- When Bill Clinton and the anti-gun harpies seized on
the recent shooting in Michigan to push for yet another round of gun restrictions,
Wayne La Pierre of the NRA struck back, accusing the administration of
being "willing to tolerate a certain level of killing because such
sensational incidents provide fuel for their purging fires. Clinton and
his press minions are in high dudgeon at La Pierre,s apparent blasphemy,
and have countered with charges that La Pierre is a "sick fanatic.
- In a tiresome repeat of his most successful rhetorical
trickery, Bill Clinton again tries to paint himself as the victim, to scale
the moral high ground and stand as defender of the weak. With a shudder
of indignation in his voice, he shakes his head and says "I would
like to see him [La Pierre] look Kayla Rolland,s mother in the eye and
- Well, Mr. Clinton, I don,t speak for Wayne La Pierre,
or the National Rifle Association, but I,ll rise to that challenge.
- I,ll gladly look Kayla Rolland,s mother in the eye and
defend my right to keep and bear arms. I,ll gladly cite case after case
of little girls who are still alive because their mothers or fathers took
up arms in their defense. I,ll stand face to face with her and tell her
that I,m appalled at the death of her daughter, but that that death is
not on my hands, or those of the NRA, because I don,t kill people and neither
does Wayne La Pierre. There are people in the country who kill, and we
- Then, I return the challenge to you, Mr. President.
- Stand in my place, and tell Mrs. Rolland how your Justice
Department has failed to prosecute any significant percentage of the felons
who have been snared by the background checks you insisted on You can point
out how the cooling body of every child shot down in the last few years
has been a platform from which to launch your disarmament agenda.
- Why the push to disarm us Mr. President? "For the
children? If you,re so concerned about "the children, why don,t you
enforce the laws you,ve already put on the books? Why do you shrill for
new laws, laws which would have had no effect on the Michigan shooting,
or the LA day care shooting, or the Columbine shooting Why do you demand
more laws that only serve to punish law-abiding Americans, while turning
a blind eye to the depredations of violent criminals?
- Do you want criminals disarmed, Mr. Clinton? Or do you
want America disarmed? Because if you are trying to protect our children,
it seems to me that the place to start is with the people most likely to
harm them. But your laws don,t keep guns from criminals; they don,t buy
their guns at sporting goods stores and gun shows. They steal them. They
buy them from other people who steal them. But they don,t submit to background
checks. And any adult who is irresponsible enough to leave a gun lying
where a 6-year-old can find it isn,t conscientious enough to make sure
a trigger lock is in place.
- So I,m afraid you,re going to have to confess to Mrs.
Rolland that your gun laws are knee-jerk responses to a far more difficult
question, a question you can,t answer. And that as a result, you settle
for superficial, headline-grabbing demagoguery that costs America its precious
right to self-defense.
- Pull up a chair. This could take a while. Mention your
friends David Geffen and Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, who peddle their message
of hate and violence in pretty packages then stand on the stage at the
Oscars and take home prizes for their work. Tell her how you and Jack Valenti
laughed off suggestions that the media tone down the blood orgy they celebrate,
and how you,ve successfully campaigned to have God stripped from the public
discourse, except as the butt of increasingly un-funny jokes.
- Regale her with tales of how you and your Left-wing fellow
travelers have uprooted all sense of morality and tradition from our country,
and replaced them with self-service, venality, and deceit. Whatever mendacity
you can get away with is fine. And if you get caught? No problem. Your
friends will shield you. Too bad her daughter didn,t have a Praetorian
Guard around her. You can always get around the fact that these shootings
keep happening on your watch, despite your unceasing clamor for more gun
- Wag your finger at her and tell her how you "did
NOT with that woman Then whisper the salacious details of your harassment
of Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones, and cap it off with a gory retelling
of Juanita Broaddrick,s rape. Mrs. Rolland will no doubt be spellbound.
- Buy her a cup of coffee; you can afford it. The Chinese
have funneled millions to your re-election campaigns, in exchange for which
they now stand poised to launch nuclear missiles at California, using technology
you made possible. Oh, and they,re a Most Favored Nation, so they can still
sell us slave-made tennis shoes while they,re melting downtown LA into
a large glass parking lot.
- Tell her about Kosovo. Tell her about Iraq. Tell her
about Haiti and Somalia and the Panama Canal. You may want to ignore the
fact that 800,000 natives were being slaughtered in Africa, at the same
time you were crying crocodile tears about fictional atrocities in the
Balkans. And that Christians are being butchered daily in northern Africa
by Muslim fanatics while you fiddle. Oh, and the human rights record of
your Chinese friends isn,t exactly on Amnesty International,s hit parade.
