Wayne LaPierre CEO of the National Rifle Association also known as the NRA has a solution to prevent a repeat of the Newtown Massacre. His solution is to arm staff at schools so they can shoot back or at minimum act as a deterrent.
Here is the quote from his response to Newtown that sums up the NRA’s solution:
“The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away … or a minute away?”
LaPierre does make a passionate effort to highlight the correlation between real life violence and the glorification of violence in the media from video games to movies to our music.
Here are his thoughts on our violent media culture:
”And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.
Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?
Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and everyday, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”
But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates competewith one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.
A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.”
Although he is correct about how our culture propagates real life violent acts by glamorizing violence in the media, his proposed solution for arming staff at schools is off the mark.
If we follow his lead, America will become a war zone. If we arm staff at schools, then the bad guys will simply find better ways to kill. Sooner or later their weapon of choice will not be semi-automatic assault rifles like the one used in Newtown, it will be bombs or even worse chemicals.
Chinese General Sun Tzu who gave us the “Art of War”, which was approximately written during the year 221 B.C., states that an eye for eye battle strategy will only leave both men blind. Therefore, your response to any provocation should be based on disrupting the strategy of your enemy.
In our case, our enemy choses to kill innocent people when they are not paying attention or expecting to be killed, so it only makes sense to take the guns out of the killers hands. Not create a culture where Wild West style shootouts become common place.
On the international level we as a country employ this principle all the time against countries we are at conflict with. This is what sanctions are.
Sanctions are the reason why North Korea can’t by Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jets, because they just might use them against us.
Therefore, sanctions should be in place to keep guns or weapons of mass murder out of the hands of people who might use them against the rest of us right here in America as well.
To accomplish this, gun control policies and procedures need to do a much better job of vetting people who want to buy guns and bullets. Once you buy a gun which in itself should be a difficult process, then you should only be able to buy bullets by going through additional levels of rigor.
But let’s put our logic aside and for a moment entertain LaPierre’s idea of arming staff at schools and then take it a few steps further. If the solution is to put guns in the hands of good guys where defenseless people are sitting, then why limit them to schools?
I have compiled a list of 10 Places Where Employees Should Be Armed according to LaPierre’s logic. The criteria used to compile this list requires a large group of people gathering in a social place where a killer can easily kill at least 5 – 10 people within a few minutes before anyone even knows what is going on.
Please note that this list is not in any kind of order; because the killing of innocent people in one place is not any more or less important than another place. People simply should not die due to preventable causes.
With that let’s begin:
- Churches – If helpless children are no longer off limits, then who is to say helpless worshipers are off limits? Church is the perfect place to pick of people, a killer can slip into the church unnoticed because everyone’s back will be facing him. While worshipers are concentrating on prayer; pop, pop, pop… one by one the Church Shooter can just gun them down. Now if someone were armed in the church, then they could surely shoot back. But how many people will die before the shooter is chased off, wounded or killed?
- Grocery stores – I have to admit, I feel vulnerable when I am picking out oranges at the 10 for $1 dollar sales bin. If someone came to gun me down while grocery shopping, they’d probably get me. I don’t go to the grocery store prepared to die, so it would be the ultimate surprise. This is why LaPierre’s logic suggests grocery store staff should be armed as well. But what if I am the first to get shot and another four or five people next to me?
- Office buildings – We don’t always like our bosses or co-workers. Sometimes we show up to work because we have to. However, because co-workers have proven to go AWOL, bosses should also be trained counter insurgents who can keep everyone safe by retaliating against the Office Shooter. He can even shout out, “you are fired,” before sending the killer to AWOL hell. But again, how many people will die before that happens?
- Restaurants – Everyone is relaxed, having dinner, drinking wine and just being merry. No one is ready for a shootout. This is prime time for a mass murder. A bunch of people sitting without the slightest concern for their safety. This is why each waiter and bus boy needs to be armed and trained to gun down the Restaurant Shooter before she ruins dinner for everyone.
- Hospitals – OK sure, there are some armed police officers at hospitals, but not nearly enough for me to feel safe. I have walked many crowded halls in hospitals without the sight of a single officer. What I have seen are nurses, doctors and patients. So it would only seem appropriate for at least the nurses to be trained and armed to shoot and kill the hospital shooter. Maybe some of Gaddafi’s body guards are looking for a new profession.
- Little League Games – The further I go down this list, the more depressing it seems. But I have to press on to make sure Le Pierre understands that we get his point. The solution to mass shooting and killing is to arm everyone. So using that logic, then at least the coaches at little league games should carry heat. Because you never know when the Little League Shooter will show up. Let’s just hope it’s not the coach.
- Malls – Jacob Roberts the Oregon Mall Shooter has already proven that malls should have armed personnel. But I wonder who should be there to protect me? If I am in the GAP for example, I suppose I’d want one of their employees to shoot down the would be killer of me, but what if I am in the halls windowshopping? Should malls have armed sentinels roaming the halls as well? I don’t care about who, just get the guns in there and that should solve all else, according to the NRA of course.
- Beaches – An outdoor place where there are usually some police officers nearby, but remember the criteria; a shooter must be able to get off five lethal shots before anyone can respond. And by my account, beaches meet this qualification of helplessness. Therefore, the Lifeguard whose job it is to guard the lives of hot babes in bikinis and everyone else, they should be perched atop their watch station with their own sniper rifle. This way if would be killer does not kill the Lifeguard before their shooting spree, then the Lifeguard can guard our lives by shooting the shooter first.
- Fashion shows – Disney has taught us that no one likes bad things happening to pretty people. But those 6 ft tall 100 lb models are the prime targets for the Fashion Show Shooter to do her thing. Asides from the models, various socialites and notable gentry are within striking distance as well. Typically folks of this kin aren’t keen on doing much for themselves, but sooner or later you have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty right?
- Day cares – Although it pains me to write this, but I can’t stop because it’s this last example that truly reveals the stupidity of the NRA’s solution. Yes day cares are full of children, happily singing and playing their day away. So should guns be in our day cares as well? Do you want a gun within 5 feet of your newborn or two year old? I don’t.
Here is a note to LaPierre and all pro-gun folks; I don’t care if you keep your guns. But I don’t want them around my daughter and I don’t want them around me. What I do want is for it to be damn hard for someone to buy a gun and the bullets that go with them. Because guns can kill, which is an irreversible condition, and that is why they should only be acquired by people who have proven capable of having the ability to kill one or many with the greatest responsibility.
This does not mean you can’t buy guns, it just means if you want one bad enough, then you should be willing to jump through as many hoops as needed so the rest of us feel comfortable with you having one.