(KPLR) - Last week a violent, nasty storm broke over St. Louis. It made a lot of noise, but didn't cause much damage. I'm referring of course to the speech by National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre at the NRA convention in St. Louis.
The day before, I had interviewed NRA President David Keefe. And Keefe gave a nuanced answer to questions about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the NRA's support for so-called stand your ground laws. Keefe said he wasn't there and had no idea what had happened. But he said that accused shooter George Zimmerman might not be able to use the stand your ground defense; because it seemed Zimmerman had no reason to fear Trayvon Martin.
Wayne LaPierre on the other hand, is the NRA's junkyard dog. He's the one who called FBI agents, jack-booted thugs. That crack led the first president George Bush to resign from the NRA in disgust. In St. Louis last weekend, LaPierre didn't disappoint. He was in no mood for nuance or thought about the death of Trayvon Martin.
Instead, he bellowed that it was all the media’s fault, that the media kept the Trayvon Martin case alive to generate ratings. That journalists should be ashamed of themselves for their coverage. He said the media has focused on the Trayvon Martin case and ignored other crimes around the country.
LaPierre is many things, wrong is at the top of the list. The kid in Florida was unarmed. The alleged shooter had a gun. Zimmerman used an NRA supported defense that he was standing his ground in fear for his life from a teenager armed with a bag of skittles. The media didn’t make any of that up. Trayvon martin is dead. We didn't make that up, either.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.