- Explain how Vince Foster shot himself to death, then
drove himself to a park in Washington D.C. And how 900 FBI files on your
political opponents mysteriously appeared in the White House, right before
the Congress abandoned its constitutional duty to check the power of the
Chief Executive, and right before the stalwart House leadership vanished
like a wraith into the night.
- Tell her how the greatest criminal in this country occupies
the highest office in the land, and that he lies down with men who are
nothing more than apologists for certain preferred ethnic classes. She,ll
understand that those men protect their followers from the consequences
of their own actions. Actions like becoming addicted to drugs and leaving
a loaded and illegal pistol lying where a 6-year-old boy can find it.
Give her the rundown on how "It takes a village to raise a child in
a crack house, surrounded by welfare leeches and felons, and how your "village
managed to look the other way for half a decade of this child,s life.
- Remind her that if your Justice Department had enforced
the 20,000 gun control laws already on the books, her daughter would still
be alive. . You can describe the brutality and malfeasance and cover-ups
you engineered in the aftermath of Waco. But make sure you blame her death
on the gun and that madman, Wayne La Pierre.
- As long as you,re at it, you might as well let her in
on the secret: that La Pierre represents a mob of raving, camo-clad rednecks.
He,s part of that mythical, faceless "gun lobby you blame every time
your nihilistic lunacy breeds another horror. Be sure to describe the NRA
as a monolith of evil, pushing its cold-hearted agenda as the victims of
mayhem chill in morgue lockers across the country. Don,t mention the fact
that the NRA has always and unfailingly called for safe, sane use of firearms
and the harshest possible penalties for their misuse. Don,t mention that
it,s the Left-wing judiciary that frees felons in fits of misguided compassion,
only to watch as they take up illegal arms and kill again. And don,t mention
that you continue to nominate such irresponsible judges to the federal
bench, and to smear anyone who opposes them. Or that you,re owned body
and soul by the Trial Lawyers Association, who -- coincidentally -- contributed
heftily to your re-election.
- Explain to her that her daughter is dead because a disturbed
blob of humanity was thrown into a world far beyond his comprehension,
and that the powers that should have contained and defused his inchoate
anger were passed out on the couch. The watchdogs from the Department of
Social Services were sitting in the break room eating donuts and kvetching
about their overwhelming case loads. And the teachers at his school were
busy comparing notes on "Heather Has Two Mommies and planning next
year,s Kwanzaa festivities. Bring along the rap sheets of the uncles and
"cousins and other guests at the child,s flop house so you can explain
how repeat offenders and social parasites are the "controlling legal
authority over the natural rage of a maligned 6-year-old.
- Finally, you can explain to her how this child was supposed
to keep his murderous impulses in check at the age of six while you,
slightly older chronologically and in a position of ultimate authority,
can,t seem to keep your fly buttoned.
- By time you,re done with your chat, I,m sure you,ll have
convinced her that but for your unbending defense, those crazies from the
NRA would have armed everyone but the parish priest, and that La Pierre
is Martin Bormann,s understudy. You,ve managed to sell that soap to a lot
of muddled Americans already.
- On the other hand, maybe Mrs. Rolland will be smart enough
to see you for the fraud that you are. Maybe she,ll reject your suggestions
and misdirections and come to her own logical conclusions. Her daughter
will still be dead, no matter how many platitudes and lies you mouth, and
tragically, that one truth will survive your siege. She may realize that
she compounds the tragedy when she lets a second-rate hustler like you
strangle the liberties of honest citizens in her daughter,s name.
- Even with all your posturing, your unctuous riverboat
charm, and legions of lackeys pressing your case, it may dawn on her that
Wayne La Pierre is right. You ARE willing to exploit any horror to advance
your cause. Her daughter,s death has been boiled down to its spin value.
And the only redemption you seek is for your stained and sorry legacy.
- If she,s astute enough to see through your pose, if her
grief hasn,t overwhelmed her reason, if her loss compels her to seek answers
instead of hysterically venting, then you,ll be glad you have those Secret
Service goons standing nearby. If they,re fast with a handkerchief, they
can keep you from getting too embarrassed when Mrs. Rolland spits in your
- ------- "The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness."
--Niels Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist
- ----- GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
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