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As the father of a very young child, I could only listen in horror to what happened to all of those families in Newtown, CT on 12/14/12. I can't imagine how they felt. I hope I never have to know.

And like much of the country, I've felt a little unsure of what I can do to help in the time since. We need to have a real, adult conversation with out government at every level, and I look with tempered hope to what Congress and Obama may produce come January. If our government can't respond to a tragedy like this, then I fear we may have the most ineffectual Congress in history.

But with all of these thoughts, I learned that Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA went on Meet The Press this weekend. And his ridiculous response to the all-too-numerous shootings we've had recently, to put more guns in schools, reminded me of part of the reason why our Congress is so ineffective. It's because special interests rule all comers through piles of money, regardless of the public sentiment or what constituents want or need.

And I thought of a way to combat it (I hope). My idea is after the jump.

The problem is groups like the NRA have huge influence through their bankroll. So I think our only hope as the general public is to use our strength-in-numbers to change the public opinion. When leaders of a group like the NRA say absolutely crazy things, they need to be called out loudly and repeatedly by as many people as possible. We need to make it toxic for elected officials to support them. And Wayne LaPierre made it easy, when on Sunday he said to call him crazy.

So here's my way to oblige him:

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Maybe these won't do much good. And I'm certainly open to changing any of them. But if you like them, please link them. Put it on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and whatever other things are out there. Send it to friends and family. Inspire others! If we can all keep the pressure up by calling our representatives at both the state and federal level, I think the time is right to effect real change!

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I'll be at work, so apologies if I can't participate too much in the comments.

  •  I think that anybody who isn't "crazy" themself (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, bontemps2012

    and sees his speech from Friday and/or his performance on MTP will deem him "crazy" pretty quickly.

    However, "crazy" isn't a sufficient enough adjective to describe Lapierre, the NRA, Gun Owners of America, or anyone who supports the same "principals" that they do.  

  •  Crazy and evil (2+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, bontemps2012
  •  Mentally ill people have no business with a gun. (1+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012

    La Pierre said it himeself.  He's craazy therefore should turn in his guns immediately.  Let logic reign.

    •  That's exactly what got Australia (0+ / 0-)

      to change their gun laws in 1996.

      Modern guns are like explosives. Same risks are generated, related mainly to access by paranoid schizophrenics.

      Australia did not have the problem with criminals getting guns in uncontrolled secondary markets. That was helpful for them.

      Late in the 19th Century and on into the early 20th Century almost anyone could walk into a hardware store in America, say he was a farmer, and buy guns or explosives. Almost everywhere the governments got smarter about explosives.

      In America, in Michigan in the 1930s, a guy blew up a school house. The biggest mass murder of children ever. That led to the dynamite getting locked away, licensed, fully controlled.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:56:46 AM PST

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  •  La Pierre isn't just proposing putting more guns (0+ / 0-)

    in our schools-- he's proposing putting more NRA myrmidons in our schools, as "volunteer guards" trained by the NRA. In other words, armed sociopaths. Zimmermans. Psychotic bigots who feel compelled to shoot an unarmed black kid simply because he's wearing a hoodie.

    Our schools are occasionally terrorized by shooters. The NRA would have them terrorized on a permanent daily basis.

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