FORT HOOD, TEXAS — Celebrating yet another instance of a mentally ill person doing whatever he wants with a gun, the NRA’s top gun, Wayne LaPierre, arrived here today to conduct a memorial service to celebrate the life and death of Specialist Ivan Lopez, who shot three soldiers dead, wounded 16, and then took his own life on base here with a .45 caliber handgun on Wednesday. Spc. Lopez was being considered for classification as a soldier suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq.
(Today marks the forty-sixth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. with a Remington 760 Gamemaster rifle.)
Lieut. Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of this sprawling base where former Maj. Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist, killed 13 and wounded more than 30 in the Fort Hood massacre in 2009, tried to intercept LaPierre. A solitary reporter noticed the encounter and videotaped it to show it to all registered Democrats in Aurora, Colorado, to persuade them to turn out in droves in November to vote for progressive Democratic Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff, whose Tea Party opponent, Mike Coffman, believes that the Second Amendment is the only essential part of the Constitution.
As he was being forcibly escorted from the base by a battalion of military police, LaPierre bemoaned President Obama’s signature yesterday of a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), eliminating taxpayer subsidies of political nominating conventions. “If Mitch McConnell can show up at a CPAC Convention brandishing a rifle,” LaPierre said, "then I should be able to come to Denver in 2016 for the RNC toting an assault weapon or a cannon, all at taxpayer expense.”
Sen. Udall, who is being challenged by Eastern Colorado Tea Party Congressman Cory Gardner in November, declined to release a statement lest he offend the gun lobby.