Gun groups want to remind America that the high availability of guns in this country and lax controls on acquisition and ownership are not the real problem–because guns save lives! According to a petition for Guns Save Lives day, “No one at Newtown should have been a victim and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves.”
It goes on to claim that we need to start speaking about the dangers of gun control, and that gun rights are slowly being strangled out by our oppressive federal government. Joining in the veritable onslaught of insensitive and stupid attempts to capitalize on the Newtown tragedy to push a pro-gun agenda, the groups have gone a step further with their plan to “honor” the Newtown victims by “doing everything within (their) power” to prevent reasonable gun control legislation from “leaving Americans defenseless or worse victims.” How they decided that co-opting the anniversary of America’s second-deadliest school shooting was in any way a reasonable idea, the world will never know.
The National Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com expect massive participation across the nation. Their goal? Well, you see, they want to counter an “anticipated push by the gun prohibition lobby to exploit the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy to push their political agenda.” The best way to do this, of course is by exploiting the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy to push their political agenda instead…by deciding to celebrate this sacred day on December 14, the day 20-year-old Adam Lanza mercilessly shot his mother and proceeded to mercilessly gun down 20 children and 6 adults before turning the gun on himself as he heard police approaching the classroom in which he was indiscriminately murdering kids…makes perfect sense!
Newtown residents disagree with the groups’ assertion that they are in any way honoring the tragic loss of 26 lives through gun violence by pushing a pro-gun agenda. According to Raw Story, one resident called it “callous” and “opportunistic. Another said that, as far as she was concerned:
”This is nonsense. “It’s very insensitive… very insensitive.”
It sure is! Monte Frank of the Newtown Action Alliance, a group that favors stiffer laws and background checks for gun purchases, adds that:
It’s despicable, it’s reprehensible…It’s not the right day. It’s pretty distasteful.”
Yes, it’s that too–and a whole boatload of other synonyms!
Andy Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, feels that there is nothing wrong with capitalizing on the date’s notoriety to push his agenda:
“We’re not doing anything that’s insensitive at all. Quite frankly, what we think is insensitive is attacking the law-abiding rights of gun owners coast to coast and trying to pass legislation so people can’t have the means to protect themselves.”
That’s right–taking steps to ensure that no town has to lose 26 lives tragically, that no mother has to hear that her child will not be coming home from school today–that’s an “attack” on you. Perhaps it is time that you and gun nuts like you take notice that there is a very real problem in our society–a problem we can solve either by changing human nature itself, or by enacting reasonable legislation to ensure that those who would commit such a horrible act do not have the opportunity.
Which one sounds easier?
Thanks to our friend Steve Marmel from The Marmel Page for the image.