The man who probably — tragically — is going to be our governor after Mike Beebe has been propped up by the National Rifle Association as leader of its effort to . . . well, have guys grab guns and go to school.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
I’m referring to the eternal candidate, Asa Hutchinson, to whom the Republicans seem inclined to cede their gubernatorial nomination in 2014. And the Democrats seem equally inclined to cede the general election, now that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has made a mess.
It’s my considered opinion that you can’t get too gun-loving for rural Arkansas, where they favor drive-by deer hunting from the state highway.
Asa indeed may try to get too gun-crazed in this new role, but I’m thinking this assignment amounts to governor’s votes in the bank for him.
You see, the NRA announced Friday that it believes the problem at Newtown, Ct., was that there weren’t enough guns at the school.
So rather than try to restrict a particular form of close-range, heavily-clipped, semi-automatic weapon that is ideal for slaughtering 20 first-graders in a classroom before police arrive, the gun lobby says we need to use the central federal government to order up armed guards at all our schools.
Children would be safer in a crossfire, presumably.
Columbine had an armed guard. For the record.
The NRA executive director talked at times of federally funded police officers at schools and at other times merely of armed security officers. But when Our Boy Asa got up to talk as chairman of some kind of gun-worshipping task force, he actually uttered this phrase: “volunteer armed guards.”
Here are three words I would prefer never to see juxtaposed: “volunteer” and “armed” and “schools.”
I’m wondering if maybe if the PTA couldn’t become the Parent Teacher Arsenal.
The gun industry is a brilliant racket. Its answer to every problem it creates is to let it compound the problem with more sales.
Meantime, the NRA blather is spreading that banning semi-assault weapons would ban basic deer rifles, because you can pull those triggers rat-a-tat.
It’s, well, a lie.
A deer rifle is designed for longer range and less ammunition and fewer shots. Deer run fast. In the woods.
The legislation can be written plainly — as is the case with U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s bill — to make clear specifically the weapons and their ammunition-loaded capacities that you are banning for sale.
Further, the NRA blather that banning the sale of weapons wouldn’t stop crazy bad people from doing crazy bad things is, of course, true.
It simply would establish as public policy that we as Americans don’t think you ought to be able to go buy a semi-military gun suitable not for sport or self-defense, but mass murder.
It simply would establish as public policy that we as Americans think Adam Lanza should have been more primitively equipped.
Now, all that said, I could go for a compromise. Armed police officers at schools and passage of the Feinstein bill.
I proposed that yesterday on social media to a gun advocate who said he’d give up his 2nd Amendment rights when I gave up my 1st Amendment rights.
OK. We have a deal.
I already concede some of my free-press rights by being subjected to laws against libel. I just want the gun industry to be subjected to laws against children-slaughtering devices.