One week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rife Association broke its self-imposed silence to comment on the tragedy. “Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (pictured) explained in his December 21 press conference. “While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.”
In his remarks, LaPierre took aim at the deadly consequences of making schools gun-free zones — and making sure everybody knows:
Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them.
And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.
Not providing armed security for schoolchildren makes no sense to LaPierre, who pointed out that we protect banks, airports, office buildings, power plants, court houses, sports stadiums, and the president and congressmen with armed guards. “Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!”
How? “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away ... or a minute away?”
To drive home his point, LaPierre raised several other questions:
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