(The following appeared on Planet Moron on April 17, 2014,)
That ought to show them!
Of course, Mayor Bloomberg takes a slightly different approach. While the NRA seeks to educate the public in the proper use, care, and storage of firearms including practical safety tips and rules that promote responsibility and safe practices, Mr. Bloomberg believes it is more productive to scare the living hell out of you.
Of course we are being unfair. At the end of the video in which he scares the living hell out of you, he suggests you “start the conversation about responsible gun ownership in your home and community.”
Sure, the NRA conducts the Eddie Eagle gun safety program in elementary schools all across the country, and conducts hundreds of hands-on courses for adults every year but, yeah, sure, conversations are good too.
So, you click on the “ACT NOW” button at the very end of the video and are informed that,
“No, it shouldn’t!”
“Well then, let’s do that!”
“Me? Great, let’s get going, then.”
“I want to help stop the violence! How?”
“Yeah! I’ll join the movement! Wait, the movement for what?”
It doesn’t matter. Join the damn movement.
“Where’s the rest?”
“What kind of information?”
“Fine, fine, I’ll go to the video on YouTube and start a conversation.”
So, let’s contrast and compare. First, the NRA’s list of things you can do to promote responsible gun ownership:
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
And now let’s review Michael Bloomberg’s list:
1. Start a conversation.
2. Act now.
3. Join the movement.
It’s not even close. If the NRA wants to be taken seriously about gun safety, it’s going to have to spend more time starting conversations and joining movements and less time on instructing people in the safe handling of firearms.
It’s for the children, you know.