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Scoot Blog: Does the NRA Know What It's Saying?

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!
 
 
 



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12/25/2012 7:39PM
Scoot Blog: Does the NRA Know What It’s Saying?
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12/25/2012 8:06PM
Freedom is not Free
You cannot stop criminals with laws. Teachers need to be armed, Schools need the same security as any public building
12/25/2012 8:13PM
Lets arm the children
Freedom requires common sense
12/25/2012 8:13PM
I agree, more government isn't the answer
I agree. The real answer is to do away with government schools: no loss of liberty, guaranteed end to anyone getting killed in a government school.
12/25/2012 8:14PM
nice try
typical liberal,myopic,rhetoric,...now polls are showing 53% of americans agree with mr,lapierre,and i wonder how many were dissuaded from supporting his common sense ideas by code pinks childish display during the speech,....you have a radical left wingagenda,and are fooling no one,....be careful what you wish for,if you disarm law abiding citizens,the chaos that will ensue will have you crying.
12/25/2012 8:16PM
I hate the First Amendment
What we need are armed guards in everyone's home. And a half-dozen armed guards to escort each and every child to school, and stand inside and outside of their classrooms. It's all for the children, and aren't they worth it? All this will be free of course, because it will be billed to the American taxpayer. But remember, it's "for the children".
12/25/2012 8:16PM
5% of world's poulation with 50% of the guns
To Freedom is not Free.... Teachers need to be armed? What about movie employees? How about those that work at malls? And of course after recent events we all know now that all firefighters must be armed. And let's not forget about the killings on that military base - they should be armed too! Oh wait - they were weren't they? And as to laws - how about closing the loophole when the criminally insane can buy guns at gunshows? Sounds like a law that would work to me. Then again - no let's spend the estimated 7 BILLION dollars to add an armed gurd in everyone of our 200,000 schools. Then again - get a new hobby.
12/25/2012 8:18PM
Scoot Blog: Does the NRA Know What It’s Saying?
So often I read these words that are critical of the ideas being expressed by others. I see no solutions in this piece either, only a critical expression of someone else's idea. Also, the craziest non-solutions I've read come predominately from the non-conservative crowd. What is the solution now? I believe if there was a solution, it would be universal and immediate. I haven't seen that one yet. My solution is mental health identification/awareness and prevention, security equality (like the President, Congress, celebrities, sports arenas, airports, banks, certain stores and shopping centers, and more have), and criminal apprehension focused on gun crimes like Baltimore successfully implemented.
12/25/2012 8:21PM
Think about.
Kid says if making guns illegal will keep them off the street, Why not make cocain and meth illegal, too?
12/25/2012 8:23PM
Solution: Muskets and dueling pistols legal, rest need special license.
When the Second Amendment was written, there were no repeating guns. Ban repeating guns and any device that fires more than five shots. What is a "Well Regulated Militia" anyway? Military and Police!
12/25/2012 8:24PM
Terrorist!
The shooter in Connecticut was and is a terrorist! terrorizing our community. To me, anyone who arms these terrorist should also be considered a terrorist and should be treated as such. We need to put a stop to these Christian terrorist terrorizing our children, our fire fighters and our community.
12/25/2012 8:24PM
Movie goers need security guards
Firemen need security guards. When does the insanity stop? Bad all semi-automatic weapons to include pistols.
12/25/2012 8:25PM
Disarming the crazies means disarming us all.
Ideally, a good guy with a gun could stop a bad guy with a gun. But unlike the mythical West, today's bad guy is a psycho with the singular goal of killing as many people before he kills himself. The madman has thus tossed self-preservation out the window, while the 9 to 5 security guard has not. By the time the guard runs to the other side of the building to see what's going on, the madman is already aiming at his next victim. And since he is not worrying about dying, the madman aims better, and might even kill the nervous security guard who fires at random. Arming more people then is not the answer. It takes a crazy man to kill another human being, and most of us are not that crazy. But we should be smart enough to keep guns away from those that are -- even if it means keeping them away from the rest of us.
12/25/2012 8:28PM
"the chaos that will ensue will have you crying"
"if you disarm law abiding citizens,the chaos that will ensue will have you crying". Yeah, like the chaos they have in Japan and South Korea and England and Germany and the Netherlands and Australia and New Zealand and Canada, etc.. We could only WISH that we had that sort of chaos where gun violence is concerned.
