A world divorced from reality, completely unlike the one we inhabit, is the place where Trump and the N.R.A.'s leaders now live, and from which no amount of kindly cajoling apparently will persuade them to emerge. The problem is that the rest of us, and our children, have to live there with them.
Instead of even defending the N.R.A.'s peculiar reading of the Second Amendment, which literally excises the "well-regulated militia" part as though it had never been written, LaPierre ranted against Democrats. The villains included Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and by implication, Barack Obama -- as though the Republican Party wasn't fully in control of all the levers of the federal government. He also warned against the F.B.I., Saul Alinsky, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer. (Though LaPierre evinced no such freedom-loving worries about of the presence of France's Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the extreme-right niece of Marine Le Pen who spoke at cpac an hour after him.) What LaPierre seemed to be saying was that true Americans need a right to a lethal weapon in order to show that they can't be intimidated by their political opponents. To an astonishing degree, his argument has become bald and brutal: you are the gun that you own.
"snobbish elites look down on their morals and want to destroy their culture" If those morals and that culture include shooting up schools I'd sure be in favor of destroying it. And evidently it does.
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