By LLOYD WATERS
11:55 PM EST, December 29, 2012
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has come up with some really good ideas to help confront gun violence in our country. If you were listening last week, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA vice president, said “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
LaPierre went on to suggest that the only way to prevent school tragedies such as the recent one in Newtown, Conn., was to place an “armed” officer in every school.
That message, my friends, represents some pretty good advice, huh?
Perhaps he might take that logic even a few steps further.
In New York state last week, someone set their house on fire, called the volunteer fire company and then shot and killed two of the first responders while injuring two more responders with gun fire before he shot himself.
I’m sure at any moment LaPierre will proceed to another podium and suggest that all volunteer fire companies should be armed when responding to a fire.
What about protective armor vests?
The police wear protective armor vests to protect them from being shot. Correctional officers wear protective vests when working segregation tiers.
Maybe all first responders should wear protective vests, too.
That would surely make us feel better when a shooter goes crazy.
Maybe LaPierre might also want good guys armed to the teeth at other places like department stores, gambling casinos, Valley Mall and movie theaters to prevent future tragedies.
It might even be a good idea for everyone to arm themselves to the maximum at home because you know if some crazed individual would go to a school and kill innocent kids, they would have little trouble dropping by your house and doing some harm to you as well.
Building a bunker and having a few firearms around might not be a bad idea after all.
The world is becoming a really dysfunctional place.
Maybe if LaPierre’s ideas catch on, we can hire some armed staff to provide escort for our elderly on shopping trips or to the doctor’s office.
The elderly are always easy prey for bad guys.
Perhaps we should add armed officers to the new senior center on Willard Street when it opens.
How about a nursing home? Pretty doubtful any shooters will show up there — no one visits a nursing home.
Maybe we can get armed security for our local banks since bad guys with guns are showing up there with some regularity.
While we’re at it, let’s provide armed security for 7-Elevens, Sheetz stores, pharmacies and coffee shops, too.
I’m beginning to feel a lot safer, aren’t you?
LaPierre is not a stupid man. He has some really good ideas and perhaps we all can get a little wiser if we just only listen to his logic.
Then again, maybe not.
The NRA had the opportunity to take a responsible position. They had the opportunity to promote some good ideas. Instead we get this rambling bunch of garbage.
Why not say something meaningful like people with guns have a responsibility to promote safety and respect?
Do all gun owners always display good judgment? No.
Given that answer, how do we fix the problem?
Probably not a good idea to teach a person with some mental deficiencies how to use a firearm?
Maybe even a better idea not to mix the two: guns and mental illness.
Maybe we should require everyone who buys and registers a firearm to go through some extensive training.
Maybe we should create laws to hold the person whose weapon is used in a crime to be liable both criminally and civilly in the event that gun is used in the commission of a crime.
Just maybe, we should also realize that the National Rifle Association does not have all the answers in regard to the prevention of violent gun-related tragedies.
Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.
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