Dear Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association,
Well, it was only a matter of time before we heard of another gun tragedy. Thanks to the hard work of you and your NRA lobbyists and your successful shilling for gun manufacturers, it was not a matter of if, but when the next massacre would happen. Congratulations, you did it! You successfully scared so many spineless Congress members that our weak-tea gun laws are now so ineffective that a clearly mentally ill man, who claimed he was hearing voices and that a microwave machine was penetrating his body, got his hand on killing machines. The simple fact that he could buy an assault weapon and get into the Navy Yard with his still valid pass and proceed to slaughter whoever happened to be in his field of vision is a testament to how easy it is for anyone, mentally stable or not, to access a powerful weapon and point and shoot it.
The Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, suffered from a myriad of mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, as well as hearing voices in his head and the microwave delusion. He had been treated since August by Veterans Affairs for his mental problems, officials said. The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.
Wayne, does that worry you? Does the fact that a severely mentally disturbed man, one who had been treated by the VA, was honorably discharged and sent on his merry way to bring about havoc and destruction bother you at all? See? Your killing of any responsible gun control legislation, including background checks, worked great, you must be so proud.
Remember when you stated last December that you want an active national registry mental health database? How interesting. You absolutely freak out over the slightest perception of a database of gun owners, claiming that President Obama wants to create one (false) so he can come to your house and take all your guns away, but you have absolutely no problem taking the names and private health information of those who seek help for their squishy emotional problems.
“The federal law pretty much says that anyone who has been involuntarily committed or anyone who has been determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, those two categories are prohibited from possessing firearms,” says Lindsay Nichols, an attorney with the Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Well, that certainly covers a small tiny little percentage of those who have mental health issues. Wayne, do you really think that is a reasonable or realistic approach? Right now, millions of US citizens seek help with all kinds of problems from anxiety to eating disorders to depression all the way up the crazy scale to full blown Schizophrenia. What about all the soldiers who have come home with PTSD? I suppose you would like to target them and make their lives even more difficult with a good old fashioned public shaming by adding these heroes’ names to your database of crazy. Not that you would know anything about being a soldier and seeing war up close and personal.
How do you justify this complete intrusion into the private lives of public citizens? So Wayne, exactly what do you consider mental health problems? Are you suggesting that anyone who visits a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or therapist be fingerprinted and publicly named?
The American Psychiatric Association took issue with your ridiculous and out of touch statement. The APA’s past President Dr. Dilip Jeste said in a statement that your comments were unfair and inaccurate.
“Only 4 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness,” Jeste said. “About one quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, and only a very small percentage of them will ever commit violent crimes.”
The APA’s CEO Dr. James H. Scully added that your remarks serve to perpetuate the idea that mental illness and evil are one and the same. Personally Wayne, I think you are a monster, a sociopath and a blood thirsty evil maniac, but that’s just my opinion; I’m no psychiatrist.
Hey Wayne, did you realize that since the Newtown, CT horror last December there have been 17 mass shootings in the United States? Think about that, 17 massacres within 9 months. Hard to imagine? Let me help clarify where all this blood was spilt.
Mass Shootings since Newtown:
Sept. 16, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – 13 dead (including gunman)
Sept. 11, 2013 – Crab Orchard, Tenn. – 4 dead
August 14, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – 4 dead
August 11, 2013 – Omaha, Neb. – 4 dead
Aug. 7, 2013 – Dallas – 4 dead
July 26, 2013 – Hialeah, Fla. – 7 dead (including gunman)
July 26, 2013 – Clarksburg, W. Va. – 4 dead
June 7, 2013 – Santa Monica, Calif. – 5 dead (including gunman)
May 11, 2013 – Waynesville, Ind. – 4 dead
May 10, 2013 – Fernley, Nev. – 5 dead
April 24, 2013 – Manchester, Ill. – 5 dead
April 21, 2013 – Federal Way, Wash. – 4 dead (including gunman)
April 18, 2013 – Akron, Ohio – 4 dead
March 13, 2013 – Herkimer County, N.Y. – 4 dead
Jan. 19, 2013 – Albuquerque, N.M. – 5 dead
Jan. 7, 2013 – Tulsa, Okla. – 4 dead
Guns have killed about 24,580 Americans since Newtown, according to Slate.com’s estimate based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now, the death of just 4 people at a time may not mean much to you; it certainly isn’t as sexy a number as the recent Navy Yard body count of 13. The television coverage didn’t seem to care either as I don’t remember the national news reporting on this carnage. As Americans, if we don’t hear about it, it’s just not that important, which serves your interests very well.
Wayne, please help me understand something. There is a gun seller’s website called Armslist, A Firearms Marketplace which acts like craigslist for gun owners and buyers. And the best thing is that when you purchase a gun, any gun off this site, no background checks are required. Again, kudos, my friend, for making it so easy for anyone to buy any kind of gun they want, no questions asked. Look at what you accomplished, Wayne! Hat’s off to you, buddy, for making it easy peasey for any lunatic or psychopath or completely mentally unstable person to purchase all the weaponry and ammo they can afford. Those nutty nut jobs (which are so easy to spot of course) who you want to add to a database (who would never be in your database in the first place) can arm themselves to the teeth! Yea for you Wayne!
For example, I clicked on my home state, New York, and here is a guy from Buffalo who wants to buy this gun:
He’ll pay for it by trading his flat screen TV, a snow blower and animal hide stretchers for hunters/trappers. No background check! It’s just that easy. A gun for a snow blower.
Wayne, so help me understand why this is OK. Because of your fear mongering, your ownership of the cowards in Congress, your love of the power you hold over these weak men and women, your protection of the gun manufacturers, your love of their money, and your complete and utter disregard for anyone’s safety or life, what is to stop the next pissed off shooter from buying a few assault rifles, a pistol or two and plenty of ammo and then going on a killing spree in another public space? Just another mass murder approved and applauded by you Wayne LaPierre, and your goons at the NRA. Well Done.
A Concerned and Disgusted Citizen.
P.S. to help you regain your soul, here are a few images of what you and your organization have wrought.