As Usual, the NRA’s Answer is “More Guns”
“Let’s have all teachers and staff packing.” That is virtually the NRA’s answer to preventing another massacre like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.
Former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson, who headed the National Rifle Association-backed School Safety Shield, said the plan to train school personnel to carry firearms in schools made sense as a way to prevent shootings like the December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Response time is critical,” Hutchinson said at a press conference revealing the plan.
“If you have the firearms in the presence of someone in the school, it will reduce the response time and save lives,” he said.
The school personnel would have to take a 40-60 hour course on gun safety, and have extensive background checks.
The entire report contains eight recommendations, including enhancing training programs for school resource officers and developing an online assessment portal for administrators to gauge their schools’ security.
Immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told reporters, supporters and a few vocal protesters, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
“Why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect our president or our country or our police, but bad when it’s used to protect our children in their schools? They’re our kids,” he said.
I’ve seen it all. The NRA can spin and twist everything. Adam Lanza was wearing a bulletproof vest. Will all “gun-toting” school personnel be wearing one as well, every day?
Gun manufacturers and gun sellers have given their message to the NRA. That message is to convince the American people that the answer to gun violence is more guns. Their ridiculous argument is tantamount to the cold war buildup of nuclear weapons, which governments are now attempting to reduce.
Fear mongering is an effective tactic. It got George W. Bush elected to a second term, and it’s thwarting the effort by congress to support sensible gun legislation. Over the last few days I have written about several men, women, and children who were killed by guns. Not in a single instance would the victim’s possession of a gun saved them.
Quite the opposite. An altercation outside of a sports bar resulted in the deaths of 4 young men, and another being critically wounded. They all had guns, and probably had them legally.
The NRA twists the statistics of innocents murdered by guns. They tell you this wouldn’t happen if there were an armed individual present to protect them.
If that’s the truth, than a Texas D.A. and his wife should still be alive.
Columnist-The Guardian Express