‘The Worst are Full of Passionate Intensity’: the NRA and the New Town Murders

Today’s pretend ‘Press Conference’ (no questions were allowed) with the head of the US National Rifle Association aka NRA, Wayne LaPierre (1948-)

brought to mind for me these lines of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) from his poem The Second Coming:

‘Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity’

And as an alternative to LaPierre’s lunatic suggestion of armed guards in every school (there were two in Columbine and they didn’t help much stop the killing and the Fort Hood mass killing was on a military base full of armed and trained soldiers):



About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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