So now, along with batteries and bottled water, we need to add assault weapons to our hurricane preparation lists (“Senators bearing arms,” Gail Collins, March 12). In testimony before the Judiciary Committee March 7, Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that in times of natural disaster “law enforcement is really not able to respond, and people take advantage of that lawless environment.”
A 911 call or a simple handgun or shotgun just will not suffice to protect one’s family if there’s a hurricane, earthquake, break in the dam or loss of electric power. One must run out and purchase a Bushmaster AR-15.
Rewind to Feb. 13, when the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre wrote an opinion piece for the conservative website The Daily Caller. He asserted that “after Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
In fact there were no riots. According to local law enforcement, as reported in the New York Daily News, there were no murders. No rapes, no shootings. There was a brief spike in burglaries of abandoned properties, but robberies, assaults, grand larceny and car thefts were all down. The overall crime rate fell 25 percent.
I’d like to suggest to gun manufacturers that they could save the millions of dollars they donate to the NRA. They already have a loyal spokesman in Sen. Graham, who is more than willing to espouse and promote the groundless paranoia that fuels their sales of military-style assault weapons.