To the Editor:
Since the Newtown shootings, there have been 15 mass shootings in the United States and it’s about time that proper credit is given where credit is due. Criminals and the criminally mentally ill should all offer the National Rifle Association their sincere thanks for the efforts it has made on their behalf. The NRA has worked tirelessly to give these people unfettered access to the tools they require to murder as many people as they can as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Mass shooters need to send the NRA a big thank-you note for implying that identifying the mentally ill cannot be done simultaneously with stricter gun laws and for creating the red-herring boogeyman of video games and movies. They also need to thank the NRA for buying or intimidating enough legislators into opposing universal background checks for all gun purchases that would have closed the gun show loophole even though 90 percent of all Americans support such common-sense legislation. Because of the NRA anyone, no matter what his or her criminal or mental record is, can purchase a variety of guns (including assault weapons) from private vendors in any of 33 states.
Criminals should also thank the NRA for using hunters and gun collectors as unwitting shills by convincing them that even the most timid and reasonable gun restrictions means that their government is coming for their guns. It’s amazing that the NRA has gotten many of those who think that the same government they say cannot do anything right can somehow be capable confiscating over 300 million guns. So thank-you NRA for promoting “American exceptionalism” by allowing America’s criminals to be the best armed mass-murderers in the world.