Think of his numerous perplexing statements recently:
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
“I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed officers in every single school in this nation.”
“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity they crave?”
“There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people through vicious and violent video games.”
Now those four statements range from goofy to paranoid, and don’t even get me started on the NRA’s commercial about the Obama kids and whether they are at a similar level of risk as most other children in the nation.
Still, as wrong-headed, loony and counter productive as all that is, I sort of understood it. A long time ago the NRA ceased being for gun owners and became all about the gun creators. Why? Because that’s where the money is.
Despite all of that, nothing could prepare you for the op-ed LaPierre scratched out–in blood, I’m sure–that the uber-conservative web site, The Daily Caller published yesterday. It is now fair to say that Mr. LaPierre has joined the ranks of the lamp post scratchers and the people who talk to trees. Or maybe it’s the people who fear that the lamp posts and trees are out to get them. How else can you explain the utter screw loosing that went on in the 39 paragraphs he spat out with racist, factually challenged paranoia?
I’m serious, you can’t make this shit up.
“Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States.”
“…the border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”
“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival.”
“We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.”
“We don’t want America to become like England, where some of that nation’s outstanding rifle competitors keep their hobby a dark secret from their neighbors for fear of social disapproval.”
“We will not surrender. We will not appease. We will buy more guns than ever.”
What to make of all that? I live in a city of significant size. I know of not one Latin American gang. What about Topeka? Des Moines? Indianapolis? Where are all these Latin American gangs of which he speaks? Also, it’s easy for a bigot to go after Latinos, but the British? Okay, maybe in the days of King George, but we’re pretty far removed from the days of red coats and cannon fodder. But my favorite has to be the hurricanes and tornadoes. We need guns to defend us against natural disasters? What are we supposed to do, bust a cap into the wind and the rain? Okay, okay. What LaPierre really means is that post natural disaster someone might need to defend themselves from looters and rioters. Because really, after your house has blown away or you are up to your elbows in flood waters, your first concern definitely should be where is my bushmaster.
Part of his frothing rant contained this bit of cluelessness:
“After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
Do you remember that? For over a week, there was wall to wall news coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I don’t recall any coverage of widespread looting. Was it suppressed by the left-wing media? Yeah, just like they kept their cameras out of the post Katrina looting or the OJ Simpson riots. Even the liberally biased media is quick to crane their necks and cameras at the site of a disaster.
Isn’t that why they follow Wayne LaPierre around?