Just a few quick comments on today’s NRA Press Conference. I am using the quotes from this afternoon’s post from JSONLINE:
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” the group’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference.
LaPierre said “the next Adam Lanza,” the man responsible for last week’s mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.
“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark,” LaPierre said. “A dozen more killers, a hundred more? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”
Mr. LaPierre is apparently aware that deflection is their only possible defense.
We’ve discussed this before…he’s right on one level. There will be other attempts…but just because we can’t prevent every nut case from acquiring a gun and attempting mayhem…doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt to minimize the possibilities. Reducing the gun death toll by 5% or 10% or 20% is still a worthy cause.
And while we are on the topic of databases, we should probably ramp up the FBI’s database to improve the accuracy rate of gun background checks. Think the NRA will kick in to support that?
Side Snark: Mental Health issues wouldn’t be as big a problem if we had a comprehensive national health care system that included treatment for mental health issues. End of Snark.
But Mr. LaPierre wasn’t done yet. He has apparently enlisted some help in providing the wrong solutions for our national crisis of gun violence (emphasis added):
LaPierre announced that former Rep. Asa Hutchison (R-Ark.) will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers.
The first time I read that it didn’t totally sink in. I thought we were just following down the same empty casing laden primrose path that Sheriff Clarke was leading us. But then the V word sunk in. We are not only willing to turn our schools into prisons…but we are going to use VOLUNTEER armed guards? Wow, that’s off the deep end…
But constant readers of Blogging Blue are familiar with the instances of trained police officers not being able to hit what they aim at…check them HERE and HERE! The last thing I want are gun happy volunteers deciding how to defend our schools and who to challenge with a fire arm. No training we could possibly provide would be sufficient.
And there is nothing that screams freedom and liberty like locked down buildings surrounded by armed guards…of course this could be the start of that ‘well regulated militia’ we are always hearing about?