Rachel Marsden
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After a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., the injection of anything short of seriousness into the subsequent public discourse about guns is touchy. But last week, the National Rifle Association blasted numerous rounds into that particular barrier with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's mouth.

The organization's hysteric solution to gun violence in America is to put designated sitting ducks -- er, "armed police officers" -- in every American school. Apparently the secret is now out that such places are "gun-free," and LaPierre says that "(gun-free school zones) tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."

Why don't school shootings happen every day, then? Probably because "insane killers" aren't bestowed with the logical thought processes attributed to them by the NRA chief. That's why they are, by definition, insane.

Similarly, why does every scenario proposed by the NRA always amount to something straight out of a Sylvester Stallone movie? Here are a few examples:

-- A burglar enters your home with a gun. Most likely he just wants to steal your stuff and take off. The fact that he's already desperate enough to have committed a burglary means that he's hard up for cash or goods at best, unstable at worst. So, best to get your gun, point it at the intruder and pull the trigger, right? NO!

While that might sound easy, he still has the advantage -- unless you're a legitimate psychopath yourself. Brigadier Gen. S.L.A Marshall pegged the firing rate among World War II combat soldiers at only 15 percent to 20 percent of maximum rate, even when the enemy was exposed -- meaning that soldiers found killing to be prohibitively counterintuitive and wouldn't kill the enemy despite having a clear shot. So if you think that you'd just blow the guy away like in the movies, you're either lacking in self-awareness, or you're precisely the kind of person who should not be unilaterally meting out justice as you see fit.

-- Someone runs up to you in a parking lot, holds up a gun and tells you to give him your money. The NRA would have you pull out your own gun and shoot him. Problem solved, right? NO!

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Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
 
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