I've gotten to the point where I not only dismiss any argument from Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, as not even intending to be substantive (rather, solely meant to be obstruction) -- but I've now changed my entire perception of the NRA.
In the wake of the Newtown shooting, LaPierre bemoaned the fact kids aren't safe at school, in part because it takes police 15 to 20 minutes to respond to a deadly shooting like the one in Connecticut. But that's not true.
The NRA and its supporters have shed the cloak of respectability that has enshrouded their real motives. We can now see that we have not been arguing merely over which people should have access to which guns. We have been fighting for the very soul of America.
It's certainly easier and much more fun to make commitments on behalf of others than for ourselves. It's in this spirit that I identify several key resolutions for 2013 and "voluntell" well-known figures to fulfill them.
As a mom, the NRA's comments offend me. As a leader in Michigan's capitol, they anger me. It's time we put the politics aside and agree that while guns themselves may not be the cause of what took place last week in Connecticut, we cannot pretend they had nothing to do with it either.
It is clear the NRA is entrenched and refuses to join the nation in reassessing our relationship with firearms. So the rest of us must do so. Those little children and the brave educators in Newtown deserve better. We, as Americans, deserve better.