Wayne LaPierre is an extremist.
I’m pissed when he says things like this:
We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping-mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all. …
He lies. He exaggerates.
lies exaggerates I assume, to help increase sales of firearms. He exaggerates for money.
I can’t imagine any other reason to overstate the way he does.
LaPierre’s central message: Owning a gun is the solution. The world is a scary place. There are bad guys everywhere threatening you and your family, and the only thing they’re afraid of is a gun in your hands.
Tragically, a record number of Americans subscribe to some version of this mythology, with 63 percent (67 percent of men polled and 58 percent of women) believing that guns truly do make them safer. The public’s confidence in firearms, however, is woefully misguided: The evidence overwhelmingly shows that guns leave everybody less safe, including their owners. …
Politico – The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership
The NRA is wrong: Owning a gun is far more likely to harm you than protect you.
I agree with LaPierre on a couple of things. He supports:
• Increasing funds for a stricter and more efficient mental health system, and reform of civil commitment laws to facilitate institutionalization of the mentally ill when necessary.
• Creating a computerized universal mental health registry of those adjudicated to be incompetent to help limit gun sales to the mentally ill.
It’s deflection, I’m assuming. Taking those positions makes no sense relative to his other positions.
He’s totally against the government regulating firearms, even though they are dangerous. (More
Americans American children and youth are now killed by weapons than motor vehicle accidents.) … But totally for the government regulating mental health. Because the mentally ill are dangerous. 🙂