12/25/2012 8:29PM
NRA Backs Gun Rights for Felons
NRA backs gun rights for felons: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/us/felons-finding-it-easy-to-regain-gun-rights.html Honest to God, that's not a joke. Although I wish it was.
12/25/2012 8:30PM
mo
Do those who say schools should not have arm guards in schools relize that when Obama's girls go to school they have personel body guards. Also members of congress also have children that attend private schools also have armed guards. So it is ok for the elite to have their children to have armed guards, but the middle class and below cannot have the same privilage.
12/25/2012 8:31PM
To terrorist!
Lanza is a terrorist. He stole guns, so who is to blame? And he is not a Christian. Stop being bigoted.
12/25/2012 8:32PM
the chaos that will ensue will have you crying
Mexico bans guns too. and there is not a better example of chaos that I can think of.
12/25/2012 8:34PM
What is the value
Can some one really explain the value of the countless hours kids are spending playing the most violent video games imaginable? At the same time the numbers of kids that drop out of high school is a national disgrace New gun laws will never have an effect because there will always be enough guns around for criminals and the mentally challenged. What will take generations is to change the mind set to violence that permeates our society I do not own a gun and I believe in freedom of speech but at some point the children of the US will need to change as you cannot expect much of their parents I am thinking of investing in children's bullet proof vests, could get rich....sick isn't it???
12/25/2012 8:37PM
A police officer in every school.
There are about 100,000 public schools in the US. There are about 30,000 private schools in the US. The average salary for police officers in the US is about $50,000. A little math shows that Mr. LaPierre's plan will cost around $6,500,000,000 a year, minimum. That's 6.5 BILLION dollars per year. Wonder if Mr. LaPierre would like to help paying for any of that out of NRA funds. It's his suggestion, maybe he should put his money where his mouth is.
12/25/2012 8:39PM
Shoot the shooters.
Teachers do not need to be armed. They might miss and kill the very children they are trying to protect. Movies show the good guy always killing the bad guys with a great shot at the end of the film. That doesn't mean it happens in real life. In addition, there is no reason to expect that armed guards are immune from being child killers themselves. As people say, there's a first time for anything.
12/25/2012 8:40PM
Right to Life
I will agree to a assault weapon ban when they ban abortions.
12/25/2012 8:42PM
Pay attention
The NRA is not saying they believe in censorship. What they are saying is that there is plenty of blame to go around. Blaming the NRA for gun violence is like blaming car manufacturers for DWI related deaths. There are so many more that should bear the lions share of the blame. I find it hypocritcal that the same politicians that are calling for gun control are the same ones who are protected daily by armed officers. When I get my own personal armed security then you can dictate how and where I chose to protect myself and my family. Get rid of the "gun free zones" and let us protect our families from harm. Laws only work if you actually intend to abide by them. If you don't, then we are all in danger.
12/25/2012 8:44PM
Mexico bans guns too. and there is not a better example of chaos that I can think of.
Guess where all of their guns come from. Also, odd (not really) that you failed to mention any of the other chaotic countries I listed. You know, Japan and South Korea and England and Germany and the Netherlands and Australia and New Zealand and Canada, etc.. Why don't you use THEM as examples of how violently chaotic countries get when law abiding citizens don't have guns?
12/25/2012 8:46PM
The big government NRA
The nra will never cede ground even if it is reasonable...to much money is at stake. Besides promoting censorship and big government the nra promotes the ability for the individual to create a one man militia. I think if he is serious, the nra should spend $2B a year funding the arming of our schools rather than the lobbying effort to to brainwash and further corrupt congress nra members.
12/25/2012 8:47PM
Legal, registered gun owner who is mentally ill
Tea Baggers say we can't afford Obamacare, but we can afford armed guards in school? Sandy Hook, like 9/11 happened. It's time to move on and stop crying about incidents like this. Move on. Nothing brings back dead people so please lets stop trying to act like anything can. If there is a copycat guy out there, so be it, we can't afford to live in fear. Send your children to school, go to the mall, go to the ghetto, when your number is up, it's up. Stop believing that you, or the Govt, can do anything to protect yourself. If you want to live, don't drive, eat fruits and veggies, and exercise. But you'll still die in the end. Happy Holidays :)
12/25/2012 8:48PM
Good
Gr8t suggestion LaPierre. Evry1 in the US should be armed. u yanks like killing each other so much I say go for broke. The less of u there are, the better for the rest of the world.
