Like many of you I have been watching and listening to the Great Gun Debate in America. I would like to say I am fascinated by the discussion, but I'm not. To be fascinated I would have to be somewhat surprised. But who can be surprised by what has transpired over the last few weeks? In the wake of multiple shootings and horrific tragedies, the President has responded to the demands of a large majority of the population by proposing reasonable firearm regulations. The NRA has responded as they always do by drawing a line in the concrete and demanding that the only solution to gun violence is...more gun violence.
So I compiled my own personal list of things the Neo-conservative Rifle Association is for and against, based on the statements of Wayne LaPierre, Paul Ryan and numerous other voices who want only to scare you so that they may profit.
For: Guns for everyone.
Against: Health care for everyone who gets shot.
For: Large ammunition magazines that can slaughter a lot of sparrows, squirrels, deer and …people.
Against: Taking the time to actually reload.
For: Absolute access to firearms and ammunition instantly.
Against: Stopping criminals and the mentally unstable from instant and absolute access to firearms and ammunition.
For: Violent resolutions.
Against: Peaceful resolutions.
For: Old Testament and an eye for an eye.
Against: New Testament and turn the other cheek.
For: Keeping and bearing arms.
Against: A well regulated Militia. (Whatever that means.)
For: Shoot first and ask questions later.
Against: Preventing shootings from happening because nobody stopped to ask questions.
For: Stand your ground law.
For: Minority rule.
For: Yelling and bullying.
For: Our way or the highway.
Against: Any reasonable compromise.
For: Buying politicians’ votes.
Against: Anyone who votes against their demands.
For: More guns equal less gun violence.
Against: Logic and common sense.