In his book "Being Logical," D.Q. McInerny states that to solve problems we must use facts. Wayne LaPierre spoke to the 2,000 members of the National Rifle Association about the right of Americans to bear arms, drawing fervent applause. LaPierre and fellow NRA members,along with hefty contributions to members of Congress, had just killed legislation requiring background checks on gun sales.
Now, let's look at some facts.
1. Gun manufacturers make guns; some are used to kill people, like the 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook school.
2. Since LaPierre promoted the sale of those guns, he must accept some responsibility for those deaths.
3. The manufacturers also have some responsibility. "Accessory" may be too strong a term.
The NRA and others have made suggestions for protecting schools. All start with the word "if." If schools hired armed personnel, they could shoot the bad guys. If schools hired guards, they could kill the perps. If parents kept guns locked away in gun safes, shooters wouldn't have access to weapons.
The word "if" makes the suggestions meaningless, as illustrated by the adage: "If the dog hadn't stopped to relieve himself, he would have caught the rabbit." And that's a fact.