12/25/2012 8:51PM
The first amendment is dated too...
Since there was no internet when the 1A was penned, we should ban mindless bloggers from spouting nonsense on the www. See how dumb it sounds when the tables are turned?
12/25/2012 8:54PM
John Wayne, Clint Eastwood movies to be banned?
I grew up watching Dirty Harry and the Duke offing bad guys, and had a .22 since I was about 10 years old. I own guns. I own video games. I watch movies, some with quite a bit of violence. I don't run around shooting people, though. The solution to all of this is to require a gun license prior to purchase, just like a driver's license. You have to pass a mental test, and demonstrate the ability to safely use a firearm. To 'preserve our rights' require that it be no cost and administered by the NRA or some other private organization and not the government, who our founding fathers didn't trust. We already have restrictions on the right to bear arms- anyone on here have their own Stinger anti-aircraft missile or your own 75mm antitank gun? (They're just the thing for hunting those pesky geese).
12/25/2012 8:55PM
Too bad the tobacco industry did not have the NRA as its lobbyist
Look at all those poor people huddling outside office buildings in the rain and snow trying to exercise their right to smoke. And it was all because of this stupid idea of "second hand smoke"!! The solution to second hand smoke should neverhave been banning smoking indoor. The real solution (using LaPierre's Rule) is to encouraging more smoking so that people die of first hand smoke before second hand smoke gets to them.
12/25/2012 8:56PM
Guns don't kill people
Americans kill people. Since we cannot (should not) get rid of guns, let's get rid of Americans.
12/25/2012 8:57PM
Or...
We could deal with the root of the majority of these campus killings by looking at the fact that the shooters are always on antidepressant/antipsychotic meds, which actually cause homicidal/suicidal impulses. Or we could keep having the same stupid argument about guns.
12/25/2012 8:59PM
NRA helps itself
No proof that armed guards will save the kids, but requiring evevy school to have an armed guard will certainly add to the gun makers bottom line and bolster the rightest wing of the NRA.
12/25/2012 9:01PM
Mental health
So, every person that shoots another person with a gun has mental health issues? America must be one CRAZY place.
12/25/2012 9:04PM
hypocrisy
Its funny to hear the libs complain about 7 billion to protect our kids, but don't seem to mind 800 billion bailouts and 1 trillion dollar Obamacare.
12/25/2012 9:06PM
not one solution
-restrictions on gun ownership re background checks -background checks on ALL sales with 5 year repeats -increased mental health issue identification and support -increased harsh punishment for possession or SALE of restricted weapons or to those withoutbackground checks It's not a one solution problem. Reduce guns; reduce access to guns by felons or mentally ill; provide mental health filtering; make illegal possession/sale not worth the risk; what else?
12/25/2012 9:09PM
NRA helps the constitution
"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others. ...The best we can hope for concerning thepeople at large is that they be properly armed." Alexander Hamilton
12/25/2012 9:14PM
Wayne, bullets don't kill people, words do. Ban the First Amendment
According the NRA, guns don't kill people, people kill people. Then why is it that nobody is charged when a gun "accidentally" goes off and the bullet hits someone? If guns don't kill people, then a responsible gun owner's gun couldn't possibly go off. I say charge the gun owner. There must have been a bullet in the chamber, the safety must have been off, there must have been a finger on the trigger...therefore there is no such thing as an "accidental shooting". "Accidental shootings" happen because a responsible gun owner just became irresponsible. Charge him with as many crimes as you can, including murder.
12/25/2012 9:19PM
NRA
The NRA had a great opportunity to back an assault weapons ban and banning high capacity magazines but instead their answer was more guns. NRA spokesman is not only stupid but out of touch with the majority of Americans. Gun control in some form will be passed and the NRA will be on the wrong side or the fence.
12/25/2012 9:34PM
What do you know
"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" Benjamin Franklin
12/25/2012 9:57PM
Well regulated militia
"If a well regulated militia be the most natural defence of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security...confiding the regulation of the militia to the direction of the national authority...(and) reserving to the states...the authority of training the militia"-The Federalist Papers 29, Alexander Hamilton
12/25/2012 10:03PM
GUNS
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" Sigmund Freud General Introduction to Psycoanalysis(1952)
12/25/2012 10:12PM
1st Amendment? 2nd Amendment?
