I have to hand it to National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. He sure knows how to play a crowd.
He recently played a throng of his rabid followers to the hilt, enthralling them with the fiery aplomb of the Rev. Jim Jones. Before the night was over, and before all the Kool-Aid had been guzzled, he had them convinced that all the people of Boston would have benefited from packing a firearm or two during their nightmarish trauma of the marathon bombing.
Most people in Boston disagree with that assessment, but that matters little to those with little functioning gray matter. The fact is that if everyone at the finish line -- even the 8-year-old boy who tragically lost his life -- had a gun, the bombs still would have exploded.
Another fact is that a brave, young police officer, one of the good guys who did have a gun, was killed by one of the bad guys with a gun.
But Wayne LaPierre is not one to play the facts game. No, he much pre fers the game of demagoguery and deception and of playing crowds who, so hindered by delusions of paranoia and hatred, care little about any concept of reality.