with MSNBC, Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, called the gun group’s press conference a missed opportunity “to create another conversation at a higher level where the American people are right now.” He called LaPierre’s comments “very haunting and very disturbing.”
Interestingly I don’t think that the calls for a garrison state in our schools are the most troubling comments made by this NRA President. What I find disturbing lies around here…
How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave–while provoking others to try to make their mark? A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?
How do you take this seriously? One giant pile of mentally illness, as though it’s one giant swarm to shift through and all the same and can be calibrated to us being on the verge of “hundreds”
Though I guess right now every city’s newspaper in America has a bullet point article culled away with the “vague rumor caused increased police surveillance” story. (Literally one item in the Oregonian this weekend). And you replete it with the Mayan Calendar coinciding… How can we possibly guess by simply numbering the numbers of mentally ill people out there (stigmatizing such by throwing them in one giant pile)?
And this does what? I’m glad, I suppose, the NRA chieftain looks at the angle of mental health — but really the problem is the intersection of it with guns. The shooter in Sandy Hook was a severely mentally ill 20 year old who, first thing’s first before we contemplate his treatment, should not have been around sharp objects (Assault rifles). He was, thanks to his gun loving mom. Nothing the NRA is willing to deal with.