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The NRA shifted blame to the media and allowing violence into the homes. They also said that bad guys with guns were only stopped by good guys with guns.
The truth is that there are myriad reasons why violence happens. Sometimes it's just evil people doing evil things.
But I'm glad there is a national discussion about firearms. The NRA broke its silence Friday:
“While some have tried to exploit the tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said. “Nobody has addressed the most important pressing and immediate question...How do we protect our children today?”
LaPierre discussed in detail an inconvenient fact many in the media and on Capitol Hill have failed to acknowledge: gun free school zones leave children vulnerable to violent attacks carried out by madmen. LaPierre said making schools gun free over the years has simply told “every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with little risk.”
America airports, power plants, court houses, sports stadiums, office buildings and other important infrastructure are heavily protected by armed police or security but our schools, are not.
“We care about our President so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents,” LaPierre said. “We as a society leave them [children in schools] utterly defenseless and the monsters and the predators of the world exploit it.”
That exerpt from TownHall.com.
I talked yesterday about how I felt about the idea of a police state inside schools or shopping malls. Suffice to say that this wild west mentality isn't my ideal response to these limited tragedies.