Oh has Wayne LaPierre’s got a treat for you. It’s got everything we’ve come to expect: fear-mongering, “more guns” rhetoric, scary imagery, and demons. We could just post the video, but this time it is worth looking at the NRA’s language. Below is a transcript, with notes, clarifications, and refutations by us. Before we begin and to set the mood LaPierre is going for, we’d suggest you turn off the lights and put on some ominous and foreboding music (we are very much partial to Mussorgsky’s “A Night at the Bare Mountain,” but the soundtrack from almost any horror film would also work).
You and I didn’t choose to be targets in the age of terror.
We almost never agree with LaPierre. This time we do, but we also can’t think of anyone who would disagree.
But innocents like us will continue to be slaughtered in concert halls, sports stadiums, restaurants, and airplanes.
We’re not so sure about the inevitability of terrorism and violence. Even if it is inevitable, assuming that violence is always about to occur seems like an awfully fearful way to go about living. We’d also point out that LaPierre appears to be suffering from a bit of forgetfulness. Even though he is clearly referencing the terror attacks in Paris, LaPierre and the NRA don’t really seem to view the victims of those attacks as “innocents.” In fact, they appeared to blame French gun laws and the lack of guns in the hands of victims for the scope, if not the entirety, of the attacks; NRA commentator Cam Edwards had this to say about the attacks and the NRA sent out this Washington Times editorial to their supporters.
No amount of bloodshed will ever satisfy the demons among us. These cowards dream of inflicting more damage, more suffering, more terror. No target is too intimate or too sacred for these monsters; they will come to where we worship, where we educate, and where we live.
Those are all places where mass shootings have taken place in just the past six months. Maybe the NRA has forgotten that they don’t talk about shootings . . .
But when evil knocks on our doors, Americans have a power no other people on the planet share: the full-throated right to defend our families and ourselves with our Second Amendment.
What is a “full-throated right”?
Let fate decide if mercy is offered to the demons at our door.
In other words: “shoot first, ask question later.” We’ve seen this rhetoric from the NRA before, and we’ve seen what it leads too as well.
I’m the National Rifle Association of America and I’m freedom’s safest place.
This is hardly true. It seems that a less rhetorically hateful, violent, fearful place would be a far safer place for freedom. The “I’m the National Rifle Association” line is also interesting coming from the head of an organization which claims, but doesn’t provide evidence towards, over 5 million members.
None of that is really new for LaPierre and the NRA. It is always interesting to see just what they have to say and just how far they are willing to push the fear and hate bubble. In this case, as in pretty much every other case, the answer is that they pushed it too far.