The NRA broke its silence on the mass-shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., during a news conference today. Much of the statement made by Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO, was devoted to making the argument that placing armed guards in every school should be our priority as a nation in order to protect our children from those who would harm them.
“It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.
He went on to say: “Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else, as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.”
He also spoke out against the video game makers and other segments of the entertainment industry, describing them as “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.”
He also called the idea of another gun ban a “dangerous notion” that would fail to promote safety. LaPierre said the NRA will taking a leading role to help prevent another school massacre.
“The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields,” he said.
Is this an answer that will work: placing armed guards in every school and making those who create violent media more accountable for their products? Is that going to make our schools safer?