The NRA uses ideology (mostly against peace-loving, healthy Americans). But it's not about ideology. It's about money -- the wealth of the gun manufacturer and its lobby, the NRA. Like many institutions, whether they're about breast cancer, clean food, orphans, or Christianity, begin by raising money for the cause and end up focusing on raising money to keep the institution in business and its leaders in a job.
Wayne LaPierre's idea of putting an armed guard in every schoool means money in the pockets of his lobby group and the industry it serves, pure and simple. Indignation in the service of the his wallet, not the nation. The NRA has become a group of bandits, presumably well-armed, and allied to a "cacophony of paranoia and incoherence" -- and violence -- within the Republican party.
Trying to guarantee safety via armed protection of any venue that might attract a maniac bent on killing as many people as possible before being killed or killing himself would require armed guards in many other places: playgrounds, daycare centers, amusement parks, theatres, shopping malls—anyplace where a shooter might find a crowd.
Under the N.R.A.’s proposal, by the way, the multi-billion-dollar costs of recruiting, training, and arming the new force of armed school guards, which would be roughly the size of the French army, are to be borne by the Federal government—the same Federal government that the N.R.A. normally views as an evil octopus with jackboots on all eight tentacles. In his prepared script for his “press conference,” LaPierre dismissed these costs with a wave of the hand, saying, “With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can’t afford to put a police officer in every school?” (Italics his.) The N.R.A. is an important component of the conservative movement. This latest proposal is a striking instance of that movement’s devolution into a cacophony of paranoia and incoherence. ...New Yorker
Hendrik Hertzberg makes a great point. And I like his conclusion to all this nonsense on the part of the NRA.
Let’s put a police officer in every gun shop—there are slightly more than fifty thousand—in the United States. That would be half as expensive, and much, much more to the point. ...New Yorker