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Head of NRA Pins CT Massacre on Pols, Monsters and Media, But Not Guns

12:46 pm - 12/21/2012
Head of NRA Pins Connecticut Massacre on Politicians, Monsters and Media, But Not Guns

Breaking his organization's week-long silence in the aftermath of the shooting spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 people, including 20 first-grade students, dead, Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, finally addressed media today.
"The National Rifle Association—4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters—join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown," LaPierre said in a ballroom at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. "Out of respect for the families and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained silent. Now, we must speak."



In 25 rambling minutes—the full text is hereLaPierre blamed elected officials, the entertainment industry and journalists—especially journalists—for creating a society that he said leaves schoolchildren vulnerable to the actions of people like 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life.

"Politicians have issued laws for gun-free school zones," LaPierre said. "They post signs advertising them, and in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk." (OP note: I caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan't)

Because schools and other public spaces are declared gun-free areas, LaPierre said, children are left virtually abandoned to the wills of people like Lanza: "We as a society leave them every day defenseless."

LaPierre's solution: More guns, virtually everywhere. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," he said.


Lamenting that too few schools, in his estimation, are protected by armed police officers, LaPierre called on Congress to authorize the funding to place a gun-carrying guard in every single one of the United States some 99,000 public schools.

In the mean time, LaPierre announced that the NRA will be establishing a program to help schools establish safety protocols that include the presence of armed guards. The goal, LaPierre said, is to "create a national school shield safety program with the only line of defense that's proven to work." In other words, if governments will not spend billions on placing full-time cops in every school, the NRA will take things into its own hands.

LaPierre touched very briefly on mental illness, which has been been more widely discussed in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy than after other mass shootings. "Our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters," he said, calling for the establishment of a "national database of the mentally ill."

Some states that do keep track of mentally ill people who are potentially dangerous to themselves and others have themselves been the sites of scenes of carnage like the one visited upon Newtown last week. Seung-Hui Cho, the gunman in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, had been flagged by Virginia's database but was not prevented from obtaining the weapons he used to gun down 32 people before killing himself.

LaPierre was briefly interrupted by protesters from the organization Code Pink. "We need to stop the killing, the NRA is killing our children," one of them said before being removed from the ballroom.

But LaPierre's sharpest words were reserved for media, which he accused of antagonizing the NRA and skewing the facts about Lanza's rampage at Sandy Hook. "Rather than face their moral failings, the media demonize gun owners," he said. "The media call semiautomatic firearms machine guns. They tell us that the .223 round"—the size of the bullets used by Lanza last week—"is one of the most powerful rifle calibers. They don't know what they're talking about."

LaPierre also cited video games like Mortal Kombat and films like American Psycho as contributing factors.

He also accused journalists of waging an open campaign against the NRA and gun owners. "What if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School he had been confronted by armed security?" LaPierre asked. "Is the press and the political class here in Washington, D.C. so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and American gun owners that you're willing to accept a world that the only defense to evil monsters is an unarmed school principal?"

LaPierre, who did not take any questions from reporters, said that he expected to be unenthused by the coverage of his address. "I can imagine the headlines, the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow," he said. "Your implication will be that guns are evil."

He only had to wait a few minutes.

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layweed 21st-Dec-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
knew they wouldn't just shut the fuck up. ugh.
celtic_thistle 21st-Dec-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
There was an armed guard at Columbine when the shooting happened, LaPierre, you worthless, soulless, selfish, unconscionable piece of shit. MORE ARMED GUARDS AND COPS WILL NOT HELP SHIT.

LaPierre also cited video games like Mortal Kombat and films like American Psycho as contributing factors. Oh, I see he still thinks it's 1999. Since he's saying the same shit they said after Columbine, I would imagine they didn't even bother updating much of the speech they trot out every time something horrific like this happens.
hotcement 21st-Dec-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
i love how dated his references are. it's like he didn't even try, he just recycled a speech from a decade ago. and yeah, VT also has an armed security team and they weren't able to do shit.
doverz 21st-Dec-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
They never should have opened their mouths.
pepsquad 21st-Dec-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
this
backupblood 21st-Dec-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
marsdeafaden 21st-Dec-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
So much derp. I had to turn my TV off.
aviv_b 21st-Dec-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Those children's deaths mean nothing to the NRA beyond a threat to their agenda. Vile, digusting, pieces of shit.
blondebeaker 21st-Dec-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
These douchefarts. They recycle an old speech so they can get back to their gun loving.
satellite__eyes 21st-Dec-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
So many things to rage over in his presser. I don't even know where to begin. What a bunch of delusional, self-serving ASSHOLES.

ETA: BRILLIANT.

Neal Brennan ‏@nealbrennan
Why not have a supervising child molester in every school to ward off other child molesters? "I got this." they'll say. #NRA

Edited at 2012-12-21 06:12 pm (UTC)
celtic_thistle 21st-Dec-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
DAMNNNNN.
dustbunny105 21st-Dec-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I first read Pols as Polish and was so confused. /coolstory
miss_almost 21st-Dec-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
same
jasonbeast 21st-Dec-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
"I can imagine the headlines, the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow," he said. "Your implication will be that guns are evil."

Guns aren't evil. You, however, are a vile son of a bitch.
hellaine 21st-Dec-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
""Our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters," he said, calling for the establishment of a "national database of the mentally ill."

1. Thanks for the monster remark, jerk.
2. Let the witch hunt begin!
satellite__eyes 21st-Dec-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Love how they don't trust the gov't but they want them to pull together a national database. MOR-ONS.
hellaine 21st-Dec-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
"They post signs advertising them, and in doing so they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."


