Saturday, 22nd December 2012
NRA MAKES PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OVER SANDY HOOK KILLINGS - As per the Press Release statement earlier in the week, where the NRA told reporters it would make a full statement later in the week once it had its thoughts in order, the press attended the NRA’s televised address to the nation.
Here is the press conference and address and note carefully how it starts off by announcing it will NOT take questions at this time. I would
implore you to watch all of the video as this surely has to be one of the most disturbing views for advocating more guns on our streets.
After watching the video is it any wonder that politicians and gun-control advocates viewed the comments of the NRA’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre with more than a little disbelief and outrage?
Is Mr. LaPierre’s view that while the rest of America is protected by guns it is only reasonable that our schools should also come under armed guard. Violence begets violence and arming everyone simply to kill surely is not the answer.
I want to make this perfectly clear… I am not opposed to firearms for the purpose of leisure and sport. I am however adverse to people owning guns for the pursuit of protection – this protection should be provided by our law enforcement personnel. Having a gun, knowing that you could kill someone is no answer to the ever growing levels of gun crime in the United States.
In my view Mr. LaPierre’s views are nothing but holly and self serving. Where would he and his staff be without a gun? Obviously without a job, because quite frankly with this type of thinking he would be dangerous to run any other type of business.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” NRA’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre
Taking the statement above how does the NRA make the determination of good and bad? Consider that Adam Lanza obtained his weapons from his mother, a school teacher at Sandy Hook. Yes, it is a fact that he, the bad guy used the guns, but these were taken from the so called good guy, in this case his mother. If the so called good guy didn’t have a gun then in this case it might be reasonable to assume that the bad guy wouldn’t have been able to commit such an atrocity?
Mr. LaPierre goes on to say that guns are not evil, and that is a fair comment, a gun is just an object and only becomes dangerous in the wrong hands. His statement proceeds with the facts that a gun in the hands of a Secret Service Agent protecting our President is a good thing – a gun in the hands of Military Personnel protecting our country is a good thing, which again are fair statements, but how can he say with any conviction that a gun in the hands of our teachers is a good thing. The people he refers to above are Professionals, who have all received extensive training, none of which our school teacher have. What does Mr. LaPierre propose? That each of our teacher’s undergoes SWAT training?
Prevention is better than cure and in this case the NRA doesn’t have much of a case. Handing out firearms like candy is not the answer in our drive for a peaceful society.