After standing in symbolic silence to mourn 21 victims of the latest school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of attendees at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston celebrated their love of firearms, cheering loudly the founding principle of the organization echoed by keynote speaker Donald Trump. “As the old saying goes, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
The fact that 19 ‘good guys’ stood idly outside a classroom as a bad guy slaughtered children inside on Tuesday was lost on a convention that has outright rejected school reform measures. guns, even in an hour of national tragedy. “We all know they want a total gun confiscation, just know that would be a first step. Once they’ve taken step one, they’ll take step two, step three, step four, and then you’ll have a whole new look at the Second Amendment,” Trump told delegates.
Attendees feasted on acres and acres of the latest guns at the convention after ignoring hundreds of protesters massed outside, some carrying signs reading “Shame” and “Protect Children, Not Guns.”
Speakers advocated for tougher security measures such as hardening schools, arming teachers, locking classrooms, putting up bulletproof doors, single point of entry into schools , guarded by armed police or trained military veterans, among measures to contain school shootings — not gun control. It is not clear whether the same measures can apply to churches, shopping malls, supermarkets, cinemas, universities, etc. – all mass shooting sites.
“Laws won’t change evil. Evil doesn’t obey laws,” said one delegate, echoing a familiar argument made by gun enthusiasts. Blaming ‘social ills’ propagated by Democrats, Liberals, the media, Communists, Marxists and other political enemies for the mass shootings, the gun mob argued for what they called Americans’ “constitutional right” to defend themselves.
“We, the NRA, will never stop fighting for the right of the innocent and law-abiding to defend themselves against the evil criminal element that plagues our society because we know there can be no freedom, security, security without the right of law-abiding people to bear arms in self-defense,” said NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre.
Speakers including Trump and his surrogates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz picked out statistics to dump on Democratic-run cities such as Chicago, which they described as hell, to argue that tough laws don’t hold back armed violence. Although Chicago has high gun crime, on a per capita population basis, it ranks below many Republican-run cities.
Trump went so far as to obliquely defend the police in the killing of George Floyd, saying, “The same Democratic politicians who rioted over a single police-involved killing two years ago are insensitive to the growing death toll of their own radical policies. ”
The basic argument of gun enthusiasts repeated in many ways throughout the day was the same: gun control measures don’t work; more guns and more security is the answer to gun violence.
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