I’m old enough to remember when the NRA was invited into our schools to educate students on gun safety. Yes, I’m old, and I grew up in rural Alaska, but the NRA as an institution has changed as much as everything else has since then. It now operates as a lobby for gun manufacturers rather than for responsible gun owners who grew up with the traditions of hunting and shooting.
It has blamed everything from video games, to Hollywood to “gun-free zones” for escalating gun violence in the country. In 2010, the NRA held its convention in North Carolina in a location where guns were banned. Its cheery note to attendees told them to leave their guns at home. It seemed fine enough with a “gun-free zone” then. Charlotte Allen blames the brutal mass murder in Newtown, Conn., last week on a lack of men and the “over-feminization” of our school system. Autism and mental health have been blamed. A godless tolerance for homosexuals has been faulted. Several people have said God wouldn’t show up in public schools where he’s not wanted. Apparently, he’s still smarting from the lack of audible prayer, so he allowed the shooting to happen.
One week after the massacre, the NRA, in a paranoid fit, proposed changes. Let’s have more guns in schools! Armed guards have been present at many massacres and haven’t been able to stop them. And who is supposed to pay for the wages and benefits for armed guards at every school in the nation? “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” says the NRA. It’s a nice advertisement for gun sales, but it’s ludicrous. The bad guy in Tuscon, Ariz., who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was stopped because he was reloading. Should we have armed guards everywhere there has been a mass shooting? Schools, malls, theaters, grocery stores and churches? Are they proposing a jobs bill?