The NRA’s press conference and suggestions were somewhat astonishing:
- Don’t regulate guns, regulate video games.
- Don’t blame gun-owners, create a database of all the mentally disabled/ill and track them.
- “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” which boggles the mind.
- Congress should authorise armed guards at every school and public location in the country – both the cost and the impact on civil liberties make this a gobsmacking proposal.
So, the NRA proposes turning the US into a nation of people who risk being sectioned as having any form of mental disability for fear of being digitally-tagged and monitored, while armed guards stand at the entrance to any public or private building, school, theatre, shopping centre or street-corner to protect each other from guns.
The entire economy of the US risks being gun-based. Hundreds of thousands of people hired – at taxpayer expense – to shoot anyone who attempts to use their gun, while everyone else buys and sells guns, grenades and Kevlar vests to each other. Douglas Adams spoke of the Shoe Event Horizon, when every business becomes a shoe shop. I think the US just reached the Gun Event Horizon.
This all sounds just slightly mad.