The #NRA is ready, willing, and uniquely qualified to help
— NRA (@NRA) December 21, 2012
Gun industry – aka The #NRA – declares war on civilization. bit.ly/WsV43H
— Bill Moyers (@BillMoyers) December 21, 2012
Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript. The most revolting, tone deaf statement I've ever seen.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 21, 2012
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at a press conference on the Newtown massacre, held Friday Dec. 21, 2012
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. . . As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it.
. . . You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?
Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?
Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America’s gun owners that you’re willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.
. . . Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now. We did it for the nation’s defense industries and military installations during World War II, and we’ll do it for our schools today.
The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.
Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead this effort as National Director of the National School Shield Program, with a budget provided by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as a U.S. Attorney, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and credentialed experts available anywhere, to get this program up and running from the first day forward.
If we truly cherish our kids more than our money or our celebrities, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible and the security that is only available with a properly trained — armed — good guy.
Under Asa’s leadership, our team of security experts will make this the best program in the world for protecting our children at school, and we will make that program available to every school in America free of charge.
@markos they thought the world was going to end.
— Calvin Garner (@calvingarner) December 21, 2012
LaPierre's rant was truly astonishing.At a moment that demanded reflection, he sprayed rhetorical shots around the room.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 21, 2012
No one seriously believed the N.R.A. when it said it would contribute something “meaningful” to the discussion about gun violence. The organization’s very existence is predicated on the nation being torn in half over guns. Still, we were stunned by Mr. LaPierre’s mendacious, delusional, almost deranged rant.
~ New York Times Editorial
Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.
~ Mayor Bloomberg of NYC
Did the NRA just help "seal" the message that we really need to talk about this more than we ever did before? Because if their meaningful contribution is that all of us have a target on our back and all of us need to carry a gun, then we have big problems.
~ MSNBC Thomas Roberts to Michael Steele
I don’t even know where to begin. As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA (even though I'm not a member of the NRA), I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that we are country talking about arming our teachers and principals in classrooms. What does that say about us? I do not believe that’s where the American people want to go. I do not believe that is the response that should be coming out of the tragedy in Newtown.
I just think that this was a missed opportunity to create another conversation at a higher level where the American people are right now. This incident cut to the bone. This is unlike anything that’s come before it because it did involve such precious young people and it really starkly called us to think about our society, those issues, not just gun control laws but mental health and a whole bunch of other things I think the NRA could have brought to the table, the idea that the message, the top line message out of this press conference is let’s put a gun in the hands of teachers in our classroom and I do not think that’s where rank-and-file NRA members expected this to go to.
~ Ex-RNC Chairman Michael Steele on MSNBC
Q: How many NRA spokesmen do you need to change a light bulb? A: More guns.— Dubi Kaufmann (@dubster2k) December 21, 2012
Oh cool, George Zimmerman is going to be protecting my kids in school.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 21, 2012
Good guys w/ guns vs bad guys w/ guns is, ironically, the moral cosmology of a small child.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 21, 2012
Useful reminder: The first person Adam Lanza murdered owned a bunch of guns.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 21, 2012
@chrislhayes I guess the NRA's response to that is that she didn't own "enough" guns. #ohthatsit #ugh
— Maximillian Hencke (@maxhencke) December 21, 2012
Their solution to resolve the issue around guns is to put more guns in the equation? If anything it would be less safe for kids. You would be putting them in the midst of potentially more gunfire.
~ Hank Grishman, Superintendent of Jericho, NY, schools
This is not an Old West shootout. We're talking about an elementary school.
~ Helen Gym, Philadelphia Community Activist
. . . the National Rifle Association today broke its silence with an extraordinary press event in which Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre blamed everybody and everything but the gun culture it has fostered for the deaths of 20 children and seven adults last week at the hands of Adam Lanza.
. . . Twice during his speech, LaPierre was interrupted by protesters from CODE PINK, each of whom stood at the front of the room, before the velvet-draped barrier, some four feet high, that appeared designed to protect the NRA speakers from the press. The podium was set back some 10 or 15 feet from the barrier, evoking the sense of paranoia that drives America's gun culture.
The first sign, held up by a male protester, was a pink banner that read: "NRA KILLING OUR KIDS." After unfurling it, he was escorted out of the room by security. About 10 minutes later, CODE PINK founder Medea Benjamin stepped with her own banner, which I could not read from my vantage point. Receiving the same treatment as the previous protester, Benjamin shouted: "Ban assault weapons now!"
Instead of cops and more guns at schools, how about less guns?
— DC Debbie (@DCdebbie) December 21, 2012
The #NRA would've been better served with Clint Eastwood talking to a gun
— LZ Granderson (@Locs_n_Laughs) December 21, 2012
Everyone was to blame. The media and their corporate owners. The political class in Washington. Video games. Violent movies. The mentally ill. But at no point did he point his finger back at the NRA, the one institution that has made it difficult, if not impossible, to bring about common-sense firearms legislation in the country.
~ Jonathan Capehart on Washington Post
Speaker Boehner should be thanking Wayne LaPierre. At least Speaker Boehner sounded rational today.
— Catholic Democrats (@CatholicDems) December 21, 2012
Maybe what the Mayans meant was that we have to listen John Boehner lie about deficit and watch LaPierre foam at the mouth.
— Andrew Rosenthal (@andyrNYT) December 21, 2012
I didnt expect NRA to change stripes, core policies. But that stunned me. Didn't expect a screed. Left me wanting to throw up.Upset.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 21, 2012
. . . Columbine High School had a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school who engaged the shooters almost immediately in 1999 and wasn’t able to stop the massacre. At Virginia Tech, there was an entire armed police force on campus that was unable to stop the worst school shooting in US history.
As we chronicled last week, there were sixteen mass shootings in the US this year alone—they occurred at shopping malls, spas, movie theatres, and coffee shops. Does LaPierre want armed guards there, and everywhere?
~ George Zornick on The Nation
If you need 1 more reason to press for #GunReform #GunControlNOW the #nra just gave the gift on silver platter. Happy holidays. #ENDTHENRA
— TheRiverWanders (@TheRiverWanders) December 21, 2012
This is your moment, America: The #NRA has 4 million members, your population is 311 million. Don't stand for this murderous crap any more.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 21, 2012
You want to fill schools with guns now? #NRA you disgust me.#Newtown
— Kristin Dougall (@drmsccrgrl01) December 21, 2012
Other countries are laughing at us right now. I can almost hear the collective gasps when they're told this isn't a prank show #NRA
— Terri Hodges (@vmperella) December 21, 2012
Going to war to prevent war is the most stupidest thing I've ever heard #KingBlues #NRA
— Natasha West (@blinkandurdead) December 21, 2012