Politics: NRA refuses to cave to anti-gun media - demands armed guards for schools

Published by: Robert Laurie on Friday December 21st, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - NRA stands up, takes the fight to the media

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun."

With this simple point, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre tore into the utter, abject, hypocrisy of the left-wing, anti-gun, press.

While being interrupted by protesters multiple times, LaPierre chose not to kowtow to gun control zealots, but rather to take the fight straight to his media detractors.  Throughout his speech he cited their ignorance and lies about the functionality of weapons, their gun control propagandizing, and their willful compliance with the anti-gun agenda.

He also called out the fact that they profit, heavily, off of violent movies, TV shows, and video games, while promoting and glorifying a violence-obsessed entertainment culture.

LaPierre made the point that we surround our President, political figures, and even our money with armed guards but, for some reason, we refuse to offer our children the same protection.

“We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

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. That must change now.”

 With this in mind, he said that "It's now time for us to assume responsibly for our schools. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be permanently involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection." 

He blamed laws which create "gun-free school zones" for informing "every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."

“You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

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?

Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America's gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.”

LaPierre then called, again, for armed guards in every school, suggesting that they could be culled from the ranks of our active and retired police and military.

“Now, the National Rifle Association knows that there are millions of qualified active and retired police; active, reserve and retired military; security professionals; certified firefighters and rescue personnel; and an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every school. We can deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America's schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America's police force.

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.”

Unfortunately, the financial realities of placing a $50,000 per-year armed security guard in every school in America make this a tall order.  It would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.5 billion annually.  Also, echoing Joe Biden's anti video game and movie rhetoric is unfortunate.  Limiting the 1st Amendment is a non-fix that's just as bad as gun control.

Still, it was a solid speech and it was nice to see that the NRA did not, as some had expected they would, capitulate to the current gun control zeitgeist.

As we’ve argued before, guns are only the implement used in these attacks.  Bans, restrictions, and tighter federal control will do nothing to change the fact that firearms are not the cause.

Figure out what makes a responsible gun owner different than a killer, and you'll find the solution.

Here's the best video of the speech we can find.  It's almost complete, but is missing a couple of minutes at the beginning.