So after being conspicuously absent and silent in the past week, we finally got an NRA statement on the Sandy Hook massacre. And it is so ludicrous, so tone deaf, so waist-high-batshit insane, that I was incredulous.
Then I realized, it’s brilliant – and the outraged reaction the NRA incited today was a feature, not a bug. The NRA is trolling us all, and brilliantly so.
The NRA isn’t just playing the victim here, they’re playing the aggrieved, outraged victim. Their use of five exclamation points in the statement is meant to convey anger. Rage that the NRA and its 4 million responsible gun-toting red-blooded American members were being scapegoated. And what’s the real problem?
Fictional characters with make-believe guns.
No, really. That’s what they said.
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.
Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?
Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”
It’s so outrageous, so egregious, that not only does the NRA vehemently deny with flat earth certainty any connection whatsoever between anything having to do with guns and the second-worst mass shooting in American history, but that they use such a clichéd and ridiculous cop-out as to blame video games and movies. I’m glad at least we’ve moved past blaming Elvis for all society’s ills. The NRA’s solution, predictably, is more guns. Specifically, a Federal mandate for guns in schools. As absurd as the idea is on its face, consider that Columbine had an armed guard on duty.
The NRA’s defiant, defensive screed to the Newtown, CT shooting has spurred a predictably justifiable outrage among pretty much everybody with ears. But the NRA knows how offensive its statement is. This reaction is actually what the NRA wants. Because that press conference today, that statement – it wasn’t for me or you. It wasn’t for the politicians in Washington. It wasn’t for the media. It was red meat, dangled out there for their own base, something on which they can fundraise.
Because the NRA’s raison d’être isn’t to represent gun owners. It isn’t to advance the cause of 2nd Amendment rights. Make no mistake about it: the NRA’s only purpose is to perpetuate the NRA. Which means raising ever-increasing amounts of money from their membership, even – and especially – in the absence of active issues affecting gun owners. If the NRA could wave a magic wand and make the right to bear arms absolute, permanent and infallible, no backsies – they would bury that magic wand in concrete. The NRA doesn’t want victory. It wants – needs – eternal war.
By infuriating the public, the NRA has managed to make the drumbeat about additional gun regulation get even louder. The louder the chatter gets, the more paranoia grips American Patriots about the Federal government coming for their guns. The more paranoid gun owners get, the more urgent, strident and desperate the NRA’s fundraising pitches can sound. Regardless of whether policy action is taken, even the fact that this conversation is happening translates to dollar signs for the NRA.
They’re counting on their members forgetting what total amoral little shits Wayne LaPierre and the organization’s leadership is when presented with the hyped-up fear of Mr. ATF Man coming for yer gunz. And if gun control legislation does manage to miraculously get passed? The NRA can raise money on that too. No matter who wins and loses, the NRA wins. They can and will point, hat in hand, to today’s lunatic rant as evidence of how strongly they will fight for gun owner rights.
The Sandy Hook massacre is the best thing that ever happened to the National Rifle Association. And they are going to make a lot of money off this.
Depressing, isn’t it?