In a tweet, President Donald Trump said that Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA, is a great person. Perhaps the president is right, perhaps LaPierre is a great person. But when it comes to gun control, LaPierre is wrong.
LaPierre recently gave a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. During his address, LaPierre accused liberals of wanting to completely eliminate the Second Amendment, and said that gun control advocates “hate freedom”.
“Their solution is to make you – all of you – less free. They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI.”
In other words, LaPierre believes that mass shootings can be solved by doing anything except for enacting common sense gun control laws. LaPierre also managed to avoid directly addressing the survivors of the shooting, many of whom are now speaking out vociferously in favor of gun control. Most likely, he couldn’t find a way to spin insulting teenage shooting survivors, so he decided to avoid the topic altogether.
While LaPierre touched on mental health, he didn’t advocate for more funding for mental health care or for easier access or even more education about mental illness. LaPierre touched on the “failure of family”, but didn’t advocate for companies to require a better work/life balance, or call for the government to mandate more vacation time for employees. No, LaPierre didn’t advocate for any of those things as a way to curtail mass shootings in our country. Instead, he believes that arming teachers is the best way to keep our children safe in school. President Trump agrees with this action, saying that teachers who agreed to carry weapons on school grounds should get a little bonus.
More guns. Their answer is more guns. Can anyone explain how this isn’t like saying one should fight a dumpster fire by spraying it with gasoline?