A columnist for Esquire is pleading with gun owners to turn against the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the wake of Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting that killed 59 and left over 500 with injuries.
George P. Pierce, author of “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue In The Land Of The Free,” wrote an op-ed Tuesday titled, “A Letter To Law-Abiding Gun Owners.” Pierce thinks that now, more than ever, gun owners have an obligation because they are “really the only people who can swing us back to sanity.”
“You’re the only ones who can do it. Nobody listens to liberals on the issue. Congress is bought and paid for, where it isn’t abjectly terrified. You’re the only significant block of voters with the power to force the issue of actual American carnage,” Pierce wrote.
“As should be clear by now, the NRA’s agenda is not your own. The NRA is the lobbying arm of the armaments industry. It has that industry’s interests at heart and not your own,” Pierce wrote. “Either wrench the NRA back to its original purpose or pull out of it, all of you.”
Pierce assured gun owners that no one is going to come take their guns away, and they will still be allowed “to shoot at targets and ventilate large fauna.”
A gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands gathered in Las Vegas for a country music festival Sunday evening, killing 59 and injuring more than 500. The gunman was identified Monday morning as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev. Police found Paddock dead in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Police recovered 23 guns from the Paddock’s room and another 19 from his home roughly 80 miles from the hotel.
Las Vegas citizens have responded with enormous acts of generosity. Hundreds of people lined up as early as 4 a.m. Monday to donate blood and show their support for the victims and their families.
The NRA has remained silent on its website and social media pages following Sunday’s attack, choosing not to release a formal statement on the event.
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