I have only just caught up with the latest insights of one Oliver North ( the man who embarrassed the US a few years back in the Iran-Contra affair), in which he arranged for the U.S. to illegally sell weapons to Iran of all places—violating an arms embargo—then funnelled the proceeds to the Contras, who were fighting Ortega’s left-wing government.
I acknowledge that, knowing all about arms deals, Mr North definitely qualifies as the new President of the NRA and no doubt he will be well respected as a Vietnam veteran, remembering back to when he was a lieutenant colonel serving on the National Security Council. I presume that those who voted for him in his new position would have been well aware that he was charged with various felonies related to Iran-Contra and convicted of three. Fortunately in the new era, past crimes only matter if you are an immigrant.
Now Mr North is offering to solve the mass gun crime shootings in American Schools by placing the blame squarely on too much Ritalin made available to young boys, slack attitudes to abortion and on poor security in the schools. The abortion bit was a little puzzling to me since aborting future mass murderers seemed a neat if somewhat far fetched solution. I hope this does not imply we should be asking for details of Oliver North’s own drug prescription.
The other puzzle in his speech was that he seemed totally opposed to the notion that gun laws need to be reviewed. Should I be presumptuous and suggest that some computer savvy geek show the NRA president how to use Wikipedia? Other first world nations with more sensible gun laws don’t have anything like America’s gun crime death toll.
At least God is being consulted. I note that the self-claimed born again President Trump offers prayers and condolences instead of restrictions on gun sales each time this happens. Twenty one mass shootings for one month. Perhaps if the President were to speak louder and face the right direction, God might hear!