The survivors of the Parkland shooting have done a remarkable job of dusting themselves off, washing away the blood, and saying, “Well that sucked. Wait – how did we GET HERE?” After which they followed up, understandably, with a few choice post-funeral comments for the gun crowd, on the order of “You people are not adults.”
To which the gun crowd sat cowering in their corners, murmuring about the Constitution, meeping about defenseless domiciles, and feeling altogether once again like America’s True Victims. Until, apparently, today.
Because today the Cowardly Lion, aka pre-WWII technicolor talking head Wayne LaPierre, gave them their marching orders. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Fear.”
“Socialism is a movement that loves a smear,” he said.
Not that LaPierre would dare smear any of the survivors, who have been outspoken in their grief and anger. Not that the same shaky survivors would ever be dismissed as “crisis actors” and “FBI plants” by Wayne’s shriveled members. Not that Wayne would in any way bolster the gun nuts’ frightening, reactionary politics.
…LaPierre warned Democrats would use the tragedy to push an agenda that went beyond gun control. “What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding,” LaPierre said. “They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security.”
Where else in the world is “school security” held to such a standard? In a handful of war-torn hellholes. But if even one American school isn’t capable of repelling a well-planned attack, at any time, from a suicidal lunatic armed with rifles and pistols, hand grenades and IEDs, then we have failed. And by “we” Wayne clearly means “liberals”, because of course the socialist scourge of gun-free zones, machine-gun-free cafeterias, and cannon-free playgrounds. Funny how Wayne’s arguments always end up in the same place.
Staring out into the audience, LaPierre told them “you should be anxious and you should be frightened” about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House.
“If they seize power … our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever,” he said.
Even before employing the politics of fear, prominently here, Wayne is employing the politics of politics. Because he can’t argue for his position: Guns. He can’t defend the one thing the survivors are upset about: The AR-15. There’s no argument for the AR-15. So he’s got to go about this by other means.
What else has he got? He’s got popular perception. Political memes. And Fox News. He’s got the whole of right-wing politics. That’s how the CEO of a gun lobby (?) ends up somehow speaking so sincerely and pointedly about “socialism”, “Democratic takeovers” and “countries changed forever”…
…LaPierre said, and warned that “evil walks among us.”
…and offering us his humble opinion on the moral and spiritual zeitgeist of the Western Hemisphere. This is Wayne LaPierre folks, the head of a group of gun manufacturers.
If this doesn’t shock you, I don’t know what to say. But you can see what he’s doing pretty clearly:
Here’s the accompanying screed:
“No one on this planet benefits more from mass shootings…” Colion Noir, a gun rights activist, declared in a video published by NRA TV on Thursday. “Sure, they love to get up in front of the camera and sell the lie that the mass shootings are all the NRA’s fault, and falsely claim that the NRA is a soulless organization selling guns to killers for profit. But all my years of watching these events play out have led me to one conclusion: The mainstream media love mass shootings.”
Does anyone see the problem with this? Both of these could be true. The NRA could be responsible for mass shootings and the MSM could be glad when they happen. Both institutions could be evil. But the responsibility for the deaths of those teenagers would still land squarely with the NRA.
He describes the shootings as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Seinfeld, and Friends — in terms of ratings — for the media.
“Tragedy is their business model,” he said.
“IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS” he cried aloud, prominently burying his tongue in his cheek. And all the major networks, almost as one, began to weep before the world. So they all packed up and went home, the end.
“The shooters are the star. [The media] sensationalize everything about these killers,” Noir said. “And guess who’s watching? That’s right. Another lonely, ignored, mentally disturbed psychopath looking to make a name for himself. And you, the mainstream media, just put out the casting call for the next mass shooter.”
Journalism is just the worst, y’know? This is what they’re reduced to, griping about CNN devoting chunks of their primetime broadcasts to a massacre of school students. What’s the next obsession du jour, huh? The War in Iran?
The constant complaints about the media are remarkable, and laughable. All conservatives are forthright, true and honest, which is why they’re always saying GET THAT CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE. That complaint is damn close to the one red state Trumpers have for the rest of us: WHY CAN’T THEY GIVE HIM A CHANCE? Seeing as how we don’t really know anything about this Donald fellow, it’s only fair we turn off the TV, the worldwide web, the radio, et. al. Everyone can emerge from their Brookstone caves the day before the election to take stock, and assess choices, etc. (…alternatively: Whatever happened to Due Process™?!)
Anyway it’s late I’m tired, and I’m going to bed. Dana Loesch:
“Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it,” Dana Loesch said Thursday. “Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings.”
More Dana, brave soul:
Loesch faced off with students who survived the shooting at a CNN-hosted forum…
“I had to have a security detail to get out,” she said of the Sunrise, Fla. event. “I wouldn’t be able to exit that if I didn’t have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her.”
“Burn her!” is what Florida teenagers say, all the time. They’re eerily like the Jonah Goldberg types who masturbate to audiobook recordings of The Crucible.
National Review’s David French:
The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America
Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984…
17 year-olds amount to Big Brother. Double plus chickenshit.
And here’s Eric Levitz, of New York Magazine:
On Guns, Liberals Are Flirting With the Politics of Fear. That’s Scary.
Liberal caveats, oh fuck me.
Much of Wednesday night’s discussion proceeded from the premise that American schools are exceptionally unsafe places, and that mass shootings are a top-tier threat to the lives of America’s young people. Neither of these assertions is true.
Schools in the United States are safer today than at any time in recent memory…
When a human-hunting sociopath enters the local elementary school armed with an assault rifle, just stay calm. Don’t freak out. It was only going to happen anyway – it’s statistics, okay? Instead, try and remember this: We’re certainly doing better now than ever. Golly Eric, what a clever little kitty you turned out to be.