s skippy the bush kangaroo: Hey NRA, I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind

skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hey NRA, I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind

You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time *
The NRA has, since the Columbine Massacre nearly twenty years ago, dug in its heels and gone from denying responsibility for contributing to a culture of mass murder to attacking those who want to put an end to mass murder.  They have been, in fact, a textbook example of how not to solve a problem, but, instead, add to the problem.  Wayne LaPierre has been a fine non-leader.  The NRA not only could have, but should have taken the lead in reducing gun violence in our schools and in general. Guns are their thing, and they have, for years, claimed that teaching gun safety is one of the most important services they provide.

I don't know where the kid who murdered all those other kids in Florida the other day got his lessons on gun safety, but it seems they didn't take.  Probably studied gun safety in the same place the Ohio seventh grader who shot himself in the school bathroom the other day learned it.  The Ohio kid died.

I used to like the NRA when they really did care about gun safety.  Now they seem to care about increasing gun sales and protecting the rights of the dangerously mentally ill to own guns.

They could have led this issue.  Instead they failed their members and contributed to mass murder.  They could have led the charge in reducing gun violence and mass murder.  Instead, they fed the paranoid social fringe in believing the Second Amendment was all that stood between them and an oppressive government.  The Civil War put paid to Madison's 18th century math in Federalist 46.  The tank and the F-15E, F-16, F-22A, and F-35A put paid to the notion that sheer numbers would protect you from a government that wanted to impose its will on an unwilling state and citizenry.

The NRA has gone from an organization that supported deer hunters and helped teach best practices to an organization that considers dead eight year olds "the price you pay for freedom" and calls the survivors of mass murder people "who hate America".

The NRA did not lead the issue and failure has given us nothing but dead school children.

The leaders on this issue are seventeen years old, and this old man stands with them.

Go vegan and nobody gets hurt.

*Don't Think Twice Twice, It's All Right, Bob Dylan
posted by DBK at 8:16 AM |


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