I woke up this morning and turned on the news as I usually do and was immediately assaulted by Wayne LaPierre spewing his usual bullshit at the CPAC convention currently being held in Maryland. For those who may not know, LaPierre is the executive VP of the NRA. One of the first things I heard him say was that if any of the European style socialists were to get into power, rights like the first and second amendment would be threatened. I love how conservative nut jobs always try to equate gun ownership with free speech. It is a false equation. When was the last time an American President spoke about curbing the rights of gun owners? Gun control, which the vast majority of Americans support, yes but taking away guns from law abiding citizens, no. In the past 25 years, we have gone through 16 years of Democratic administrations and idiots and mentally deranged individuals are still able to purchase guns legally. Contrast that with Donald Trump who has openly and notoriously talked about changing the first amendment to limit the rights of journalists to write the truth. He calls it "fake news" but there is nothing fake about it. He just doesn't like what they are saying.
LaPierre and the NRA have become far too powerful and far too influential for any advocacy group. He stopped short of stating it but many who listened to him had the current conspiracy theory in mind. The theory goes something like this: many of the student who are now very vocal about gun control in the wake of the Parkland Florida High School shooting are not real. You should not identify with their pain because they are actors just trying to push forward a liberal agenda. What they did do was blame the F.B.I., Democrats and the press for exploiting the victims' pain for political gain.
LaPierre and his attack dog Dana Loesch should be ashamed of themselves for sitting by and allowing the continued mass carnage from the easy availability of guns in this country. I suspect that if some whack job appeared at the next N.R.A. meeting with a gun that was legally purchased and started blowing away these conservative boobs, their opinions might change, but I doubt it.