By Jueseppi B.
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.”
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
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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.
11:28 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.
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.