LaPierre Has Splaining To Do

At first I was dismayed when I saw that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will be on Meet the Press tomorrow.  I thought why give his garbage any more of an audience?

But then I realized that it’s wonderful he’s on, so we can hear him explain how much good that armed guard did at Columbine.

The Tyranny of the Crazed 20%

“I’m still amazed, angry, shocked that Wayne LaPierre actually tossed a ‘have you no decency’ at like 80% of the country today.”

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
I can’t say I’m amazed or shocked, but I am angry.
And the Tea Party types in Congress are doing the exact same thing to “like 80% of the country” when it comes to the fiscal cliff.

The Clueless Contest

It’s hard to say who is more clueless, the NRA wanting to solve our gun problem by bringing guns into our schools or the Tea Party congresspeople refusing to raise taxes even on those making $1 million or more a year.

Don’t they have any idea how  bizarre and alien they look to most of the country, how out-of-step they are?

NRA’s Solution — Cops in Every School

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  Wayne La Pierre, head of the NRA, at his press conference today in response to the Newtown massacre.

Um, how about stopping that bad guy from getting the gun, so that he doesn’t ever become “a bad guy with a gun.”

Anyway, LaPierre’s solution is to have police officers in every single school in the country.

And for good measure, he blamed violent movies, video games and music videos.

So, the NRA wants more cops who will of course need more guns.  Since the NRA really represents gun manufacturers, that is a great solution to make its masters richer.

Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but this is really a moment to just scream at the top of your lungs.

 

 

Honor the Memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard

Catherine Violet Hubbard is being buried today in Newtown.  You’ve probably seen her picture — the little girl with bright red hair and bangs.

For those wishing to honor her memory, her parents Jennifer and Matthew have requested donations to the local animal shelter because she loved animals so much.  You can donate at http://www.theanimalcenter.org/donate.htm or by mail to The Animal Center, P. O. Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.

I am hoping to use this blog to help generate donations from all 50 states plus some other countries.

The Spell Is Broken

Bullying can work for a time, as we’ve seen with both the NRA and Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.  But eventually the very rigidity and absolutism that give you so much power become a liability, and those who were cowed into submission by your irrational demands turn on you.  At first, just a few, and then the numbers swell, and your days of stealing lunch money are over.

The ballots of November 6  and the bullets of December 14 finally, finally ended these two interconnected (Grover sits on the NRA’s Board) reigns of terror.

Fairer tax laws and firmer gun laws are coming.  Neither the NRA nor Grover will ever have so much power again.  The spell has been broken.  The lost children of Newtown understood that once a spell is broken, you are free, and you see the world as it really is.

Was Adam Lanza Afraid of Being Committed?

The latest reports say that Nancy Lanza was in the process of becoming Adam’s conservator so that she could have him involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, that he had become aware of this, and that his shooting of her and the Sandy Hook victims was in response to his fear of being sent away.

The reports also say that Mrs. Lanza felt she couldn’t handle him anymore, that she was feeling desperate.

As for why he chose the children he did, there are also reports that he believed his mother loved the school and those children more than she loved him.  Apparently, she had volunteered in the Kindergarten last year, and those children were now the first graders he slaughtered.