Hypocritical Much? Part Seven

“Guns don’t kill people. Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bulletstorm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Splatterhouse.’”

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, December 21, 2012

Interesting that NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre would, less than one month ago, blame video games for the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (to be fair, the media and President Obama’s budget also kill people somehow, according to him.)  Interesting because the NRA just released an app that is available on iTunes called “Practice Range.”  And the good news is that the app is recommended for anybody 4 and older.  Spectacular.

How can someone come out, and with a straight face, blame violent video games for yet another mass shooting, and then have his organization release a shooting app?  Is the app not considered “violent” because it consists of shooting at targets instead of people?  How is it not violent, when you can purchase an upgrade to use an AK-47?

Honestly, I do not see how the NRA is even considered representative of the views of those who are members anymore.  They (the NRA) seem to lack even the slightest bit of common sense anymore.  Blame video games with shooting for a mass shooting, and then release a shooting video game.  The hypocrisy of actions versus statements in this case is rather obvious.  Maybe the NRA will come out and say that their game is not violent and is just teaching 4-year-olds how to shoot responsibly.  They are just full of crap enough to release such a statement.

The NRA continues to wrap themselves in some convoluted interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.  They seem to only see the “right to keep and bear arms” part, and not the “well-regulated” part.  In the common sense real world, those two parts of the 2nd Amendment are crucial.  They are crucial to both sides of the argument, or maybe only crucial to those of us who are intelligent enough to form the rational thought and idea that the answer to the gun issue lies somewhere between an all-out ban and allowing an all-out arsenal to be kept.  Unfortunately for the NRA, they seem to fall on the side of any regulation trampling on the 2nd Amendment.  Their strategy is to yell and scream louder than everyone else until they get their way; it is akin to the bully on the playground getting punched in the nose, and then yelling and screaming and threatening the other kids until he just decides to take his ball and go home.  The NRA is nothing but a bully when it comes to politics.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Make no mistake about it, the NRA will continue to bully politicians and the public into letting them have their way.  They will cite the 2nd Amendment, but only the part that tells them they are right.  Anybody who dares to disagree with them or who dares to promote common sense solutions will be vilified and castigated in the public arena.  You can count on that.

 

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