All constitutional rights are subject to reasonable restrictions. Why do you act surprised that someone is suggesting restrictions to our 1st Amendment rights in response to someone suggesting restrictions on our 2nd Amendment rights? What is the difference? They are all just constitutional rights that come from a living document that can be interpreted any way we wish, right?
12/25/2012 10:20PM
WRONG
On every question of construction(of the Constitution)let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or inventagainst it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." Thomas Jefferson
12/25/2012 10:24PM
Seriously NRA...
Being from a Third World country, this issue make me wonder how civil & advance US society is. Us so called 3rd world society have survived & thrive from Communist Insurgency, Invasion from neighbouring country and Civil unrest without us citizens arming ourselves. Go figure...
12/25/2012 10:30PM
Seriously third world country guy
If you have survived all of that with no arms you must be good at playing dead
12/25/2012 10:43PM
Schools
Seriously people if any of you knew that there would be a shooting in the near future at your childs school, and had a chance to have a legal responsible citizen stand guard at that school with an assault rifle would you say no?
12/25/2012 10:53PM
3rd world
If your country had 300 million guns you probably would not have been invaded
12/26/2012 2:54AM
Real statistics not NRA Lies
To the idiots above talking about the chaotic countries of Japan and South Korea and England and Germany and the Netherlands and Australia and New Zealand and Canada. These countries are far more civilised than the USA. To talk about them being chaotic is lunacy. Look at the statistics Homicide & Suicide rates. Homicide Homicide Suicide Total with gun with Gun United States 4.55 2.97 1.58 Japan 0.30 0.02 0.04 South Korea 2.60 0.04 0.02 England/UK 1.20 0.04 0.17 Germany 0.80 0.06 0.94 Netherlands 1.10 0.02 0.24 Australia 1.00 0.09 0.79 New Zealand 0.90 0.17 2.14 The USA also has the highest number of armed enforcement officers. So much for the success of more armed enforcement. Living in these countries is much easier without the threat of gun violence. Our laws might not prevent every incident but clearly they significantly reduce the likelihood. It is a shame the USA has not matured sufficiently to allow a wide ranging debate about firearms that has the aims to reduce deaths by this method. The solution is unlikely to be a single option but will involve multiple threads. Australia’s changes consisted of licensing, delayed purchases, checks, gun required to be kept secured along with a buyback system to reduce the number of guns in the community. One day the citizens of the USA might reach a stage of maturity where this debate can be held with some degree of intelligent input.
12/26/2012 3:00AM
Real statistics not NRA Lies
Carrected: To the idiots above talking about the chaotic countries of Japan and South Korea and England and Germany and the Netherlands and Australia and New Zealand and Canada. These countries are far more civilised than the USA. To talk about them being chaotic is lunacy. Look at the Homicide & Suicide rates. Homicide (total)Homicide (with gun)Suicide (with gun) United States 4.55 2.97 1.58 Japan 0.30 0.02 0.04 South Korea 2.60 0.04 0.02 England/UK 1.20 0.04 0.17 Germany 0.80 0.06 0.94 Netherlands 1.10 0.02 0.24 Australia 1.00 0.09 0.79 New Zealand 0.90 0.17 2.14 The USA also has the highest number of armed enforcement officers. So much for the success of more armed enforcement. Living in these countries is much easier without the threat of gun violence. Our laws might not prevent every incident but clearly they significantly reduce the likelihood. It is a shame the USA has not matured sufficiently to allow a wide ranging debate about firearms that has the aims to reduce deaths by this method. The solution is unlikely to be a single option but will involve multiple threads. Australia’s changes consisted of licensing, delayed purchases, checks, gun required to be kept secured along with a buyback system to reduce the number of guns in the community. One day the citizens of the USA might reach a stage of maturity where this debate can be held with some degree of intelligent input.
12/26/2012 9:00AM
N R A
Neanderthal Redneck Association nuff said!!
12/26/2012 2:33PM
Columbine
The armed guard at Columbine saved countless lives. While he was engaged with the lunatic kids for about 6-8 minutes, many children made their successful escape. He was unable to completely overtake the deranged kids because they had explosive devices. Yes, an armed guard, teacher, etc can save lives--maybe even you child's!
12/26/2012 7:32PM
Scoot the Chump
Scoot and the other liberal chumps idea of managing mentally ill and crazys is to take gun rights from law abiding citizens. So whats to prevent the crazys from using semi-automatic pistols or shotguns? This is a precursor to outlawing all guns.
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