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Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), speaks during a news conference in Washington December 21, 2012. NRA, the powerful U.S. gun rights lobby, went on the offensive on Friday arguing that schools should have ar
Shorter LaPierre: Buy more guns.
Just in case you were worried that the NRA was going to reflect on their batshit crazy news conference that was so roundly seen as so repulsive and ridiculous that, among the set of Americans that do not have their own meth labs and partake generously of the stuff themselves, it was thought to be maybe the final thing that made people think the NRA did not actually give a shit about preventing mass murders, NRA head Wayne LaPierre made the Sunday talk show rounds to emphasize that yes, he really did mean all of it. Aside from suggesting to Americans that if they want their kids to be safe then we ought to think about more properly militarizing their elementary schools, there would be not one damn thing that the NRA would agree to do in the wake of the mass murder of twenty elementary school children and seven others. Zip; zilch; nada, zero:
WAYNE LAPIERRE:If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. I'll tell you what the American people-- I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe.

And the N.R.A. is going to try to do that. We're going to support an immediate appropriation before Congress to put police officers in every school. And we're going to work with Asa Hutchinson, who has agreed to work with us to put together a voluntary program, drawing on retired military, drawing on retired police, drawing on former Secret Service, and all these people that can actually go in and make our kids safe. That's the one thing, the one thing that we can do—

The primary goal of the interview appeared to be to make sure all of America knew that the National Rifle Association had, indeed, devolved into a 2nd Amendment cargo cult. But both LaPierre and Sen. Lindsay Graham, appearing on the same program, wanted to make sure everyone knew what was really important. In Graham's words:
“People where I live, I’ve been Christmas shopping all weekend, have come up to me: ‘Please don’t let the government take my guns away,’ ”
So apparently nobody's going up to our illustrious senators and saying "Please don't let our children be murdered in their schools," but everybody's far, far more worried that this mass murder might slightly impact their own personal gun hobbies and fetishes—and we can't have that. We care about murdered children, sure, but not that much.

Oh, and LaPierre also had some explanations of why having armed guards in schools in the past didn't solve everything, and he said our schools should be more like Israel, and that the answer is to make a national database of people who maybe will become mass murderers but that if anyone tried to close the "gun show loophole" or suggest that maybe people don't need to shoot 30 or 100 rounds off without reloading that they were anti-American and such things would not stand. Then his head spun around and he projectile vomited pea soup all over David Gregory.

So in this debate, we now have the answer from the gun manufacturers' lobby. When it comes to the NRA, at least, the 2nd Amendment is indeed a suicide pact.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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