NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre’s screed against everybody is on-going. In LaPierre’s mind the main victim of all this appears to be the NRA. But I want to set that aside for a moment and focus on one part of LaPierre’s statement — where he seems to be endorsing what amounts to ‘Prepper-ism’. We wrote about it today — the movement that Nancy Lanza was apparently a part of, that believes in storing supplies and guns for some inevitable collapse of civilization when it will be every man for himself.
LaPierre referenced this line at least a couple times.
The fact is this. That wouldn’t even begin to address the much larger, more lethal criminal class, killers, robbers, rapists, gang members, who have spread like cancer in every community across our nation. Meanwhile, while that happens, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% to the lowest levels in a decade. So now due to a declined willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years. Add another hurricane, terrorist attack, or some other natural or man made disaster, and you have got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.