You may think that the NRA leadership's response to the murders of Connecticut children is inadequate. You may even deem it mad as well as rapacious. I do. However, the organization's sense of that high-powered mayhem may well be nowhere close to the lunacy of its stand on the issue of weapons in the hands of potential terrorists. The NRA has long stood against legislation introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg and New York Republican Congressman and Homeland Security Committee Chair, Peter King. Their proposal would close a ridiculous gap in existing federal law about who may and may not buy or own firearms.
There will be readers who will ask for the NRA leeadership's side in this. They can spend their own astonished time at its website. And while I've written before that I'm not against gun-ownership per se (my son is a champion marksman and I avidly support his efforts), I'm not a born-yesterday-naif either. The kastrationangst and base greed that compels the NRA to oppose clear-as-a-bell-sensible anti-terror (and other reasonable) legislation should be called out for what it is: the flailing of dangerous, weapons industry-enabled psychopathology.