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NRA opposes any new gun restrictions



Published: Mon, December 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

An unwavering National Rifle Association said Sunday that new gun regulations would not make children safer and that a White House task force on gun violence may try to undermine the Second Amendment.

The organization blasted “a media machine” that it said relishes blaming the gun industry for each new attack like the one that occurred just over a week ago at a Connecticut elementary school.

“Look, a gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal,” said Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the nation’s largest gun-rights lobby, in a television interview.

LaPierre hardly backed down from his comments Friday, when the NRA broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

LaPierre’s assertion that guns and police officers in all schools are what will stop the next killer drew widespread scorn, and even some NRA supporters in Congress are publicly disagreeing with the proposal. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called it “the most revolting, tone-deaf statement I’ve ever seen.” A headline from The New York Post summarized LaPierre’s initial presentation before reporters with the headline: “Gun Nut! NRA loon in bizarre rant over Newtown.”

LaPierre told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that only those armed guards and police would make kids safe.

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

He asked Congress for money to put a police officer in every school. He also said the NRA would coordinate a national effort to put former military and police officers in schools as volunteer guards.

The NRA leader dismissed efforts to revive the assault weapons ban as a “phony piece of legislation” that’s built on lies. He made clear it was highly unlikely that the NRA could support any new gun regulations.

“You want one more law on top of 20,000 laws, when most of the federal gun laws we don’t even enforce?” he said.

LaPierre said another focus in preventing shootings is to lock up violent criminals and get the mentally ill the treatment they need.

“The average guy in the country values his freedom, doesn’t believe the fact he can own a gun is part of the problem, and doesn’t like the media and all these high-profile politicians blaming him,” he said.

Some lawmakers were incredulous, yet acknowledged that the political and fundraising might of the NRA would make President Barack Obama’s push for gun restrictions a struggle.

“I have found the statements by the NRA over the last couple of days to be really disheartening, because the statements seem to not reflect any understanding about the slaughter of children” in Newtown, said Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent.

He said the NRA is right in some of the points it makes about the causes of gun violence in America.

“But it’s obviously also true that the easy availability of guns, including military-style assault weapons, is a contributing factor, and you can’t keep that off the table. I had hoped they’d come to the table and say, everything is on the table,” Lieberman said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said LaPierre was “so extreme and so tone-deaf” that he was making it easier to pass gun legislation.

“Look, he blames everything but guns: movies, the media, President Obama, gun-free school zones, you name it. And the video games, he blames them,” Schumer said.

But Lieberman didn’t seem to be buying it. He said the NRA’s stand on new gun rules means passing legislation next year won’t happen easily.

“It’s going to be a battle. But the president, I think, and vice president, are really ready to lead the fight,” he said.

Obama has said he wants proposals on reducing gun violence that he can take to Congress in January, and after the Dec. 14 shootings, he called on the NRA to join the effort. The president has asked Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.


Comments

1dmacker(287 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

“Look, he blames everything but guns: movies, the media, President Obama, gun-free school zones, you name it. And the video games, he blames them,” Schumer said, of the NRA Director.
However, guns have been around since we began as a nation.
Why suddenly are they to blame for all the evil in the country as those anti gun fanatics would have you believe. They latch on to every opportunity to spew their on going cry for gun control.
I'm not an NRA nut but I believe there has to be more than guns that has caused all these crazies to go on crime sprees. My heart goes out to the victims but I believe we owe them more than the customary "blame it on the guns".
The gun ban didn't stop Columbine and it didn't reduce crime.
Since it did little last time why try it again and expect different results? I believe there is a saying for that.

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2redeye1(4564 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The only problem this country has too solve is the liberal bleeding heart judges who won't give out the proper sentences to people who commit crimes. They should set the example that if you do the the crime you will do the time.The liberals are against the death penalty, but they will take away the rights of the lawbiding citizens to try to make things better. And it hasn't worked yet. I for one will not give up my guns without a fight.

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3AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


Columbine had ARMED GUARDS..

That didn't seem to help either.

The NRA seems to use Columbine happened during a Assault Weapons Ban, but they fail to point out that they had armed Guards at the school.

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