of days to be really disheartening, because the statements seem to not reflect any understanding about the slaughter of children.” Congressman Chris Murphy (D-Conn) called LaPierre’s interview “the most revolting, tone deaf statement I’ve ever seen.”
People who have followed this blog for a while know that I believe in the Second Amendment right for people to own guns. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have common sense laws that require background checks, gun training, and sensible safety rules for all gun owners. And most people — including gun owners — agree. Why is the NRA so out of touch with their own constituency?