Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association was a speaker at CPAC, as he usually is, and he presented a nightmarish, dystopic vision of life in America, where we must all apparently cower in fear while barricaded in our heavily fortified and armed homes.
“In the world that surrounds us,” he proclaimed, “there are terrorists, and there are home-invaders, drug cartels, car-jackers, knockout-gamers, and rapers, and haters, and campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse our society that sustains us all.”
“Do you trust this government to protect you?” LaPierre asked the crowd, which responded with a resounding “no!”
“We are on our own. That is a certainty.”
Gosh, you would never know that violent crime in America has been dropping steadily and is now less than half the rates from 40 years ago. But LaPierre knows what his job is and his job is to be the marketing wing for the gun industry. His job is to sell fear to the public, fear of other people and of the government seizing our guns, which has apparently been right on the verge of happening for the last 50 years.