Wednesday May 22, 2013
Which is the greater NRA failing: Clinical Paranoia or Willful Blindness?by Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Of the 12 deadliest mass shootings in American history, six have occurred since 2007.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - Wayne Lapierre, CEO and executive VP of the NRA in his statement on Friday morning said: 'Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow morning: ‘More guns,’ you'll claim, ‘are the NRA's answer to everything!’”
It's nice for the NRA for once to be truthful.
Many years ago, Abraham Maslow, one of the founders of the Humanist Psychology movement coined a famous aphorism:
“When all you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail.”And so it is with the NRA. All they have are guns. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Think about the greater implications of such a wilfully blind attitude.
There are about 100,000 public schools in the United States. To have qualified, armed personnel in each of those schools would cost at least $2,000 week or in the neighborhood of $8 billion/year. This does not take into account the capital cost of initially fortifying each school against armed intruders. Where is this money going to come from when every school district in the country is already cash-strapped and cutting back on educational essentials just to stay in existence?
Lapierre says: “I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school.”
Loyd Eskildson, of Phoenix, commenting on NYT coverage: "I'm assuming NRA members will pay for all these school guards? What about shopping malls, sports arenas, school bus stops, sidewalks and street corners? And who will guard the guards?" Not to mention the school buses, themselves.
Lapierre continues: “For the sake of the safety of every child in America, I call on every parent, every teacher, every school administrator and every law enforcement officer in this country to join us in the National School Shield Program and protect our children with the only line of positive defense that's tested and proven to work.”
What planet do these NRA people live on? In 2008, there were 11 gun homicides in Japan and, in the same year, 12,000 in the U.S. Taking population ratios into account, the murder rate in the U.S. is more than 400 times greater.
Coincidentally, on the same day as the Connecticut massacre, a deranged man in China attacked twenty-two school children with a knife. None of them died!
Lapierre suggests his negative plan has been “tested and proven to work.” Au contraire. Firearms regulation in Japan work. As do similar plans in Canada, the U.K., Switzerland, Germany, etc. As Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York pointed out a few days after the Connecticut massacre: “We are the only industrialized country that has this problem. In the whole world, the only one.” He called Lapierre’s Friday statement “a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country.”
One observation that would be amusing in other circumstances:
Lapierre says: “The National Rifle Association, as America's preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help. Our training programs are the most advanced in the world.” The NRA, however, needs to do a bit of work on their security.
In as highly secured environment as the NRA auditorium was, two protesters from Codepink had managed to get in and take seats in the second row. See ” the entire news conference here, which runs about 31 minutes. ’”
Daniel Johnson is a born and raised Calgarian. He is currently working on a book The Occupy Wall Street User Manual which is scheduled for publication in spring 2013 by Polymath Press. In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary) Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2012, has published more than 210 stories. View articles written by Daniel Johnson
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