NRA (Nazis Rule America) Gets Excited | Wants More Guns In Schools
The U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) defends America’s gun law that allows citizens to bear firearms amid high public anger over increasing gun violence in the country.
Speaking at a news conference in Washington on Friday, NRA executive vice president insisted that guns protect American children at schools.
Wayne LaPierre also accused the media of trying to demonize gun owners. The head of the pro-gun lobby blamed rampant gun violence across America on violent films and video games.
LaPierre’s comments come as the U.S. is still struggling with the aftermath of a deadly shooting that killed 20 children and eight adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
LaPierre, whose remarks were interrupted twice by pro-gun control protesters, disdained the notion that stricter gun laws could have prevented “monsters” like Adam Lanza from committing mass shootings, and wondered why schools, unlike banks, don’t have the protection of armed forces.
Alternately criticizing politicians, the media, and the entertainment industry, LaPierre argued that “the press and political class here in Washington [are] so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America’s gun owners” that they overlook what he claims is the real solution to the nation’s recent surge in mass shootings — and what, he said, could have saved lives last week.
“What if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?” he asked. “Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?”
LaPierre called on Congress to put a police officer in every school in America, which according to a Slate analysis would cost the nation at least $5.4 billion. LaPierre recognized that local budgets are “strained,” but urged lawmakers “to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school.”
He offered up the NRA’s unique “knowledge, dedication, and resources” to assist in efforts to train those forces, but made no mention of a fiscal contribution.
FACTS & FIGURES
Efforts to limit the sale and possession of assault rifles and multi-round ammunition clips, or to require background checks and waiting periods for the purchase of guns, have been halted for years by fears that the powerful National Rifle Association would defeat any politician who proposed such measures. NY Times
Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has spent $28.2 million on lobbying in Washington and employed between 16 and 35 lobbyists in any given year. The group has doled out more than $3.3 million in campaign contributions and $44 million on independent efforts to support its favored candidates in the last three federal elections. The Huffington Post
Unlike in the cases of previous mass murders, new evidence suggests Americans increasingly support tougher gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacres. CBS
According to a recent CBS News poll, support for stricter gun laws is the highest it’s been in a decade, surging 18 points since the spring of this year. CBS News
The U.S. averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control. The crime lab’s research estimates the annual cost of gun violence to society at $100 billion. The Daily Beast