uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum -- Q. Aurelius Symmachus, 384 C.E.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The NRA's Fantasies of Violence

So we finally got to hear what the National Rifle Association thinks about the horrific shooting deaths of twenty children in Connecticut last week. The answer: not much. Certainly nothing that would make it rethink any of its pet ideologies or standard sloganeering in favor of any meaningful reforms on how easily people can obtain guns in this country.

The remarks made by Wayne LaPierre, the vice president of the NRA, were astonishing in their tone-deaf reaffirmation of rigid ideology. What was less astonishing, however, was the use of paranoia and fear throughout his speech to drive home the statistically absurd notion that every American should own a gun.