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LaPierre, NRA: Blame Everything but Guns

Updated on March 25, 2013

A week after the bloody massacre at Sandy Hook - where the bodies of first-graders were ripped to shreds by the bullets of a madman - the NRA finally broke it's silence.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre held a "press conference (with no questions) which can be best described as confrontational.

Judging by the "presser", which devolved into a 30 minute pro-gun call-to-arms rally, we learned that in the estimation of the NRA, blame for the tragedy lies with schools for not being well enough armed, hurricanes & terrorists (really), violent video games, and a conspiracy between politicians and the media (for demonizing assault weapons by calling them machine guns...poor, poor babies).

After a week of silence from the NRA, after a week of Republican politicians waiting in the weeds to be fed their talking points from the NRA, after a week of plying opossum by denying media requests...

The NRA chose to use this "opportunity" of the disaster in Newtown... to call for more guns! Surprise! The NRA has decided that the problem with gun violence, is that we don't have enough guns.

The NRA is calling for a National School Shield Program. LaPierre demanded that Congress "immediately" fund local communities to put guns in every school with half a million more law enforcement officers.

Following a week spent in a defensive crouch, the NRA responds to the disgusting act of domestic terrorism in Connecticut by proposing exactly nothing in the way of gun safety. Not one new idea in the wake of this disaster. Not one iota of compromise.

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun." - LaPierre.

How about we do what we can to prevent the bad guy from getting a hold of that gun in the first is place?

Instead of offering sensible solutions, the NRA continues it's eternal intransigence. They actually chose to place blame with fake guns in movies and video games, while absolving the actual weapons used to carry out the violence.

The NRA has proven once more that they are a radical organization concerned only with the welfare of the gun manufacturers. Once again, the NRA has shown that they are a special interest group which values gun manufacturers over the safety of the children of their 4 million members. Surprise!

It's time for NRA members to stand up for their families and stand up to the radical leadership of the NRA, and demand sensible gun safety for the sake of their children.

The "right" to carry an assault rifle with a 30 round magazine does not trump the right of our children to graduate from first grade.

The Second Amendment does not protect the "right" to purchase a firearm without a background check and gun safety course. The Second Amendment does not protect the "right" to keep it to yourself when a weapon is lost, stolen, or found. The Second Amendment does not protect the "right" to own a sawed off shotgun or portable surface to air missile system (MANPADS).

The First Amendment does not protect the "right" to yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater or possess child pornography.

Our rights are not absolute.


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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Mike -- If your utopian society sees everyone armed to the teeth until no place is safe; with all of the schools and movie theaters and malls and parking lots and coffee shops and churches having armed guards...

      How exactly do millions of guns make ANYONE safe? How are armed guards on every corner not a police state?

      In case you haven't noticed, we lead all industrial nations of the world in gun violence by far. BY FAR...

      But the rest of the world has crazy people too, the rest of the world has violent video games and movies too; so why does't the rest of the world have our problem with gun violence?

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      Michael Gill 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Justin you are obviously very passionate about this subject, while I do not agree with your sentiment in the arguement I share your outrage. Our children should not have to be afraid to go to school, but following that mindset they shouldn't have to worry about sexual abuse, being hit by a car, or any of the multitude of horrible things that can happen to people. Having a utopian society where every one is safe, and protected is impossible, humans are inherently violent animals. Try and be subjective (I'm not defending the NRA at all here) if it is in a person's nature to perpetrate violence on another they are going to do it regardless of the instrumentation. I have two little ones myself, and while I fear for their safety I would never think stricter gun laws or bans are going to keep them safe. I have a hard time understanding liberal perspective about society in general, as Benjamin Franklin said "Those who would trade their liberty for security deserve neither."

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      You are correct, I do not at all understand what you wrote.

      Rather than dealing with the issue of gun violence, you hide behind traffic deaths.

      Either you are proposing that we outlaw vehicles, or you are insinuating that regulation surrounding vehicles are ineffective.

      Since you make no specific distinction either way, I made an assumption of which route you were taking.

      Since you are now saying that I was incorrect in my assumption that you were talking about vehicle regulation, the only other conclusion you've left suggests that you are proposing that we eliminate vehicles altogether in order to combat traffic deaths.

      If neither happens to be your case; then WHAT IN THE WORLD IS YOUR POINT about traffic deaths, sir?

      You wanted to go down this road, not I.

      I am dealing with firearms, you are talking about cars...

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      I'll just assume you did not understand the context of what I wrote. So read my comment about 10 or 15 times or more if you need too. Try not to read what is not there. Try one word at a time and grab a dictionary if you think it will help you.

      Have a nice day.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Really? I bet if you had been shot 11 times with a Bushmaster .223, like some of those children in Sandy Hook, you wouldn't have much to say at all. And if you could, you might just wonder why an such an individual was able to procure such a weapon with such a magazine in the first place.

      We have better control of vehicles? Interesting statement. We register our cars yearly and pay a tax on that privilege, with insurance requirements and regularly occurring standard checks on the car and the owner. And that privilege is rescinded if we exhibit a pattern of misbehavior. Not to mention basic traffic laws...

      Is your point that regulation does not effect behavior? If so, then I would query what the point is of laws prohibiting rape and murder? People still get raped and murdered in spite of the laws dissuading these acts. Why have stop signs or speed limits since people still die in traffic accidents? Is that really your argument here?

      If so, your argument is completely devoid of rational.

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Justin Earick- I retired with 27 years in Law Enforcement. And I have seen the results and damage cause by the business end of a gun. It is something I do not wish on anyone. One of the last things I ever wanted to see was a gun in the hands of a criminal who was hell bent on ill intent. But what I learned most in those 27 years in Law Enforcemennt is that we Americans take risk every time we walk out of our homes. 99.9 % of the time we Americans all come home at the end of the day. I have seen by far more deaths caused by traffic accidents than I have by deaths from fire arms. And what is so amazing is there are more guns in America's homes than there are cars on America's streets. So with that said, I believe we have a far better control of guns in America than we do our vehicles. I am not trying to down play the events in Connecticut last week. My heart goes out to the children and teachers who lost their lives. And the families who will suffer for years to come. My prayer go out to each and every one of them.

      America was born out of war. Americans have owned guns ever since. Guns are not respossible for themselves. Nor do they control who's hands they will fall into. Each of us are respossible for our own actions and also actions we fail to take. Although our Government has much responsibility to the citizen of our nation it can not control our thoughts and mind and the intent of an individual. Good or bad. If blame is to be placed for the events in Connecticut last week, then it must be place on the individual who carried these guns into the school and took the lives of these children and teachers. If I have been shot ( and still lived) in the line of duty, I would not have blamed our government, nor the NRA, nor any ones parents nor even the system. I would have blamed the person who pointed the gun at me and pulled the trigger. How the person obtained the gun would have been a mute point.