Wayne's World: A Logic Free Zone
The same old nonsense from the NRA. Today, the NRA gave a long awaited press conference. Wayne LaPierre read from notes and did not answer questions. He ignored hecklers. His point? Armed guards in every school will protect kids from crazy armed shooters. What Codswallop. What a completely bankrupt argument.
The New York Times put it this way:
The National Rifle Association on Friday called for schools to be protected by armed guards as the best way to shield children from gun violence.
The proposal from the pro-gun lobbying group, long the most vocal and influential organization generally opposing stricter regulation of firearms, came during the N.R.A.'s first organized media event after the deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn. The group also called for steps other than gun control, including cracking down on criminals and fighting violence in the media and on video games. ...
But it was the vehement insistence that the single best line of defense was to put armed guards in schools — and the absence of any openness to various suggestions for new gun control measures — that dominated the event at a downtown hotel not far from the White House.
Mr. LaPierre said this should be done right away, with the details left to the discretion of local schools. The N.R.A. would provide a template or model program after consulting with security experts.
To be kind, which is not exactly what I'm feeling at the moment, that dog just won't hunt, Wayne. And seriously. The video game as a source of violence? That's the old Twinkie defense. You know. Everything that happened was somebody else's fault/responsibility. I thought you were for responsible gun ownership. Apparently, you've just deleted the adjective. Fine. The multitude of victims of gun violence deserve better. If they won't get it from you, fine. They'll get it elsewhere.
And suggesting that arming cops would prevent killing is a complete insult. To policemen who have been killed in the line of duty. It's really simple. Armed police are being killed by armed people at an astonishing rate in America. The guns the police are carrying aren't keeping even them alive. So remind me again why having armed police, like they had at Columbine right at the school, or at Virginia Tech, which had the police nearby, is going to safeguard our children? And let's not even think about Fort Hood, where almost everybody was armed, and it did not good to prevent mass murder.
I should add a note of unwanted irony. While Wayne was talking, some guy in Pennsylvania was walking down the road shooting people, including state troopers. Nicely done, Wayne. Nicely done.