OK

No kidding.
Earlier this week, Wayne LaPierre wrote a giddily batshit insane column opining that what we need around here is more guns, all the time, everywhere, because you never know when the zombie apocalypse is going to wander off the nearest bus and where will your government be then, hmm? As partial defense of his premise, he used Hurricane Sandy as an example of a situation where people really, really ought to have hauled off and shot some folks:
After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.

Anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had already done everything he could to prevent law-abiding New Yorkers from owning guns, and he has made sure that no ordinary citizen will ever be allowed to carry a gun. He even refused to allow the National Guard into the city to restore civil order because Guardsmen carry guns!

See the problem? Yeah, that crap never happened. And local residents are plenty pissed about it:
“He’s a f---ing idiot,” said Steven Feinstein, 66, owner of Wilensky Hardware in Coney Island — one of the neighborhoods that LaPierre claimed Wednesday became a “hellish world” of apocalyptic violence. “He makes it sound like it was the 1970s around here. That’s nonsense.”
And take that, 1970s. All right, so what about the rest of LaPierre's hellscape? Let's take a look below the fold:

it’s not true, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. […]

There was a big spike in burglaries, as criminals picked through abandoned homes, Browne said. But all other crime categories were down. […] Overall, crime fell by 25%.

And Browne delivered another inconvenient truth for the NRA man — the city actually went a record eight straight days without a single murder.

No thanks to Wayne LaPierre, who would have been out there blasting people like any good patriot should. All right, but surely that crazy liberal Bloomberg blocked the National Guard from showing up, right?
City officials dismissed that claim as more NRA nonsense and said there were plenty of armed National Guardsmen in the city in the aftermath of Sandy.
Dammit, LaPierre, you really don't need to make things this easy.

All right, let's hear from an actual person whose business was broken into. Surely that person will agree that what the area needed was some gun-toting lunatics convinced, like LaPierre, that society had now crumbled and their only shot at survival was to go out and murder some folks before they got murdered back.

Even a crime victim said it didn’t look that bad. “There was no food or water, but you could still walk the streets at night,” said Ron Troyano, whose Joann’s Discount Wines and Liquor store actually was looted during Sandy. He called the break-in an aberration. “There was a cop on every street corner,” Troyano said. “It wasn’t that bad.”
His liquor store was robbed during the extended outages. According to Wayne LaPierre, that happened because this guy wasn't willing to sit in front of the door and patriotically shoot anyone who tried to come inside, which would have been a better outcome, according to LaPierre.

So let's see. One, the NRA spokesman is either a huge liar (huge!) or absolutely delusional. Two, he uses these delusions of supposed societal breakdowns to advocate for people buying more guns, and bigger guns. Three, the NRA gets a cut whenever anyone does. Four, the pictures he paints of supposed chaos where there is none are meant, by LaPierre's own words, to encourage other people to think about the circumstances under which they'd maybe need to start shooting a whole bunch of people, and to plan accordingly.

I don't care if we end up with a database of gun owners or a database of crazy, violent people, but Wayne LaPierre should only get to have his name on one of those, not both. Turn in your pop-pop toys, Wayne. We don't want you running around deciding who to shoot, because your judgment sucks.


Contact your senators or representative to demand they support the president's gun safety proposals. And send that all-important electoral message to the NRA by backing Robin Kelly in the IL-02 congressional district special election. You'll feel much better after doing all that!

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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