How else to interpret his rant in the The Daily Caller? LaPierre’s jeremiad, called “Stand and Fight,” is so over-the-top, so full of bigotry and bile, that he must intend it to produce a result opposite from what the reader thinks at first.
LaPierre claims “tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand and Fight to protect their families and homes. These good Americans,” the NRA’s executive vice president says, have the right “to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.”
Now, he says, “additional threats are growing.” Latin American drug gangs invade our cities through a porous southern border. These invaders are “criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery, and kidnapping.” Worse than criminals overrunning the border is the threat from al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, who use the border as “a path of entry into the country.”
Citizens, arm yourselves against the terrorist threat!
Wait, it’s worse than you think in Wayne’s world, because the Obama administration won’t accept responsibility when the next terrorist attack comes, but the president will use it as a pretext “to unleash a tsunami of gun control.”
A tsunami! Wow! Hard to imagine anything worse.
Wayne LaPierre does: He imagines a nightmarish scenario occurring after President Obama leads the nation to financial ruin. Bankrupt governments at all levels will be unable “to pay for police protection.” Owning a gun becomes an act of self-defense; “It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans” to arm themselves.”
LaPierre provides a preview of this dystopian universe in his recreation of south Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. “We saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia,” LaPierre writes. “Looters ran wild... There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark or you might not get home at all.”
As Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe points out, LaPierre offers no details on where in south Brooklyn this allegedly occurred. There were, to be sure, reports of looters ransacking stores after the floodwaters receded, but they were minor and seemingly in all cases the looters quickly dispersed when confronted by security guards.
Hardly “a hellish world.”
Except in Wayne’s World, where the subtext is obvious and frightening.
Hispanic drug gangs, don’t go out after dark, rioters in south Brooklyn? Get the picture? As Scarborough points out, LaPierre’s apocalyptic rant is “laced with racial overtones.”
LaPierre’s anti-immigrant, racist screed poses a problem for his allies in the Republican Party. Again, Joe Scarborough, a self-styled conservative Republican: GOP leaders, “If they were smart, would condemn” LaPierre, “but they’re not smart; they’re scared, and if they keep running scared they’re going to lose more votes, they’re going to get hammered in future elections if they allow this clown to continue to lead them around by their nose.”
But what if LaPierre were really a secret advocate of gun control? Then his rant would be brilliant.
Nah! No one’s that Machiavellian!
Could it be?