Is the core NRA membership “guilty” of insensitivity to the reality of gun violence; do they proudly display a shameful lack of compassion and concern for the welfare of communities across the U.S.? Unavoidably the answer is yes, but those who rail against the NRA won’t admit the part they play in gun violence. Hypocrisy? You bet. Follow the money. The Federal government is in the business of supplying arms to nations (nice and naughty) all over the globe and secretly arming really evil people: our government is in the business of gun violence. Hypocrisy, yes. How can the American government and U.S. citizens condemn gun culture, when “we” are the largest gun runner on the planet?
Hypocrisy is not a strategy; it’s cowardice.
The NRA does not stop people from notifying authorities when suspicious communication and actions are exhibited by a troubled young male. The NRA does not prevent parents from seeking help for child instead of hiding his bizarre behavior year after year. The NRA does not hire school counselors and psychologists who pass over serious signs of depression, obsession and violence because they are undereducated for the serious responsibility placed upon them. The NRA does not force police to act as mental health experts, judges to be experts on mental illness, and jail staff to serve as psychiatrists, because there is no funding for real treatment. The NRA is not responsible for fathers abandoning their sons, when young men desperately need male guidance. We instead turn them over to the entertainment industry which saturates their minds with an ultraviolent model of male behavior – a model in which there is only one form of relief – rage acted out.
Claiming that the gun lobby is some monolith of power that prevents reversing the brutal character of violence in U. S. cities, schools and homes is a dangerous cop out.
The gun lobby does not leave loaded guns lying around the house where curious young children, who think guns are toys, accidentally shoot people. Parents do.
Jan. 10, 2013: 6-year-old playmate shoots and kills 4-year-old Trinity Ross, Kansas City, Kan.
Feb. 11: 4-year-old Joshua Johnson shoots and kills himself, Memphis, Tenn.
Feb. 24: 4-year-old Jaiden Pratt dies after shooting himself in the stomach while his father sleeps, Houston.
March 30: 4-year-old Rahquel Carr shot and killed either by 6-year-old brother or another young playmate, Miami.
April 6: Josephine Fanning, 48, shot and killed by 4-year-old boy at a barbecue, Wilson County, Tenn.
April 8: 4-year-old shoots and kills 6-year-old friend Brandon Holt, Toms River, N.J.
April 9: 3-year-old is killed after he finds a pink gun that he thinks is a toy, Greenville, S.C.
April 30: 2-year-old Caroline Sparks killed by her 5-year-old brother with his Cricket “My First Rifle” marketed to kids, Cumberland County, Ky.
May 1: 3-year-old Darrien Nez shoots himself in the face and dies after finding his grandmother’s gun, Yuma, Ariz.
May 7: 3-year-old Jadarrius Speights fatally shoots himself with his uncle’s gun, Tampa, Fla.
June 7: 4-year-old fatally shoots his father, Green Beret Justin Thomas, Prescott Valley, Ariz.
and many, many more