(Image source: The Washington Post)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is calling for armed police officers in every school in America. That after a week of silence from the powerful gun lobby.

LAPIERRE: “The only way to stop a BAD guy with a gun is with a GOOD guy with a gun.”

It was the first time the NRA had spoken publicly since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children.

Earlier this week the NRA announced it would hold a news conference, though ask any reporter who was there Friday, And you’re likely to hear lots of lamenting about the fact there were no questions allowed — despite the fact LaPierre called it “the start of a conversation.”

In fact even many conservative pundits criticized the appearance as either ill-timed or poorly executed.

FORMER RNC CHAIR MICHAEL STEELE, VIA MSNBC: “...as a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA … I just found it very haunting and very disturbing...”

And amid a reignited debate over stricter gun control measures —

LaPierre’s statement led many in the press to call the organization he heads “tone deaf.” In fact Twitter was littered with snarky responses.

And splashed across the front page of the Huffington Post: “The Nuts Come Out!”

In his statement LaPierre blamed media coverage and violent video games and movies for glorifying murder and giving “wall-to-wall” attention to unstable killers. His solution?

Naming former Rep. Asa Hutchinson to head the National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Hutchinson will develop plans to train and provide armed security at every one of the nation’s almost 100,000 public schools.
LaPierre did not specify whether the plan would cover the more than 30,000 private schools, but did say local authorities could opt out. The NRA’s reasoning: if armed guards protect the president, our airports, and our banks — why not our schools? On Bloomberg, executive Washington editor Al Hunt said the idea “horrified” him.

AL HUNT: “There was a killing at one football game. Are we going to put armed guards in every football stadium? ... One would have thought it was a Saturday Night Live spoof of the NRA, except that it was real.”

Around the time the media availability was going on, a deadly shooting left four dead and two injured in Altoona, Pennsylvania — likely to increase calls for stricter gun measures.

Vice President Joe Biden is also heading a group tasked with providing recommendations to prevent future mass shootings. His group’s proposals are due no later than the end of January.

NRA Calls for Armed Guards in Schools

by Christina Hartman
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Dec 21, 2012

NRA Calls for Armed Guards in Schools

(Image source: The Washington Post)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is calling for armed police officers in every school in America. That after a week of silence from the powerful gun lobby.

LAPIERRE: “The only way to stop a BAD guy with a gun is with a GOOD guy with a gun.”

It was the first time the NRA had spoken publicly since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children.

Earlier this week the NRA announced it would hold a news conference, though ask any reporter who was there Friday, And you’re likely to hear lots of lamenting about the fact there were no questions allowed — despite the fact LaPierre called it “the start of a conversation.”

In fact even many conservative pundits criticized the appearance as either ill-timed or poorly executed.

FORMER RNC CHAIR MICHAEL STEELE, VIA MSNBC: “...as a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA … I just found it very haunting and very disturbing...”

And amid a reignited debate over stricter gun control measures —

LaPierre’s statement led many in the press to call the organization he heads “tone deaf.” In fact Twitter was littered with snarky responses.

And splashed across the front page of the Huffington Post: “The Nuts Come Out!”

In his statement LaPierre blamed media coverage and violent video games and movies for glorifying murder and giving “wall-to-wall” attention to unstable killers. His solution?

Naming former Rep. Asa Hutchinson to head the National School Shield Emergency Response Program. Hutchinson will develop plans to train and provide armed security at every one of the nation’s almost 100,000 public schools.
LaPierre did not specify whether the plan would cover the more than 30,000 private schools, but did say local authorities could opt out. The NRA’s reasoning: if armed guards protect the president, our airports, and our banks — why not our schools? On Bloomberg, executive Washington editor Al Hunt said the idea “horrified” him.

AL HUNT: “There was a killing at one football game. Are we going to put armed guards in every football stadium? ... One would have thought it was a Saturday Night Live spoof of the NRA, except that it was real.”

Around the time the media availability was going on, a deadly shooting left four dead and two injured in Altoona, Pennsylvania — likely to increase calls for stricter gun measures.

Vice President Joe Biden is also heading a group tasked with providing recommendations to prevent future mass shootings. His group’s proposals are due no later than the end of January.

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