|NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre vows "the fight of the century" against President Obama."|
In yet another instance of the National Rifle Association ginning up fear and paranoia with revolutionary language, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre responded to President Obama's common sense gun safety proposals with screams of outrage.
"I warned you this day was coming and now it's here," LaPierre wrote in an NRA fundraising letter today. "It's not about protecting your children. It's not about stopping crime. It's about banning your guns ... PERIOD!"
With the click of a mouse, LaPierre sent that letter, in which he promised to bring "the fight of the century" to President Obama, to the NRA's 4 million members. Presumably, that fight will involve people who think that they need the "right" to own military-style assault weapons that can kill dozens in a minute because they need to defend themselves against the government.
The NRA's disgusting display of irresponsibility in using such inflammatory and violent rhetoric only goes to show how dangerous this organization is. They have taken the massacre of 20 children and 6 educators and turned it into a self-serving, overly indignant circus of lunatic proportions.
To an objective mind, if such a thing exists anymore, President Obama's directives to implement new gun safety rules, to start a nationwide campaign on safe gun use, and to require background checks for those purchasing guns seems like common sense. It seems like common sense that no one should own a weapon that can shoot 27 people in a crowded movie theater in only 30 seconds seconds. It seems like a worthy tribute to the lives lost. But for the NRA and their followers? It's surely a plot against them by the big, scary government.
I own guns. I know how to use them. I have used them. And, if necessary, I will use them to defend myself or my family from intruders. I have no fear that government agents will burst into my house to take them from me. Why? Because I'm not insane. I'm not a felon. I'm not running around screaming about how I need to be able to protect myself in case I ever decide to start an armed revolution against the government. I'm not announcing plans to launch the "fight of the"–13 year old–"century"against the President of the United States.
NRA, thou doth protest too much.
Source: The Washington Post