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The N.R.A. Has Lost It’s Collective Mind….All One Of Them.


By Jueseppi B.

 

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With signs of protests staring him in his face, The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre speaks about shootings Newtown, Connecticut.

 

 

After four days of self-imposed silence on the shooting that killed 26 people inside a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, the National Rifle Association emerged on Dec. 18, 2012, and promised “to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

 

The United States’ largest gun rights lobby plans to have a news conference to answer questions on Dec. 21, the one-week anniversary of the shootings.

 

 

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After a week of silence in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the National Rifle Association finally spoke out Friday defending guns and decrying violence. NRA’s Wayne LaPierre called for schools to be protected with armed guards, just as sports stadiums, the President of the United States and government buildings.

 

 

NRA Statement National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre speaks after shootings Newtown, Connecticut.

 

Published on Dec 21, 2012

PArt 1 of 2 NRA Statement National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre speaks after shootings Newtown, Connecticut.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association is returning to the spotlight one week after a mass shooting that killed 26 people — 20 of them children — at a Connecticut elementary school.

 

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby plans to address reporters and critics on Friday in its first public event since last week’s shooting in Newtown, Conn.

 

The 4.3 million-member group says it will offer “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.” But officials have not yet addressed how — if at all — they would work with members of Congress who are expected to consider tighter restrictions on firearms in the new year.

 

The NRA has largely kept out of sight since last week’s shooting, taking down its Facebook page and silencing itself on Twitter. But today, the attention will rest squarely on NRA officials as they speak out for the first time since the shooting. In a short statement issued on Tuesday, the organization said is “prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”

 

We will updating our readers here as the news conference is going on, so check back often.

 

11:33 a.m. Keene takes the stage and concludes the news conference as reporters shout questions. He repeats the organization’s officers won’t take questions. The bottom line is the NRA thinks that armed guards at schools and not pushing for more gun control measures is the way lawmakers should go after the issue.

 

11:31 School safety is a complex issue, but providing armed security could provide an important line of defense to protecting school children, Hutchinson said.

 

11:28 a.m. Hutchinson said he took the task of directing the model shield program with the condition that it would be independent. Armed, trained personnel will be part of the program, and it won’t require any federal money. It will rely on volunteers.

 

11:26 a.m. “We must act now for the sake every child in America,” LaPierre says before introducing Hutchinson

 

11:24 a.m. The NRA is creating what is calling a “model school shield program” to help improve security at schools It will be lead by former Rep. Asa Hutchinson and will be made available to every school that wants it free of charge, LaPierre says.

 

11:21 a.m. LaPierre calls on Congress to immediately appropriate money to put armed officers in every school in America. The conversation on this idea has to start immediately. He says the NRA has 11,000 police training instructors willing to help out.

 

11:17 a.m. LaPierre asks: “Why is the use of a gun when it’s asked to be used to protect the president or used by the police, but bad when it’s used to protect children.” He calls on the media to “at least admit that it’s possible” that armed guards could have stopped the Newtown massacre.

 

11:13 a.m. LaPierre criticizes the media for getting basic facts about guns wrong. “They don’t know what they are talking about. He makes the point that increased regulation of guns amounts to “dishonest thinking.” He adds, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

 

11:09 a.m. Federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% to lowest levels in a decade, LaPierre notes. He criticizes media for placing the blame on gun rights advocates and failing to talk about the “callous, corrupt shadow industry” pushed by Hollywood and video game makers.

 

11:06 a.m. A protester holding up a red handmade sign interrupts the press conference. He’s carried out by security while yelling, “The NRA is killing our children.”

 

11:05 a.m. LaPierre says pushing for gun-free killers offers an invitation to “insane” killers. He notes banks, stadiums, and lawmakers are protected by armed security, but we aren’t doing the same for children. “We as a society are leaving them utterly defenseless…and the monsters of the world know it.”

 

11:03 a.m. LaPierre says they remained “respectfully silent” out of respect for the families. He adds for all the anger thrown at his organization since Newtown tragedy no one is talking about how we protect our children now.

 

11:01 a.m. NRA President Keene introduces the organization’s Wayne LaPierre, but says the organization will not take questions from reporters.

 

10:43 a.m. USA TODAY’s Jackie Kucinich reports that security is tight at the Willard Hotel, site of the NRA news conference.About a dozen security guards in black suits wearing red and blue pins stood in and around the ballroom where the press conference would later take place. Just before 9:30 a.m. the NRA’s David Keene came to the podium and asked for the reporters and staff milling around the room to join him in observing a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Newtown.

