NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre did not have nice things to say about President Obama’s inaugural address…
“Obama wants to turn the term of absolutism into a dirty word,” LaPierre said in remarks, televised on cable news and broadcast on the gun owners organization’s website. “It’s a way of redefining words so that common sense is turned upside down and no one knows the difference,” he said accusing Obama of double-speak, adding that the term is “Obama-code for extremist.”
LaPierre’s remarks centered on a single line from Obama’s 2,108-word speech — one thought to be targeted at congressional Republicans.
“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” Obama said.
One quote that stood out to me from LaPierre: “We’re told that to stop insane killers, we must accept less freedom.”
LaPierre goes further to say this:
“Obama wants you to believe that putting the federal government in the middle of every firearm transaction — except those between criminals — will somehow make us safer,” he said. “He wants to put every firearm transaction… right under the thumb of the federal government.
“There are only two reasons for that federal list of gun owners —to tax them or take them — only two reasons,” he added.
I’m not entirely certain that I would argue this the same way as LaPierre, but the foundation of his point remains the same; if we want to rid our culture of violence, we must find the root of the problem and go from there. If we find out that guns are the reason that violent crimes happen, then let’s sit down and figure out what we should do from there. But, when 99.7% of gun owners are law-abiding, and more people are dying from murders conducted with baseball bats and hammers than rifles, I think it is safe to say that people do not commit crimes because guns are available.