So... what does this mean, he thinks that those schools were just 'askin' for it!'...??
baked_goldfish 21st-Dec-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Not only that, but the argument seems to be gun control won't stop a mass shooter but a lack of a sign would. Like a mass shooter - wearing body armor, as many of them have been lately - would be like, "Oh, there's nothing saying this is a gun-free zone, I guess I'll move on to the next target."
oystermato 21st-Dec-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Basically.
schexyschteve 21st-Dec-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,"

I HATE THIS LINE SO MUCH.

I'm SO sick of seeing the solution to our nation's gun violence problem in schools is loading up teachers with weapons or placing veterans in schools or having armed guards in schools. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
baked_goldfish 21st-Dec-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
"Our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters," he said, calling for the establishment of a "national database of the mentally ill."

That's funny, I saw one monster standing at a podium talking about how "gun free zone" signs cause gun violence, and fantasizing about killing bad guys with his weapon. Someone put that guy in a database or something.
fenris_lorsrai Guess what's on the Newtown events scehdules? an NRA course!21st-Dec-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
NRA Pistol course for tomorrow (Saturday the 22nd)

In context, just above the trauma recovery treatment services

Obviously posted WAY in advance, but cancelling it probably would have been a good idea. Comments on it are rather angry.

(event is IN Danbury, the neighboring town, but advertised as a Newtown event)


Edited at 2012-12-21 06:38 pm (UTC)
ljs_lj 21st-Dec-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I watched yesterday's Rachel Maddow a few hours ago and just knew the NRA would be like this.

In Oregon, where the recent mall shooting happened, people are crowing about how one guy carrying a concealed Glock supposedly stopped the shooter from shooting more people. In some interviews the guy, who was an off-duty security guard, pretty much claims that the shooter saw his gun and that's what stopped from from shooting anyone else.

My father sent out an email about it and came this close to calling him a hero. He basically said (and I am not exaggerating) that we should be careful of which reports we read, because there are a lot of "news sources" that are basically just Pravda. (And yes, he said "Pravda". Anytime he disagrees with news media, it's Pravda.)
ljs_lj 21st-Dec-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the Oregonian (the main newspaper in Oregon) reports that more than 10,000 concealed carry licenses have been issued in the state of Oregon since April of this year. There are only about 3.8 million people in Oregon, and some would have already had a license before April. More than 10,000 people.
tigerdreams 21st-Dec-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
"What if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School he had been confronted by armed security?"

Then the security guard would have shot at Lanza, aiming for the center of mass the way that police are trained to do for good reasons, and the bullet would've bounced off Lanza's body armor, and the security guard would've become victim number twenty-seven.
blondebeaker 21st-Dec-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
DING DING DING DING.

magli 21st-Dec-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
This might be the wine I had celebrating the start of my Christmas Vacation speaking, but why does anyone need guns? Why do we, as human beings, need to keep machines made only for the purpose of killing? I'm Norwegian and we had the Utøya Massacre last year, where one man shot and killed 67 people using guns he had legally obtained because he was a member of a gun club or something. Why do we need gun clubs?? Why? I know this is on a different level than the gun debate in America, but I live in a country that's supposed to have strict gun control and still some mad man killed 67 people WITH GUNS. If guns are obtainable in any way crazy people will get them, so why do we need them? If you need a hobby you can do origami or start speed walking or something.

I used to think "oh, those crazy Americans and their weird gun obsession", but then it happened in my country and I'm not so sure about the use of stricter gun laws anymore. I used to think it would help, but after Utøya I don't even know what to think. We have strict gun laws in Norway, I don't know anyone who owns or thinks about owning guns, and it still happened.

This is obvs just drunk rambling. I feel for everyone who lives in a nation affected by these types of shooting. I don't know what we can do to stop them.
schexyschteve 21st-Dec-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I can't stand guns. I honestly wish they didn't exist. I know that's naive and wishful thinking, but I wish no one had them. That said, I understand why people have small pistols (for self-defense) or rifles (for hunting). But why do people need anymore than that?
bushy_brow 21st-Dec-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
"Our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters," he said, calling for the establishment of a "national database of the mentally ill."

I'd like to nominate those suffering from the delusion that more guns will curb gun violence, 'cause they seriously need help.

Edit: wrong word.

Edited at 2012-12-21 06:54 pm (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 21st-Dec-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
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dearmisterecho 22nd-Dec-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
mte Jeffrey
kaisenji 21st-Dec-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Fuck you asshole. I don't have kids but if I did, I certainly do NOT want them or any child to have to pass through a line of armed idiots.
magenta_girl 21st-Dec-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I will homeschool my kids if they start putting armed guards in the school. And I don't really want to homeschool my kids.
angelofdeath275 21st-Dec-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ugh @ the excuses for this white shooter
trojanchick99 21st-Dec-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Absolutely ridiculous and unsurprising. Of course the gun manufacturers want MORE guns. The best part is they also want more government. Really?

I really think this is doing more harm than good. All my gun loving friends haven't said a word since this press conference happened.

Also, NRA, pissing off the media isn't a good plan.
mrmidwest so yeah, it's totes video games u guise!21st-Dec-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)


Edited at 2012-12-21 07:08 pm (UTC)
baked_goldfish Re: so yeah, it's totes video games u guise!21st-Dec-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Damn Netherlands, how many video games do you play? brb moving there
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