Holding Two Contradictory Thoughts At Once @NRA @Chris Kyle @Gun Control
Chris Kyle was shot and killed by Iraq War vet Eddie Ray Routh this weekend. Kyle wrote the fascinating bestseller ‘American Sniper‘, a memoir of his service in which he set a new record for enemy kills in combat by a sniper. There is speculation that he may have been trying to talk down Routh, who may be suffering from PTSD, when he was shot down at point blank range. I enjoyed ‘American Sniper’ and while I may not have agreed with all of his politics, I certainly respected and admired his many accomplishments. My prayers and condolences go to his loved ones.
Of course, one would hope that losing someone like this in such a way would give the NRA pause, but I am not holding my breath. After all, if classrooms full of dead children aren’t enough to burst their bubble of willful ignorance, why would the murder of an American war hero make a difference? Instead, we are treated to Wayne La Pierre, head of the NRA, claiming that gun laws won’t work because of ‘the mental health lobby‘. The unmitigated audacity of this claim would be laughable if it weren’t for the body count that results from the efforts of Mr La Pierre and his gun lobby, who insist that your ‘ability to survive’ is compromised by not having access to assault rifles, despite the mountain of evidence that demonstrates that owning a gun doesn’t make your family safe.
So here are some questions about the murder of Chris Kyle for Wayne LaPierre and the NRA-
Was the shooting range a ‘gun free zone’?
Why haven’t we armed everyone at shooting ranges?
If one of the best shooters in the world can be taken out by a disturbed individual with a gun, how can we expect elementary school teachers to defend children against a disturbed individual with a gun?
How did Americans survive before the invention of the assault rifle?
I will await your responses with patience.