Cole Deadand, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, has defended the rigorous use of firearms in American political debate. â€˜To say that (guns) can have only a negative impact is unconstitutional and, frankly, smacks of Communism,â€™ he said.
Mr Deadand, 62, upheld the right of every US citizen, regardless of mental health issues, to â€˜shoot first and ask questions later,â€™ adding that it was â€˜bunkum to suggest rhetoric as a realistic alternative.â€™
â€˜Vitriol,â€™ he said, â€˜no matter how high you want to ratchet it up, is never going to be a substitute for good old fashioned flying lead.â€™
The press conference was brought to an early conclusion when, faced with further questioning, Mr Deadand suddenly produced a 9mm pistol from the inside pocket of his jacket and began to fire indiscriminately at reporters.
© Ralph Tritt, 2011