I never expected the NRA’s response to the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, CT to suggest censorship and increasing the size of government!
In his press conference last Friday, one week after the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre fended off the new calls for stricter gun control by railing against violent video games and “blood-soaked” movies. If these are indeed forces that have the power to inspire evil in young people, then the next thought would be to censor such forms of entertainment.
The other main issue at the NRA’s press conference was a demand that the government put an armed guard in every school in America. LaPierre said that Congress must appropriate whatever funds are necessary to make armed guards in schools a reality.
We can all agree that there should be no price tag placed on protecting our children, but let’s make sure we define the problem and then address it. It is our nature to seek a quick answer following a tragedy in hopes of finding an immediate solution. We like to put unpleasant things behind us and move on, but that human tendency does not always yield the right solution.
It’s worth examining the NRA’s response to the Connecticut shooting by examining what is really being suggested. Censorship, a government ban on entertainment, is not only the wrong solution, but it defies the conservative ideology that is the backbone of the NRA.
Furthermore, LaPierre’s demand that Congress appropriate money to put armed guards in every school is a direct implication of an increase in taxes and an increase in the size of government, which also are contrary to conservative ideology.
Is the NRA out-of-touch with America? At a time when I would have expected the lobbying group to be sensitive and reflect the collective mood of American following the shooting of children and teachers, Wayne LaPierre broke the NRA’s silence with hypocritical arrogance.
As he continued to defend the comments he made at Friday’s press conference over the weekend, LaPierre said, “If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.” Since there was an armed guard on the day the two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School, are we sure an armed guard in schools is the answer? And if that’s not the answer, then we should not develop a false sense of security about preventing future tragedies through the implementation of that conclusion.
Is NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre “crazy?” Your words, Mr. LaPierre, not mine!