New Nutterism: The NRA’s ‘Dumbass Idea’
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter went on MSNBC yesterday to discuss the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, as well as NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre statements to the press last Friday. During the cable news appearance, the Philadelphia mayor brought out a new ‘Nutterism’ (that is, a slightly-awkward profane attack on people with whom he has sharp disagreements.) And this time, that Nutterism referred to LaPierre’s suggestion that U.S. schools hire armed guards a “completely dumbass idea.”
The statement was a bit more unhinged than Nutter’s previous one on the matter, released on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which he is the president, where he said: “NRA officials today blamed everyone but themselves for the conditions that permitted the monstrous attack on the children and teachers in Sandy Hook Elementary School. They said that gun laws don’t work and that pursuing legislation is a waste of time. They proposed instead the equivalent of an arms race.”
The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Statement, released December 21st, also called on new legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthen background checks, and strengthen the penalties for straw purchases of guns—all ideas which the mayor has supported for some time.
During his MSNBC appearance, Nutter, a member of gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, repeated that sentiment.
“We need to ban assault weapons,” he said. “We need to ban the high-capacity clips and magazines. We need serious background information, system upgrade.”He also noted that according to the NRA’s logic, the two firefighters who were shot and killed on Christmas Eve in Webster, New York, should have had armed guards with them.
For some perspective, the NRA once called for Nutter’s arrest after he signed a gun control measure in the city. So there’s bad blood.
Nutter’s blunt statements—and use of profanity!—has become commonplace during interviews on subjects with which the mayor is passionate. Yes, he was the only Obama supporter to openly call candidate Mitt Romney a “joke.” In January, Nutter referred to two adults who shot kids from a car “idiots and assholes.” After the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, he warned city fans not to be “jackasses.” During a rec center shooting in 2011, he referred to the gunman as a “complete asshole.” During a summer 2012 shooting over July 4th weekend, he called the shooter “a 16-year-old asshole.” And when the Kensington Strangler was caught, Nutter was reported to have said, “We got the motherfucker.”
In each case, he was right on.