National Rifle Association CEO Wayne Lapierre issued the first NRA statement one week following the Sandy Hook school Newtown shooting on Friday. Many in the Media and Liberal-Progressive politics, like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reacted with NRA outrage over the idea of having an armed policeman in every elementary school. The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers rejected the concept as ″astounding and disturbing.″ While we still do not know what drove Adam Lanza to carry out his act of violence, the fact that he killed himself as soon as police arrived and entered the building does seem to lend credence to Lapierre′s basic point. That the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.
The NRA press conference turned into a freak show very quickly thanks to the freaks from Code Pink, a Far-Left group which advances many Progressive and Socialist causes. Add to that a hostile press and is it any wonder that the NRA statement is being ridiculed as it is. CNN even cut away to a commercial just as Lapierre began making his argument.
For the record, I am not a member of the NRA, though I used to be one. I ended my membership when the NRA caved in to public pressure in 1994 and went along with the so-called ′assault weapon′ ban. My use of ′so-called′ in regards to ′assault weapon′ is due to how one defines an assault weapon. It would seem to me that anything used as a weapon to assault another is an assault weapon, even if it is just a rolled up copy of Time Magazine. I know of several ways to kill a human with that! Frankly, just reading the dribble published by Time is enough to cause one to become brain-dead!
As for defining an ′assault weapon′ as one which enables a shooter to engage multiple targets due to high capacity ammunition magazines, consider this. One can buy 12-gauge shotgun cartridges that contain a dozen .30 caliber bullets. So an old-fashion pump shotgun with three to six rounds is more than enough to match the destructive power of semi-automatic, military-style rifles with 30-round magazines. Especially if used in confined areas, like a building interior. Yet, no law proposed covers banning pump shotguns or such ammunition. Even simple ′bird-shot′ rounds used inside a building would wreak much havoc.
Lapierre also accused the entertainment industry of profiting from violent movies, TV shows and video/computer games. We do know from official sources that Adam Lanza was fond of playing such games, spending much of his time engaged in virtual mayhem. The subject of the state of mental health and laws regarding such was also raised by Lapierre. Connecticut, for example, while having stricter gun laws than most states has very lax laws concerning committing the dangerously insane. It is one of only six states where there is little ability to have adults committed or even to ensure outpatient care or that patients be required to take their medication.
Short of Draconian actions to confiscate all firearms nationwide, which would cause far more trouble than solve, there is really no law that can guarantee safety from future mass shootings. Even if the government tried to do that, there would still be no way that all illegally owned firearms could be taken off the streets. While arming schools with gun-toting guards or developing a procedure for training teachers or staff to carry guns in school may reduce the chances of future mass shootings, again, there are no guarantees. Statistically, mass killings in the United States peaked in 1929 and have been declining since. The worst case involving a school was the dynamiting of a school in Michigan in 1927 when the culprit became upset over losing an election.
So while many express NRA outrage over the NRA statement on the Newtown shooting made by Wayne Lapierre yesterday, such criticism is specious to sat the least. The National Rifle Association is correct in that no gun law would have stopped Adam Lanza from shooting up the Sandy Hook school. But placing armed policemen in every American school would be a prudent step towards prevention. The National Education Association and other teacher unions may disagree, but then they defy logic routinely on a host of political issues. As with all matters, states and local governments should decide what course of action to take as whatever law coming out of Washington is bound to be pointless.