I sent this to someone I know at NRA (by email and snail mail) right after the Connecticut murders. I hope it got through to the right people:
I write to you today as one of the founders of NRA’s action shooting championship, the Bianchi Cup. I do so to offer a constructive suggestion in light of the recent mass shootings, and because there is a narrow window to take advantage of it.
I live in Australia, and because of it I am surrounded, not by like minded people, but by a people who willingly gave up their right to bear arms in the 90s. So they don’t much like America and its guns. BUT – what resonates with them (I work in retail and speak with thousands of Australians) is that the genesis of this kind of senseless violence is not guns, but violent films and violent video gaming, where the often-young players are rewarded for mindless killing.
And just such a violent film is about to be released that features just such a mass shooting by a single stranger as its opening scenes: Tom Cruise’s latest film “Jack Reacher”. So, with this window of opportunity, may I suggest:
1. Now is the time for NRA to make the connection, between the abuses of the 1st Amendment that have transformed a generation of young people into sociopaths, and these mass shootings. This will resonate with reasonable Americans.
2. Then, when (not if) the Feinsteins of Congress want to abridge the 2nd Amendment, NRA can make the connection with the attitude, “quid pro quo – then how do you propose to abridge BOTH these Amendments”. As a Democrat, she can’t do both.
3. Ask the gun makers to adopt the policy that Apple uses: their products are only used by positive characters in film and television (example: The Campaign), never by negative ones.
Best wishes, I know this is a difficult time for the lost, and for NRA, and for America. Please come out fighting, our Founders would have wanted it that way.
For those of you who may have seen the IMDB entry on the Reacher movie (I've been reading the books myself for several years), the "expert sniper" misdirects. In fact, the book (and I expect the movie) begins with what appears to be a stranger shooting 5 strangers at random, and that's what the city believes. Not different from the Connecticut shooting. That the storyline has several twists in the shooter and the motive, does not take away from the message that strangers kill randomly and in public places.