Logically it makes no more sense to buy a gun after a series of gun killings than it would to buy a pet lion after a series of lion killings.

Why did gun sales increase 40% after April 20, 1999?  Why did gun sales increase 60% after January 8, 2011?   Why did gun sales increase 41% after July 20, 2012?  Why did gun sales increase 400% after December 14, 2012?

On April 20, 1999 there was a MASS KILLING at Columbine High School Colorado—15 people were killed and 21 wounded with GUNS.  On January 8, 2011 there was a MASS KILLING at Tucson, Arizona –6 people killed and 12 wounded with GUNS.  On July 20, 2012 there was a MASS KILLING at Aurora, Colorado –12 people killed and 70 wounded with GUNS.   On December 14, 2012 there was a MASS KILLING at Sandy Hook Elementary school---26 people slaughtered, 20 of which were 6-7 year old school children, with GUNS.

There is no evidence that the sale of automobiles, groceries, refrigerators or any other merchandise in the U.S  increased 40%, 60%, 41% or 400% on April 20, 1999, January 11, 2011, July 20, 2012, or December 14, 2012. However after a MASS KILLING with GUNS people in the U.S. rush out in large numbers and buy GUNS. 

Take the same four dates and the same four locations and assume the same number of people were killed and the same number injured but change only ONE thing--- the  killings and injuries were caused by an escaped pet lion instead of guns.   Do you believe  pet lion sales would increase 40%, 60%, 41%, 400%?   How many folks do you know  who would buy a pet lion immediately after a pet lion mass killing?

Logically it makes no more sense to buy a gun after a series of gun killings than it would to buy a pet lion after a series of lion killings.

NRA members send Wayne LaPierre over $100 million dollars a year which he uses to SELL guns, after holding out a million dollars yearly for his salary.  LaPierre  sold Americans over 300 million guns which is 50% of all the guns in the world although we are only 5% of the world’s  population.  His record shows he is the highest paid gun salesman in the world and the most successful. 

LaPierre scared Americans into buying more guns with statements such as the following:

 “Only with your direct input can we stop President Clinton and his anti-gun allies from ripping the Second Amendment right out of the Constitution.”  “And now one of his first moves as president could be to turn his administration into a gun-grabbing goon squad.”

“It doesn’t matter to them that the semi-auto ban gives jack booted government thugs more power to take away our constitutional rights, break in our doors, seize our guns, destroy our property, and even injure or kill us.” 

The Sandy Hook slaughter of innocent school children on December 14, 2012, and the other mass gun killings, are viewed by Americans as a national tragedy.  Polls show 92% of Americans support common sense regulations of guns and show they believe approval of  those regulations will end or reduce the senseless gun killings in this country.

President Obama went to Sandy Hook and expressed the grief of a compassionate nation to the parents, families and friends of  the slaughtered  6-7 year old school children. 

LaPierre, the NRA’s million dollars a year gun salesman, saw Sandy Hook as an opportunity to sell more guns, and announced his plan to sell more guns thusly:   “ I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary” to put armed police officer in every school in America and arm every teacher in America with a gun.

Anyone who tells you guns make you safe is a GUN SALESMAN. Guns are made to kill.  More guns kill more.  Military guns kills larger numbers more quickly.  Gun salesmen will say or do anything to sell guns—including capitalizing on the slaughter of 6-7 year old innocent schoolchildren .

Americans who rushed out and bought more guns after these tragic mass gun killings were following LaPierre the GUN SALESMAN. They should have been following  someone who wanted to end or reduce gun killings. 

It is time for Americans to stop following the “Judas Goat” gun salesman  LaPierre  and support those who propose common sense solutions which will end or reduce the ever increasing gun killings.

(Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes monthly to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)