You may have found our silence over the past week baffling. After all, this has been one of the saddest times in our state’s history. But the Sandy Hook tragedy hit a little too close to home for some of us. We were sad. There was nothing more to be said, at least not here, on this snarky blog. Our hearts and minds have been with the people of Newtown, the ones we knew and the ones we didn’t. And we hope the media has left your streets and let you start working on getting back to normal.
But the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has coaxed us back out into the open and given us something to be pissed off about and therefore we have no problem being snarky about him. For instance, is it just us, or does that rifle wielding rodent look like an opossum? (Technically he’d be a marsupial but whatevs… this isn’t a science blog.)
We just kind of wish he’d roll over and play possum already, because we’re sick of him after just three days. I mean, has any one person ever been so politically tone deaf before? Let’s talk about some of his stupider points. (If you didn’t see his appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday morning, find it. He danced all around the questions while David Gregory did what a good reporter should do… Hound him until he gives a real answer.)
Yes it is crazy! LaPierre keeps arguing that this strategy has worked for Israel… ISRAEL! You know, that place that was bombing the shit out of Palestinian kids a few weeks ago? That place that lives under threat of imminent destruction at all times? Maybe, Mr. LaPierre, we should take away a different lesson from Israel. When you live in a hyper-militarized place where large scale violence is a part of everyday life — filled with marketing and propaganda that makes you think the end is ‘nigh and you need to be prepared — it’s not surprising that your society suffers from mass shootings. (Michael Moore already kind of made this argument in Bowling for Columbine.) Maybe, instead of making our society even more militarized and terrifying, we should start building a society that truly values peace… for all… not just for some. (Oh, and then there’s the actual example that Columbine set which basically proves that armed guards won’t work anyway.)
Here, we kind of agree, though we come to the same conclusion through very different thought processes. Don’t listen to him… I mean, honestly, who makes policy decisions based on what a possum thinks? As far as I’m concerned, though, this “Assault Weapons Ban” has no teeth. It’s better than nothing, but it exempts too many weapons and even worse, does nothing to take the existing weapons off the streets. I keep hearing people — like Joe Lieberman — say “no one wants to take away your weapons.” I do, Joe! I want to take away their goddamn killing machines!! It’s time for a massive buy-back program in this country.
When you buy a car from a dealership every aspect of that transaction is recorded. Even if you buy it from your neighbor, you still have to register it if you want to drive it. Oh, and you also have to have a license, and insurance and if you’re irresponsible with the car you get your license taken away… Yet, for some reason, these standards aren’t applied to guns and their owners.
Last summer a family friend applied for a handgun permit here in CT and was turned down because of previous pot-related arrests. I have to say, I breathed a little easier knowing we lived in a state where he isn’t be allowed to have a gun — though this was for a million reasons unrelated to his pothead antics. But let’s be honest, he still has access to guns. I went to a flea market, recently, where there were guns out for sale, right next to beat up old dressers, and non-working lawn equipment. This does not make me feel better.
It’s time to close the loopholes, prosecute offenders, and put that possum in his place… which is rummaging through garbage cans and being chased off by angry dogs.