If you noticed fewer creepy people in your home town this weekend, it could be because the NRA was having its big convention in Houston. Wayne LaPierre delivered one of his trademark arms apocalypse speeches. LaPierre asked “How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?” when cops were hunting for the Boston bombers in Watertown. Wish? I don’t know if you realize this, Wayne, but nobody in America is “wishing” for a gun. Thanks to you guys, anybody who wants one can get one at virtually any time. At this point, everyone—and I mean everyone—who wants a gun has a gun. The gun sales are just being driven by the people who want more guns… and more guns. Anyone who ever wished for a gun had the NRA fairy grant their wish ages ago, even if they couldn’t pass a background check.
Glenn Beck delivered the keynote speech at the NRA convention. That is one discordant keynote. In one of his typical displays of good taste, Beck brought a pressure cooker as a prop. Glenn referred to the pressure cooker as his “grandmother’s pastime.” I assume he meant cooking with a pressure cooker, but with Glenn Beck you realize he could have meant his grandmother’s pastime was setting off bombs. My favorite point was when Glenn repeatedly yelled “Have we gone insane?” Glenn, if by “we” you mean yourself and the rest of the people at the NRA convention, the answer is an emphatic yes. When Glenn Beck is in front of an audience of gun crazies yelling “Have we gone insane?” you keep waiting for him to add “Have we gone crazy… yet?”
The NRA convention was taking place right after the tragic shooting of a child, but then it would be impossible to schedule an NRA convention that didn’t. In this case, a 5-year old shot and killed his 2-year old sister with a gun he was given as a gift that was specifically marketed to children... or as gun enthusiasts refer to it, “an unavoidable incident.” The grandmother of the slain 2-year old said “It was God’s will. It was her time to go, I guess.” Honestly, you may have bumped up “her time to go” by 70 or 80 years when you bought a gun for her 5-year old brother. It’s funny how “God’s will” always seems to line up so perfectly with the consequences of incredibly stupid decisions taken by people who then cite God’s will.