 

10:33 a.m. We will have to wait a little bit longer to hear what the NRA has to say. The press conference has been pushed back to 11 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk about too stupid. The Nation with the most guns per capita needs more guns. Lets arm our school teachers, in EVERY school….where most school have several buildings and millions of square footage to be covered…..instead of just removing handguns & assault weapons.

 

 

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: Put ‘armed police officers’ in every school

 

Posted by Sean Sullivan on December 21, 2012 For Washington Post

 

In his first extensive public remarks since the mass shooting at a Connecticut school last Friday, the head of National Rifle Association called Friday for all schools to have armed police officers in an effort to curb violent outbreaks akin to the Connecticut shooting.

 

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington. LaPierre also called on Congress to act immediately “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.”

 

LaPierre’s words are likely to set off a national debate over two starkly different views about curbing gun violence. On one side stand those like the NRA head, who believe that arming more citizens is the answer; on the other, gun-control advocates pressing for tighter restrictions on firearms.

 

LaPierre was interrupted twice during his remarks by gun-control protesters; one held up a sign that read: “NRA Killing Our Kids.”

 

“Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them … in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” said LaPierre, head of the nation’s largest gun rights group.

 

The remarks came after a week of near-silence from the NRA following themass shooting last Friday in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school. The group’s social media accounts went dark, and it issued just one public statement, saying its members were “shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders.”

 

LaPierre said that if the Newtown school had armed officers on site, lives might have been spared.

 

“Will you at least admit it is possible that 26 little kids — that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day?” he asked.

 

This article can be read in it’s entirety at The Washington Post.

 

 

Lets review why this idiocy will never work:

 

First, America’s 100,000 plus schools have not just one building but many buildings. Do we put armed security in each building on schools grounds

 

Second, how do you arm people, especially teachers, who have no arms training, to become proficient in armed warfare overnight?

 

Thirdly, Who pays for this? Where does funding magically appear from? What do we cut to get funding for this…the middle class and the poor’s throats?

 

Fourthly, most schools, especially college campuses, already have security, armed security. What happens to those people and their jobs if we put armed police in their places?

 

Instead of the NRA focusing on removing handguns and assault weapons availability from Americans hands and lives, the NRA wants more guns, more assault weapons and more assault magazine clips.

 

America does not have enough, lets multiply handguns and assault weapons by 100,000 plus and put them in close proximity to our children.

 

The National Rifle (Sales R Us) Association is stark raving mad.

 

 

NRAAmerican citizen looking at the diverse selection of death, readily available at his local gun store.

 

 

 

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19 Responses

  1. Guns in schools is a terrible idea, but there are few practical suggestions about what else would prevent or reduce the carnage in the near future.

    Having an adequate mental health system is a long way down the road, thanks to the GOP starting with Reagan’s cuts as governor in California.

    The mentally ill and criminals will obtain weapons regardless of the laws, but limiting sales to dealers who do background checks would help.

    As abhorrent as the idea of guns in schools may be, it is a simple fact that if the principal had been armed and trained, she might be alive and so might more of the kids.

    Practical suggestions:

    One suggestion would be to require gun manufacturers to fire and store sample bullets for every weapon produced, and upload images of each bullet to a public website for use in comparing striations with bullets obtained from a crime scene. Knowing that the bullets will be easily traced to the weapon would act as a deterrent.

    The most effective solution will be to use existing technology to increase the safety of weapons. We need to educate the public, and particularly our anti-science politicians, not to mention the NRA, regarding the potential sea-changing capability of existing technology. The cost of taking advantage of such technology would be minimal and should be subsidized if necessary.

    Tracking: Objections to gun registration can be bypassed by implementation of an independent tracking system. Owners would be required to attach a simple, inexpensive registered GPS tracking device to every weapon, which could only be legally deactivated or removed from the weapon on the owner’s property. The tracking device would be registered to the owner, and could be voluntarily registered to the weapon (by serial number) as well. Possession of a weapon off the owner’s property without a working registered tracking device would carry severe penalties.

    Video: Ideal security can be achieved by also requiring that two, pea-sized, inexpensive wireless cameras be attached to each weapon, one pointed at the target, and one pointed at the user’s face, sending real-time video to a public website. An optional postage-stamp size screen showing the target camera’s video could be added to the weapon to increase accuracy and safety. This may sound far-fetched, but the technology exists.

