I didn't think for a minute that the NRA silence last week meant that they were worried. True to form, they came out from under their rock with balls blazing.
As you've probably heard, NRA's evil spokesperson, Wayne LaPierre, stunned us all on Friday by taking absolutely no responsibility for the shooting of 20 children by assault weapon one week earlier. Rather, he suggested we keep files on the mentally ill, and arm everybody else.
This is only clever in the sense that it worked. The NRA was able to not only take back the debate with a vengeance, but round up in support every single paranoid gun wacko in the country. AND, most important, provide a huge new market for the gun manufacturers that are the NRA's true constituency: arming the schools.
Gun shops are doing a booming business, and the media isn't waiting to get on board. The NBC Nightly News was happy to present a segment on how several schools are arming themselves and feeling relieved that their children are now being protected.
The NRA has stated that -- as a public service -- they will be more than happy to advise us on how best to arm our teachers and children. Yes, they will help us find training programs for our children.
The saddest things about all this is that, the wackos may be far fewer than those of us who want to keep our children safe by outlawing weapons that might kill them, but the wacko faction is far louder. They will be heard, and, as with the nuts that fell off the trees to attend the Health Care Town Halls a couple of summers ago, they will be showing up to fight for the right to bear arms. The media will report it back to us, and they will drown out the moderate voices that are trying to find reasonable solutions.
My own local gun store:
is usually a quiet place, but over the past week, the parking lot has been full. Folks out here aren't even going to wait for the next tax-free gun holiday.
And the NRA? They're about as tickled as Chick-Fil-A last summer when all the gay bashers lined up to show their support for this good Christian organization.
Me, I just hope there are enough people that can hold onto their rage over our children and their teachers risking their lives so that Bubba can carry his erectile extender around.
All we have is words, BUT WE NEED TO SHOUT THEM OUT.