Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bearing False Witness

In the news today, other than Israel bombing Syria and the surprise contraction of the economy last quarter, was the testimony of NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre before Congress. I admit I was more curious about this particular day of testimony than others. For LaPierre staying true to his one lifelong obligation, to thwart any regulation of guns, requires dishonesty so complete and unabashed it is a phenomenon to see on display. Lots of people appear before Congress and lie—it's like an American tradition. But LaPierre plays on another level, a pathological level. Today he did not disappoint. And the contrast between LaPierre and a normal human being could not have been more striking, because still-recovering gun violence victim and former Representative Gabrielle Giffords preceded him saying, among other things:
Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important: violence is a problem. Too many children are dying.
 If that weren't poignant enough, right after Giffords spoke to the Senate committee another shooting took place in Arizona, her home state, in which one person was killed and two were wounded. The suspect, still at large, is a 70-year-old white male.

Moloch still reigns, and LaPierre his high priest.

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