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I’ve just read a newspaper account of a press conference given by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, at which he is said to have given that body’s first meaningful reaction to the horrific Newtown school shooting, America’s Dunblane. Most non-Americans don’t understand the complexities of the Second Amendment, so I’m not going to comment on Mr LaPierre’s proposal that armed guards be posted in every school in the nation, or on his comment that the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Instead I’ll leave it to the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who said,  ‘Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.’

I’m saying nothing either about the Association’s criticism of video games either, because I reckon they may have a point.

However when it comes to Mr LaPierre’s crackpot call for a national database of the mentally ill, I will not hold my fire. That is one of the most dangerous, evil and fascistic ideas I have ever heard, and yet it comes from a body that is said to have made campaign donations to half the members of the US Congress.

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  1. Tom C
    December 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    He may have to include himself on the database of the mentally ill after those comments.

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