Piers pissed off the NRA and their gun advocates by calling them stupid. And I agree with him, they are beyond stupid.
I know that I recently wrote that I wondered who the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Wayne” was, and after his pitiful performance at last Friday’s press conference, I now know who Wayne is. He is the President of the embattled organization.
As usual, the NRA blamed the gun violence afflicting our country on everything but the guns. He proposed that the way to combat gun violence, is by placing armed guards in our schools. He felt that more guns would deter the use of guns. Right. Now there’s a solution we can all agree on. That it's unrealistic and will not work!
I abhor violence, and I don’t like guns at all. In spite of that, I recognize that there is little chance that we will ever outlaw them. I also know that there’s a good argument that we should allow hunting, which in most cases requires a rifle. So I will concede that we should allow sane people to have a licensed firearm, like a hunting rifle.
Does a hunter require an assault rifle or a machine gun? No. Does a hunter require a handgun? No. Does law enforcement require firearms? Probably.
I still contend that we need to have a discussion about gun violence and guns, as well as mental health, mental health treatment, and background checks and licenses for firearms. The statistics are pretty sobering.
- 62 Mass murders 1982 - present
- 6,103 Gun sales were rejected in 2010 after a background check indicated mental health issues.
- 44 States (plus the District of Columbia) have laws that regulate the sale of firearms to individuals with a mental illness.
- 68% of Homicides in the United States where a firearm was the weapon (2009)
- 1 in 4 American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year
- 19 Million American adults with a serious mental illness
- 11 Million American adults who are non-institutionalized with "serious psychological distress" in the past month.
I don’t think that the NRA should be included in any serious discussion of gun violence, when their prescription to solve the problem isn’t serious. Someone in their organization started a petition to deport television personality Piers Morgan. According to the Associated Press:
Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his "Piers Morgan Tonight" show an "unbelievably stupid man."The irony isn’t lost on me, but it appears to be lost on the NRA and their supporters. While they cite the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to justify their right to “bear arms”, they have forgotten that the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a right to free speech. Unless perhaps a gun is pointed at your head.
Now, gun rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a "hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution" by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for "exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures.
Just because they have a gun doesn’t make them smart, and in fact I would have to agree with Piers Morgan - man are they unbelievably stupid!
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