Wayne LaPierre at NRA Conference today: “How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?”
None, Mr. LaPierre. I didn’t wish I had a gun. My girlfriend also didn’t wish she had a gun. None of the spectators wished they had a gun. In fact, well over twenty armed policemen and women were at the scene of the attack when it happened. Their guns didn’t help.
It’s not that guns can’t prevent crime—they most definitely can, when in the right hands. It’s not that we should be a gunless society—indeed, the brave men and women who protect us each day should be and always will be armed while carrying out their duties.
Your comments are unbelievably insulting to the thousands of people affected by this terrorist attack. The idea that somehow a lone ranger with a gun could have prevented the mass casualty incident we saw on Marathon Monday is ignorance at its best. Terrorism works because the perpetrators look just like us; in this case, a teenager and his older brother, one sporting a white cap, the other a black jacket. They looked like me. They looked like my friends. They looked like completely sane, promising young men, though we now know them to be psychopaths; individuals whose desire to harm and inflict anguish on thousands isn’t readily understood by most everyone we know.
It’s not that I wouldn’t have liked to cut them down with an assault rifle right after the bombs exploded; trust me, I would have loved that. Rather, Mr. LaPierre, the guns wouldn’t have helped. We couldn’t have distinguished, in the chaos, the bloodshed, the scores of the gravely wounded, who did this and where they were. Your ignorance to this fact is astounding, and it is with unmitigated gall that you’re politicizing one of the worst tragedies this country as ever faced. You’re unfit to lead even the most insignificant of movements, let alone the battle over the 2nd Amendment. While I don’t side with the NRA, they have a serious battle to fight, one that’s actually worth fighting for.
You, Mr. LaPierre, are a disgusting individual. You’re an embarrassment to this country and all its petitioners. You’re the dirtiest of the dirty; the most heartless of the bigots. Alongside Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, alongside those who willingly inflict harm and death upon the people of this great nation, you, Mr. LaPierre, are an unfathomable bastard.