The Pope and The NRA

So what does the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vice President of the National Rifle Association have in common?  Answer – They are both organization men, and both hold delusional views.

Oh, please, tell me something I don’t know.

The Pope set his marker down with his annual Christmas message.  Gratuitously, the Pope slammed same sex marriage and the aspirations of homosexuals.  The Pope spoke of the need to keep marriage between one man and one woman because same sex marriage deteriorates “normal” marriage, and that would lead to war.  Hmmm.  I wonder where the Pope has been these last few years?

Wayne LaPierre, NRA Vice President and chief spokesperson, stepped forward Friday and offered the NRA thoughts on how to prevent another Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  LaPierre’s answer was for the Federal Government to place a trained and armed guard in every US public school.  Hmmm.

The Pope’s views are delusional because homosexuality is a natural condition.  Further the fight for same sex marriage is partly for recognition (committed relationships are good things) and partly for access to the same benefits “married heterosexuals” enjoy.  In every aspect of committed same sex lives, there are no differences with traditionally married couples when it comes to careers, public service, or community life.  Homosexuals contribute to society.  These are not “bad” people.

LaPierre and the NRA make the delusional scoreboard with their seemingly blind view of Sandy Hook.  There are over 100,000 K-12 public schools .  If you assume that a trained, armed, and dependable school guard would need to earn $60,000 in salary and benefits, that would mean the US would be shelling out $60 billion each year (correction, the number should be $6 billion, see comments).  Another way of looking at that is 100,000 armed guards would represent $15,000 (correction, this number should be $1500) expenditure for every one of the NRA’s 4 million members.  Do you think LaPierre has been listening to the fiscal cliff discussions?

The Pope and LaPierre head organizations.  These men hold personal views and they also hold organizational views.  Both organizations are facing changing times where common sense is resisting past orthodoxies because those past views no longer conform with reality.  The Catholic Church has elected to chart its survival by appealing to the most conservative and encouraging them with messages that play to their basest fears.  The NRA whose members include sportsman, hunters, and gun enthusiasts has chosen to focus upon those who fear for their personal safety, especially those who join militias and train for outdoor survival.

Hmmm.  Now that I think about this, there is certainly a lot in common between these two men and two organizations.

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3 Comments on “The Pope and The NRA”

  1. List of X Says:

    Your math is off: $60K x 100,000 = $6 Billion, not 60. But you have to add equipment, training, and you need more than 1 guard per school in the district so that they could be replaced when they take vacation – so that would be closer to 10 Billion.
    But I love the irony of the conservative NRA requesting more government spending and more regulation (to mandate the guards).


    • X, thank you.. good catch…

      There are already “guards” at many schools… particularly in inner cities. These guards look like the “rent a policeman” you see at malls. They don’t cost as much as $60,000 per year and don’t come with retirement obligations either… but they don’t inspire me to think school children would be any safer… and in some cases might be in danger from the guards going off the deep end.


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