Pacing through the Pines

Reject the rantings of the gun lobby

johnfitz@yahoo.comJanuary 3, 2013 

It’s unfortunate that heartlessness exists in this society and a small circle of mentally warped individuals — for whom violence offers a path to a demented emotional nirvana — will forever be lurking in our society’s shadows just outside the precincts of sanity and safety.

Meanwhile, on July 13, 2012, a Friday, three Cambrians attended a film at the Bay Theater in Morro Bay. And due to the gruesome butchery that films have presented vis-à-vis Friday the 13th, my brain took a brief trip into sinister possibilities.

Prior to the movie, while seated and enjoying popcorn, a thought crossed my mind: how quickly could I push the two female friends accompanying me to the floor should a maniac with an assault rifle enter and blaze away at folks out for an evening of entertainment.

One week later, Friday night, July 20, a gunman entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and opened fire and killed 12 and injured 58. Besides being devastated at the news, a cold chill scurried up my spine because this kind of irrational calamity had visited my mind.

Months later, another mass slaughter occurred in Connecticut. With that as background, eschew your better judgment and imagine a calm, cool Monday morning in March 2015.

A parent with her second grader in the passenger seat pulls up to the drop-off sidewalk at the Cambria Elementary School; a uniformed man looks warily at persons exiting vehicles. A .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun is clearly visible. The child starts to get out of the car then stops. “Mommy, why does that man have a gun?”

Similar creepy scenes play out at Cambria Middle School and at Coast Union.

Of course this is a murky, improbable forecast. It won’t happen here in Cambria, but that was the madcap idea put forward by Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association.

In response to the horror that was carried out in Connecticut, where a gunman didn’t just kill 20 children but fired multiple times into each innocent little body, LaPierre called a press conference and urged America to turn public schools into armed camps.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” said LaPierre, who certainly qualifies as a man out of touch with mainstream America.

Let’s not mince words: LaPierre is a liar and a scoundrel and while his utterances personify lunacy, he smears the good names of millions of honest, law-abiding NRA members who cannot possibly support his perverted rhetoric.

The scurrilous lies told by this unworthy CEO include: a) Obama wants to take guns away from NRA members; and b) banning assault rifles and clips that hold 30 or more rounds takes away citizens’ rights to self defense.

Freelance journalist and Cambria resident John FitzRandolph’s monthly column is special to The Cambrian. Email him at

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