Self-destruction

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whenever Wayne LaPierre of the NRA opens his mouth to comment on gun legislation, he is one step closer to self-destruction and he will take the NRA with him.

The TEA Party 3, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, have threatened to filibuster any gun legislation in the US Senate. Together with Michele Bachmann in the House, they will destroy the TEA Party. The question in my mind is will they take the GOP with them? To survive the destruction of the TEA Party, the GOP will require a stronger leader than Reince Priebus.

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Rock, paper, scissors

English: Rock, represented by a clenched fist.

English: Rock, represented by a clenched fist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the game of rock, paper, scissors, rock defeats scissors, scissors cuts paper, and paper wraps rock and defeats it.

Wayne LaPierre’s last name is french for  stone or rock. Therefore the way to defeat LaPierre and the NRA he embodies is to employ paper or its modern equivalent, electronic media. The more we expose LaPierre and the positions of the NRA, the more likely it becomes that meaningful gun reform can be enacted into law.

Thugs

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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right wing commentators wrongly characterize union members as thugs. I have been waiting for an opportunity to use the term correctly against them and Wayne LaPierre’s bodyguards meet the definition. In yesterday’s testimony, LaPierre testified in Congress against universal background checks. Before the hearing started, one of his bodyguards pushed a member of the media into a wall to prevent filming of LaPierre as he arrived. Thuggery in our nation’s Capitol.

NRA

English: Houston Gun show at the George R. Bro...

English: Houston Gun show at the George R. Brown Convention Center Español: “Houston Gun Show” en el Centro de Convenciones George R. Brown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The NRA represents the interests of gun manufacturers, not gun owners. What do gun manufacturers want? They want to sell more guns to produce more profits. There are already approximately 300 million guns in private hands in the US. That is more than enough. We should ban the import of more guns and require that all guns manufactured in the US be sold to the Federal government for military use or to the states for use by militias or law enforcement. We could even consider paying gun manufacturers not to produce guns as we pay farmers not to grow crops.

In addition, government at all levels could institute buy-back programs to slowly reduce the number of guns in private hands. Gun owners could still buy and sell their guns to qualified private individuals through gun shows or individually from one seller to one or more buyers. It makes no sense to buy back a few weapons at a time if the market is being flooded with new guns. Current gun owners would see the value of their guns increase as the number of guns in the US gradually declines.

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Wayne LaPierre and the NRA

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In yesterday’s “news conference,” Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and chief spokesman for the NRA blamed everyone but gun owners and the NRA for the tragedy in Newtown. I agree with some of what he said, but I disagree with his proposed solution of adding more guns to the mix. We have too many guns already in this country, and more guns will make a bad situation worse.

I read Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist by Richard Feldman several years ago and then gave my copy to a friend. As best I can recall, he called the NRA a well-oiled, money-raising machine. In addition to membership dues, the NRA uses frantic-sounding messages to its members to raise additional cash. Your immediate response is requested or some law will erode your second amendment rights. What struck me at the time was the odd amounts requested: $38.54 or some such rather than the usual round numbers of $25.00 or 50.00 or 100.00. I suppose the odd amounts requested have been tested and found to be more effective. LaPierre is paid about $1,000,000 per year.