The National Rifle Association held a press conference and blamed everyone under the sun, except admitting that a ban on assault weapon would be a good starting place to curb the mass shootings that we have experienced over the past few years, with increasing frequency and intensity. Wayne LaPierre blamed the media as “silent enablers if not complicit co-conspirators” for allowing violent culture to come into children’s homes.
He said we care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service, but when it comes to our kids, we do the opposite. The press conference was interrupted twice by protesters yelling “blood is on the hands of the NRA” and “the NRA is killing our children.” He also claims that an armed security guard would have stopped Adam Lanza.
Wayne LaPierre called on Congress to appropriate funds to put armed security guards in schools before January. He asked what if Adam Lanza was confronted by an armed security at Sandy Hook Elementary School? That armed security guard could have also been killed if he was taken by surprise and the shooting massacre would have still occurred. Three words to describe Wayne LaPierre — bat-shit crazy.
Wayne LaPierre said former congressman Asa Hutchinson will help with its new “National School Shield” program. His insensitivity is mindboggling — blaming everyone else for the horrific tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School such as Congress, President Obama, foreign aid, movies, music videos, sports stadiums, the people who oppose the NRA, the video game manufacturers, Hollywood, the medical community. If you can stomach the bullshit click on the “transcript” link below to read his comments or watch the video. Wayne LaPierre had a public meltdown during this so-called press conference and if anything, it is further proof that gun control is a must.
It would seem that Mr. LaPierre forgot Columbine High School had an armed guard, Neil Gardner, a sheriff’s deputy, who was assigned to watch Columbine High School, as a community resource officer. He usually ate lunch with the students, so he could be in the school. On that day, he was called to the “back lot” when the custodian found the first body. Needless to say, the gunmen wreaked havoc, even though an armed officer was on the school grounds.
In closing, in case Wayne LaPierre doesn’t realize this, here are the results of a PPP poll which show 63-64% support for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans, while 76% support for closing the gun show loophole, and 93% support for mandatory criminal background checks before selling guns. While he was delivering his diatribe, four people were killed in Frankstown Township, Pa., including the gunman, and three state troopers were injured. Um, I guess now we need a police officer or armed guard stationed on every street in the U.S. No need for gun control.
UPDATE: The American Federation of Teachers responded to the NRA statement: “Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. “
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele called the NRA’s statements “very haunting and very disturbing.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said armed guards won’t make schools safer: “In general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting an armed guard because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you have to have an armed guard at every classroom,” he said during an event in Newark Friday morning. “Because if you just have an armed guard at the front door then what if this guy had gone around to the side door? There’s many doors in and out of schools.”
Read the transcript from the NRA’s press conference.
Watch the press conference: