LUPICA: Trump and his NRA pals are living in fear of high school kids -

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

LUPICA: Trump and his NRA pals are living in fear of high school kids

President Trump (c.) spoke at the NRA convention in Dallas on Friday, May 4, 2018. (Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News/TNS)
You can only imagine the fear that President Trump and his vice president, Pence — Pence is now an opening act for Joe Arpaio, who as a sheriff in Arizona once out-goobered the sheriff played by Jackie Gleason in "Smokey and the Bandit" — must have felt the other day when they spoke at the NRA convention in Dallas in front of an audience not allowed to carry guns.
But these were their people, after all, fellow congregants and supplicants at the Church of the American Gun. And this was, after all, an occasion to celebrate the notion, not even three months after 14 students and three adults were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., that the only way to make people safe in the most violent and dangerous gun nation in modern history is even more guns.
So they celebrated a man named Stephen Willeford at the NRA convention. He was the man who chased down Devin Kelley, the shooter at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, six months ago, after Kelley's AR-15 had shot 26 people dead at that church.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are coming after President Trump and his NRA friends armed with a message for gun law change. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
"He had an AR-15 and so did I," Willeford told the convention crowd, as if the solution to everything would simply be more easy killing guns like that in Baptist churches and Florida high schools and Connecticut elementary schools. Maybe the only thing we needed when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from his 32nd floor window at the Mandalay Bay hotel and killed 58 people and wounded 850 more was a room service waiter with an AR-15 of his own.
But here was the unctuous Pence standing in a gun-free zone in Dallas on Friday and saying this: "Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens (make) our communities more safe, not less." He said this, straight-faced, in a country where there have been 152 mass shootings (the definition of a mass shooting is four or more people killed, not including the shooter) in the last nine years.
“Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens (make) our communities more safe, not less," vice president Mike Pence said at the NRA convention in Dallas. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
And the solution offered at the Church of the American Gun is more guns, in a hall filled with people the President called patriots, all those who mock the notion of gun-free zones, and think you can prevent all future Parklands by arming more reading specialists and phys ed teachers.
They want nothing to change with guns. They continue to get enough slow learners to believe that if you take AR-15s out of the hands of civilians and strengthen background checks, if you simply do that, it is the first step towards taking all guns away, and folding the Second Amendment into a party hat. It means they weren't really holding that convention in Dallas. They held it in Crazytown.

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