The NRA’s top gunslinger, Wayne LaPierre, wakes up every morning, constantly eager to praise the manufacturers of assault
weapons — frequently used in mass shootings — who pay his salary.
After Sen. Ted Kennedy died in 2009, a special election was called to fill the Democratic lion’s seat in the Senate to represent the Bay State. The Dems nominated Martha Coakley, then the Attorney General of Massachusetts, in the special election, which was held in 2010. Massachusetts is, typically, a blue state. Coakley was leading in the polls until Republican Scott Brown came from behind and defeated her. So Brown was a Republican US senator from 2010 to 2013 — where, naturally, he followed Mitch McConnell’s lead.
Along came Elizabeth Warren, who handily defeated Brown when he ran for re-election in 2012.
Then he moved to New Hampshire — the tiny state just north of Massachusetts with precious few residents of color that, every four years, imposes on the rest of our nation the vexing “first in the nation” presidential primary — and ran for the Senate from the Granite State in 2014. Fortunately, he was defeated by Jean Shaheen, a moderate Democrat (who, in 2000, as Governor, almost
single-handedly — because of the first in the nation primary — propelled Al Gore to the Democratic nomination for president over Sen. Bill Bradley, for whom your solitary reporter campaigned in New Hampshire in 1999).
In 2017, Donald Trump — the least diplomatic of any man who has ever sat in the Oval Office — tapped Brown to be his ambassador to New Zealand.
On March 15, a twenty-two year old Australian white nationalist, using assault weapons, murdered fifty innocent worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch. He accompanied his acts with a lengthy, rambling, highly racist “manifesto” which praised Trump. Reacting to the massacre, Trump, who has very little contact with demographic or cultural reality, said that white nationalism is not on the rise around the world.
So Ambassador Brown then followed the Trumpian party line and said that he gives no credibility to the fact that the Christchurch murderer cited Trump with approval (https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/17/new-zealand-shooter-trump-scott-brown-1224069).
Immediately, associate solitary reporter Larry Theis, our chief international correspondent, visited New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
“Prime Minister, what do you say about a retread Republican pol simply following the Trumpian line which extols the National Rifle Association, and which claims that white nationalism is not increasing day by day in today’s world?“
“Larry, I’m so glad you asked me that. I’ve just gotten off the phone with Mike Pompeo, and I told him that I am expelling Ambassador Brown in favor of somebody who actually makes sense.”
“I also told Pompeo,” the Prime Minister continued, “that if Scott Brown wants to run for City Council in International Falls, Minnesota, he should seriously consider doing that.”
After the massacre in Christchurch, LaPierre visited the murderer in jail to praise him for what he had done. LaPierre is now in Utrecht, supporting the shooter who used guns to murder three people today in a tram. The shooter has been arrested, but LaPierre barreled his way past security guards to offer total moral and poilitical support to the gunman.