Daily Archives: December 26, 2012

Democrats Slam NRA’s Response To School Shooting

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By Brian Naylor
Credit Evan Vucci / AP
Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, speaks in response to the Connecticut school shootings, at a news conference in Washington on Friday.

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 10:16 am

The nation’s largest gun owners group had said little in the immediate aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, broke that silence Friday with a call to place armed guards at all of the nation’s schools.

The idea was met with immediate criticism from Democrats in Congress.

At a Washington event billed as a news conference — although reporters were denied the opportunity to ask questions — LaPierre expressed the group’s horror, outrage and grief at the shootings. Then he said the only way to stop “a monster from killing our kids” was with what he called a plan of absolute protection.

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‘If It’s Crazy To Call For…Armed Security In Schools, Then Call Me Crazy’

NRA Stands By Call To Have Armed Guards In Every School; Lawmakers Pounce On Comments

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‘If It’s Crazy To Call For…Armed Security In Schools, Then Call Me Crazy’

December 23, 2012 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – The issue of gun control was again a hot topic on the Sunday morning news programs, more than a week after one of the worst mass school shootings in U.S. history.

The head of the National Rifle Association spoke just days after the powerful lobby group called for armed guards at every school in America.

The remarks were criticized by many lawmakers, who said more guns was not the solution to school shootings. On Saturday, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called LaPierre’s comments ‘stupid’ and asinine.’

But speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre didn’t back down from his call for more guns.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.”

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In response to the NRA’s call for armed guards, retiring Conn. independent Sen. Joe Lieberman urged Congress to act on meaningful gun control legislation.

“The strength of the NRA is that more than half of the adults in America have guns, own guns and have them in their homes. We have to convince them that none of the proposals will take their guns away. The proposals will make it harder, hopefully impossible, for people to buy assault weapons,” Lieberman told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

LaPierre argued that any new efforts by Congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent mass shootings. ….(more).

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NRA chief: If putting armed police in schools is crazy, ‘then call me crazy’ – NBC Politics

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http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/23/16101856-nra-chief-if-putting-armed-police-in-schools-is-crazy-then-call-me-crazy

After a controversial press conference last week, NRA head Wayne LaPierre made an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” saying the American people would be “crazy” to not put armed guards in schools. Meanwhile, Newtown, Conn., continues coping with the death of 26 people during the tragic shooting. NBC’s Ron Mott report.

By Tom Curry, NBC News national affairs writer

Updated 10:50 a.m. ET: On NBC’s Meet the Press, National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre on Sunday refused to support new gun control legislation and maintained his support for putting armed guards and police in schools in response to the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre told NBC’s David Gregory. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe and the NRA is going try to do that.” ….(more).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/vp/50288483#50288483

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NRA’s Plan For Guns In Schools Meets Strong Opposition

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/23/167903996/nras-plan-for-guns-in-schools-meets-strong-opposition
December 23, 2012 8:00 AM

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The NRA’s proposal on Friday advocating armed guards in schools in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary was met with strong sentiments from all sides of the gun control debate. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin turns to Bill Bond for his reaction. Bond was principal of Heath High School in Paducah, Ky., where three students lost their lives in 1997. Bond is now a school safety specialist with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.    …(more).

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The Untold Story of Guns – On The Media

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/dec/21/untold-story-guns/

Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Black Panthers at the California State Capitol (AP/Walt Zeboski)

We’ve become accustomed in the past 20 years to seeing the issue of guns in America broken down into two camps: gun control advocates — led by police chiefs and Sarah Brady — and the all-powerful National Rifle Association. Bob talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America, who says there was a time, relatively recently, in fact, when the NRA Supported gun control legislation, and the staunchest defenders of so-called “gun rights” were on the radical left.

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