Well, it’s not as if we didn’t see this coming from the NRA (from the AP):
The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”
The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.
The group’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that “the next Adam Lanza,” the man responsible for last week’s mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.
He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.
“In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society, by bringing an even more toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty right into our homes,” LaPierre said.
This is exactly what schools need – a military style environment with armed police patrolling playgrounds and class rooms. Maybe the kids could also be trained to fire semi automatic rifles and have access to a supply of hand grenades in the class room?
Whoever thought the NRA was going to be serious about discussing realistic solutions to the 87 gun related deaths in America should really have their heads examined. Why the conference was given so much attention is anyone’s guess given their solutions were completely predictable. Having the NRA involved in discussions about gun control is like asking drug dealers how to get drugs of the street. It’s completely pointless and no one should listen to anything they have to say. After blaming the arcade game ‘Mortal Kombat’ and music videos for the deaths of 20 children at SandyHook elementary school, LaPierre inadvertently summed up the NRA’s contribution to the dialogue on gun control: “This is the beginning of a serious conversation,” he said. “We won’t be taking any questions.”
Thanks guys. Great contribution.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.