Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA: Duh, There Aren't Enough Guns in Schools

This won't be news to anyone but I might as well follow up on that last post, where the National Rifle Association said, in response to the Newtown killings, "The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

They announced a press conference for today. I speculated that "they almost certainly have to pass the blame, soothe the public, divert our attention ... something." Once again, I was overly optimistic.

They want more guns in schools.

From the Washington Post:
In his first extensive public remarks since last week’s mass shooting at a Connecticut school, the head of the National Rifle Association called Friday for lawmakers to take action to put police officers in all schools in an effort to curb such violence.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington. Put ‘armed police officers’ in every school, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre says
I have already talked about reasons not to have more guns in schools. Maybe sometimes a good guy with a gun will shoot a bad guy with a gun. Much more often there will be accidents, lapses of judgment, mistakes, jokes gone bad. More guns in schools is the prototypical, the ultimate Bad Idea.

This blog is not about guns. But now and then the country lines up on two sides and you look across the gap in disbelief.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre repeated his call for a police officer in every American school on “Meet the Press” Sunday, and was unapologetic when host David Gregory showed him the cover of the New York Post calling him a “gun nut” or a disgusted tweet from Chris Murphy, the congressman representing Newtown.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said. “I know there’s a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens.”

Asked by Gregory about specific changes to gun control laws that might have made it harder for Adam Lanza to kill 26 people a week ago Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary school, LaPierre discounted all of them.

“I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference,” he said, when Gregory held up a magazine that allowed Lanza to get off dozens of shots without reloading, and asked whether fewer people might have died if that was banned.

“There are so many ways he could have done it,” LaPierre said.

He put the blame on the mentally ill — and said “we have no national database of these lunatics,” and that “these monsters walk the street,” he said, because too many have been deinstitutionalized.

Gun control advocates, he said, simply want to put “every gun sale under the thumb of the federal government.”

Asked about Dianne Feinstein’s call for a ban on many semi-automatic rifles, he called it a “phony piece of legislation, adding, “We don’t think it will work and we’re not going to support it.”

Asked under repeated direct questioning from Gregory whether there is any additional gun control legislation he would back, LaPierre dodged a yes or no, asking “You want one new law on top of 20,000 laws?”

When Gregory said it sounded like he was excusing the role of guns in Newtown, and blaming it on everything else, he said ” a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal.”

December 23, 2012 11:25 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Asked under repeated direct questioning from Gregory whether there is any additional gun control legislation he would back, LaPierre dodged a yes or no, asking “You want one new law on top of 20,000 laws?”.".

Its a myth (repeated since 1965) that there are 20,000 laws in the U.S. regulating guns. In fact even using a generous definition of what is a seperate law there are only 300:

December 24, 2012 1:59 PM  

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