The NRA has spoken; and their answer to the horrors of Newtown Connecticut is to tell Congress to set aside a massive amount of money to station an armed guard at every school.
This is a great solution for weapons manufacturers because it creates a huge new market for their products.
I have a better suggestion.
If stationing an armed guard at every school is the only way to avoid another Newtown massacre, weapons manufacturers, not taxpayers, should bear the burden as a cost of doing business.
Half of all taxpayers don’t even own a gun, but we are all vulnerable to weapons stockpiled by the rest, and we all pay the collateral costs of gun violence.
I don’t want to hear any more about how “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” People with guns kill people in extremely large numbers in this country, and that smug little truism does nothing to alter reality.
It is shocking and shameful that we have allowed our Constitution to be hijacked by an industry and its auxiliaries to justify a class of products that are about nothing more noble than wholesale slaughter.
It’s time to demand from Big Weapons the same kind of payback as we demanded from Big Tobacco, who successfully avoided government regulation of their deadly product for decades with the argument that it would violate our Constitutional rights.