The NRA held a press conference led by Executive VP Wayne LaPierre in which they blamed the lack of armed good guys and the media for the mass shootings in Newtown, CT.
NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre had much blame to give out, none of it at guns or the NRA.
The NRA held a surreal press conference today, led by NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre to announce their response to the Newtown CT shooting. Lapierre announced the NRA's number one policy proposal: put an armed guard in every school. LaPierre went on a comically predictable pro-NRA rant, in which he blamed video games, movies and the media for infecting the U.S. with a culture of violence, but no blame at all on the gun sellers and manufacturers that fuel the funding of the NRA. No, according to LaPierre, the NRA and gun owners are the solution:
We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.
Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it....
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
LaPierre repeated the longheld NRA talking point that guns are primarily for defending oneself, ignoring the fact that some guns, like the high-capacity, semi-automatic one used by Adam Lanza, are clearly designed to inflict maximum damage over multiple targets in the shortest possible time. Banning these sorts of guns is an obvious first step in limiting how much damage our nation's psychopaths can do, but it's something the NRA will never endorse. Though LaPierre decried the desire for profits outweighing the protection of our children, it is this exact motive that prevents LaPierre or the NRA from endorsingan assualt weapons ban. The NRA needs gun profits to survive, and it is hellbent on opposing any restriction in gun sales. That they didn't want to hear this was apparent when LaPierre and everyone else associated with the NRA press conference departed without taking any questions.
If we want sensible reform that will lead to less gun violence, we should start with an assault weapons ban. If we want great theater, we should keep watching LaPierre and the NRA.