    Objections to tracking of a registered GPS device would, of course, be moot in a collapse-of-civilization scenario that anti-gun control advocates are so shrill about.

    People also have deep concerns about corruption in law enforcement. GPS tracking and real-time video should be required for all law enforcement and newly manufactured weapons within one year, and all existing weapons within two years. The requirement to submit striation images for all existing weapons would follow.

    To avoid GPS and video transmissions being used by criminals to their advantage, encrypted transmission by law enforcement would be allowed during legal engagement for public decryption immediately after the engagement.

    The focus on limitations on types of weapons and size of clips will stall legislation. The mentality of many gun advocates is premised on concerns about their capability to defend against heavily-armed opponents in instances of home invasion or the collapse of civilization. The fact that such events are unlikely is not a factor in their thinking. Their goal is to be better armed with heavier weapons and bigger clips, and limitations on achieving this goal will be a deal breaker for them.

    Requiring owners to have a working, registered GPS tracking device attached to every weapon when not on the owner’s property would avoid knee-jerk objections to registering weapons with the government or limitations on defensive capability, and would provide a solution that can be applied to all existing weapons instead of only to newly manufactured weapons.

    • Mr. Goodman,
      My solution is even simpler, stop the sale, manufacture, possession and firing of any handgun and assault weapon for, by and to any American citizen NOT directly connected to all legitimate law enforcement agencies. To break this law, mentioned above, would be a capital crime punishable by death, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. Lesser violations would mean long intense prison time. Make room in prisons by releasing all marijuana related sentences.

      My final suggestion is price every single bullet, cartridge, shell and all ammunition designate at a price starting at $5000 a piece. Not many would load a 100 round assault drum if the ammo cost $5000 a shell.

      You want to get serious about saving American lives, get serious about a solution. ;-)

      Some of your solutions make good sense but understand the NRA ain’t about good sense solutions, the NRA is all about the gun/armaments manufacturers they represent on Capital Hill, and increasing those gun makers profits.

      The NRA cares not about the 2nd amendment right to bear arms, which was written in 1791, for the express purpose of forming a well regulated militia, which we have had for centuries in the form of Armed Services and armed Law Enforcement.

      Lastly, the document, 2nd amendment, was written by men who had no clue about weaponry for the 22nd century.
      When, if, the day ever comes that your child or family member or loved one is gunned down by a handgun or assault weapon, then come talk with me.

      The school principle and no other civilian, in any school, should ever be packing a weapon, because it can be taken from her and used on her…I know I could do that in 3.7 seconds.

      And just for the sake of argument, the shooter in Sandy Hook had a Bushmaster .223….would you also arm that principle with a Bushmaster .223?

      I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

  2. LOL, No shit! :)

  3. [...] The N.R.A. Has Lost It’s Collective Mind….All One Of Them. (theobamacrat.com) [...]

  4. I don’t have a USA Today report on my blog to remove. If you’re speaking of this: “10:43 a.m. USA TODAY’s Jackie Kucinich reports that security is tight at the Willard Hotel, site of the NRA news conference.About a dozen security guards in black suits wearing red and blue pins stood in and around the ballroom where the press conference would later take place. Just before 9:30 a.m. the NRA’s David Keene came to the podium and asked for the reporters and staff milling around the room to join him in observing a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Newtown” …..thats a quote taken from a you tube video and not your USA Today.

    Two things about your request to remove USA Today’s report from my blog: 1). I don’t have anything belonging to USA Today on my blog except the above mentioned quote taken from You Tube, that mentions USA Today, but it is not a report. 2). The USA Today e-mail you supplied is fake and not recognizable. So I guess you can commence legal proceedings with a DMCA notice.

  5. This “press conference” played out like one long advertisement for the NRA and its fundraising. Not one recommendation will do anything significant to curb gun violence. I’ve heard of passing the buck but come on.. How many other things can you blame (i.e. media, gangs, movies, video games) without admitting to any of the NRA’s accountability for driving a gun culture. Also, I find it tacky that LaPierre would hold a conference the same day that Newtown held its moment of silence to remember the victims. Now that the circus is over, let’s get back to some serious discussions on gun control. And it does NOT include advocating for more guns for “good guys to fight bad guys”… smh

  6. So scary. It is difficult to comprehend the mentality. It is so counter-intuitive to push MORE guns as a means to end uncontrollable ubiquitous gun violence. But the NRA doesn’t have safety on its agenda; they don’t care about anything except maintaining its own power and position and source of wealth. Thank you for speaking out, Jueseppi.

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