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  •  I may be in the minority here... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... But I think LaPierre was being "tone deaf", "delusional", whatever you want to call it, on purpose.

    As it stands, the NRA has moved from advancing the safety of sportsmen & women, hinters and target shooters, to advancing the profitability of the major arms manufacturers.

    LaPierre's speech puts forth a "solution" that advocates arming even more people, at least 250,000 (Assuming two guards per school, both private and public). If for some bizarre reason, this plan actually comes through, that's 250,000 semi-automatic rifles and probably as many pistols that the NRA's backers just sold on Gov't contract, plus lots & lots of ammo.

    Realistically, the handful of school districts that will follow through on this are probably already primed to do this anyway. They already have school board members predisposed to "more guns" as a solution and a population that won't vote them out.

    However, the two areas where LaPierre has already succeeded (and I suspect this was intentional) are:

    1) Sales of the faux assault weapons, which are already enormous, will skyrocket. I suspect that, not unlike SUVs, these fake "combat" weapons have a very high profit margin, and prices can be jacked up even higher as the panic sets in to those who believe the Gov't will soon put a stop to their sale. Whatever profit statements the gun manufacturers had so far this year will be eclipsed over the next few months. As the primary purpose of the NRA seems to be ensuring maximum profits for arms manufacturers and dealers, LaPierre has done his Corporate Master a solid.

    2) Perhaps the more important part of his statement/lecture is he has already succeeded in focusing the conversation on his speech rather than the broader issues that need to be seriously addressed. So long as the US public continues to react to the NRA, they drive the parameters of the conversation. Period. Right now almost the entire conversation is around these semi-automatic assault style rifles, even though something over 90% of all gun deaths (including suicides) are done by hand guns.

    LaPierre's outrageous, BS lecture has become the focal point of the conversation. It's incumbent on everyone to relegate it the dustbin of history. So long as LaPierre and the NRA can control the conversation, they win.

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

    by ARS on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:08:05 AM PST

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      Nothing significant will be done on gun control.  The house would never pass it, and the GOP in the senate will filibuster it.  Then a year from now this Sandy Hook shooting will have gone down the memory hole.  

      We heard this same nonsense after the election, about how gridlock was over and the republicans were going to finally work with Obama.  Bulllshit.  As long as the media is controlled by right wing interests, and as long as people rely on their TV Machines for being informed on what is politically reasonable, there will be no change.  The problems we face run too deep to be changed by a single election or a mass shooting, or even several.  It will take a generation, at least, for change to occur.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:49:50 AM PST

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