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NRA’s ‘Meaningful Contribution’: An Armed Cop In Every School

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on December 21, 2012

This is an exact quote from Friday’s NRA statement: “This is the beginning of a serious conversation. We won’t be taking any questions.”

The National Rifle Association stayed eerily silent after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School killings that left 26 Newtown residents dead, 20 of them small children. The gun rights group stayed quiet for five long days, but then it informed the world it had “meaningful contributions” to make in the ensuing debate. On Friday we learned the NRA has no clue what the phrase “meaningful contributions” means. None.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, ahead of his appearance on Meet the Press this coming Sunday, stepped up to the podium and blamed the media, blamed video games, blamed the mentally ill, blamed violent movies, blamed gun-free zones, blamed foreign aid and blamed … sports, maybe? Why not just blame Canada? This was an unmitigated disaster.

Read the full statement here. Here’s an excerpt:

The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth. Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them.

And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.

Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!

Put aside the fact that Columbine had armed guards and that tragedy still occurred, Twitter wasn’t having the rest of LaPierre’s statement:

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Oh, and there were protesters, too, which did a disservice to everyone at home, because it took away from LaPierre doing damage to himself.



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Also, The Onion nailed it back in May:

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