Forget for a moment that the National Rifle Association's new $1 million nice guy report on school safety recommendations would cost between $1 billion and $6.7 billion to enact. By the NRA's logic, one "detail" in the 225-page "report" that the gun lobby's National School Shield task force has now corrected should make the whole report just about useless.
Yes, there are enough school shootings that last week's NRA-funded research findings managed to find a school shooting that never happened. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, despite being paid by the NRA to make the report, said he hoped the gun lobby would accept his recommendations. But the NRA's Wayne LaPierre and many gun enthusiasts often abide by a simple trope: People who know basic gun trivia don't get to talk about guns. As The Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve has pointed out repeatedly, LaPierre doesn't think those who interchange "semi-automatic" for "machine gun" should have a legitimate voice in the gun legislation debate. So what about so-called "experts" who interchange "in 2010 a 16-year-old attacker killed six people hiding in a locked classroom in Hastings Middle School in Minnesota" for "in 2005 a 16-year-old attacker killed six people hiding in a Red Lake High School in Minnesota"?