Will NRA's call to arms have lasting impact?
The pro-gun lobby suggests placing armed security guards in every American school. The idea was dismissed by many, however, and didn't seem to gain much policital support.
But what will the group's call mean? Will it have any impact beyond a day of heated debate? Is this a fundamental, significant moment in America's complicated relationship with guns or a throwaway grab for headlines?
Investors in gun stocks seemed underwhelmed. The share price for Sturm Ruger (RGR) barely budged and closed Friday down 0.4%. Smith and Wesson (SWHC) shares closed down 1.9%.
The country has seen a week of intense focus on gun control since 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14 and killed 20 children and six educators. America has struggled to understand the attack, to figure out what may have motivated Lanza, who also killed his mother and himself.
The NRA's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said guns were not to blame. He did blame the media, video games, movies and music videos. He described a "race to the bottom" in which companies compete to be more shocking and offensive. Violent films, he added, were "the filthiest form of pornography."
LaPierre suggested placing armed security guards in every American school. The gun-free zone in place in many schools "tells every killer that schools are the safest place" for mass shootings, he added.
He didn't specify how the program would be paid for, how guards would be trained, what procedures would be in place or how the scenario would be any different from Columbine High School, which had an armed guard when two gunmen killed numerous students in 1999, or Virginia Tech, which had its own armed police force when a student went on a deadly rampage in 2007.
His ideas didn't appear to address whether high-capacity assault weapons should be legal.
LaPierre's suggestions run counter to renewed calls for more gun control and stricter background checks since the shootings. President Obama has appointed Vice President Joe Biden to run a task force on the issue and deliver proposals by next month.
The NRA's highly anticipated announcement was quickly criticized from many sides. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said LaPierre's ideas were "a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country."
There weren't many who vocally supported LaPierre's plan. Even on the conservative website The Corner, run by the National Review, commenters were far more critical of the proposal than they were supportive. "Any sort of policy that's based on extremely rare, isolated incidents is almost guaranteed to do more unintended harm than good, wrote one. "That goes for both the anti-gun and the pro-gun crowd trying to wave the bloody shirt."
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NRA should talk reasonably. 2nd..Amendment should be amended. Gun owners can own
guns with more responsibilty.All gun should have parmanent numbers like car's Vin numbers,so they can traced back to manufactures,sellers and owners,hence could be traced back in case horrific and irresonsible act. Make owners resposible if they donn't safe- guard their weapons of self defence, and hobby. Bar tenders are responsible if they have served more Drinks
and person gets into accident and somebody is killed. They should have all the rights they want with responsibilty.
NRA is talking about trainning teachers how to stay with guns in school.
There's that Mentality....A Police State.
You really don't know much about cops, do you ??
What would happen if indeed, as suggested by many, we start arming teachers/school administrators with guns so that they could combat the killers of our innocent. Apparently, as the logic goes, these killers would no longer enter schools where they would be killed before they could do their harm. Success!
But then I suspect that these criminals - whether in touch with reality or not - would look for other sites to make their horrific entrance. They could, for example, look for places where children gather together. Children are always going on field trips, often to museums. So I suspect that the evil ones will eventually show up at such places. So we now arm the museum personnel. Success at last - no more museum shootings.
But then there are the parks with playgrounds. How hard would it be for the evil doer to use his semi-automatic to kill many, and then him/her self. So we arm the playgrounds. Let’s no longer speak of success - not yet.
There are the sports venues where children play hockey, or soccer, or basketball or any myriad of athletic games. Arm the parents, coaches - make the water boy the gun boy.
And of course there are those indoor playgrounds at fast food restaurants. We surely can arm the manager, or a couple of the minimum paid workers.
Have we covered everything? Have we armed everyone yet?
Of course we could regulate the kind of guns our society is allowed to buy. But then,
there goes freedom.
I cherish my freedom, along with the civilian police state I now so comfortably live in.
(Did I mention hospitals? Day care centers? Pediatrician offices? Churches?........)
WITH MUCH ....of the rhetoric and kneejerk reaction, that I've seen prevalent.....
I really don't understand why planes are still allowed to fly...?......Since 9/11.
Or why we still have hi-speed car chases/crashes.?...For mostly a civil infraction, or someone has not paid their child support...
Why are monstrous trucks allowed to go over 55 mph or bully and kill people on hi-ways.?
Especially when highway conditions are treacherous....? Then it should be 45 or under...PERIOD.
40 YEARS AGO........??? AN ARMED POLICEMAN IN OUR HALLS ????....ON DUTY ????
I've been a lot of PLACES too.......My friend.
Was that in this Country.??
Most rent a cops can't hit a barn with a shotgun. Let alone a perp with an M-4 with 20 dying kids around him. Why don't all you Rambos volunteer to "protect" your local school?
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