Rational people agree that firearm access needs to be restricted, i.e., there are too many guns. The National Rifle Association's answer is, naturally, more guns! No surprise that "peace through superior firepower" remains one of the slogans. After John Lennon's murder, hearing that Lennon's mantra was "Give peace a chance," one co-worker countered, "If Lennon would've had a piece, he'd have had a chance!" No arguing with sick minds, musician Joe Walsh cautions.
NRA-trained teachers might get increased respect by packing heat, but what happens when Teach melts down? What happens when an overworked, underpaid teacher, dealing with unruly kids, snaps out with a Glock? Will we have teacher gunfights? Will class rowdies be taken out en masse? Imagine the carnage.
Advocating more guns makes as much sense as throwing gas on a fire. Sadly, it's not surprising that the NRA's rebuttal is the worst possible choice. I've hunted for 40-plus years but remain anti-handgun and assault rifles. The NRA saying all guns are the same reveals its narrow-mindedness, never letting facts get in the way. As the Bush administration said about Iraq, "Stay the course!"
If our Founding Fathers meant including assault rifles and 30-round clips within the Second Amendment, will the future NRA be protecting people's rights to own laser death rays in the name of self-defense?
NRA, wake up; when your kids get blown away, will you still stay the course?