NRA Calls For Militarization Of Public Schools To Stop Violence

Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA, this morning gave the organization's response to days of intense criticism the pro-gun lobby has gotten since the Newtown shooting. LaPierre rejected any suggestion that gun control was a remedy for the nation's violence, and instead condemned the permissive attitude the USA has towards what LaPierre called the "pornography" of violent media available to America's children. LaPierre thus continued and amped up the conservative attack against the First Amendment, a tactic pro-gunners hope will  prevent Congress from weakening the Second Amendment.
Denouncing Congress, America’s entertainment industry, and the threat of “genuine monsters” among us, Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA (National Rifle Association), today rejected gun control, and called upon Congress to fund the militarization of the nation’s school’s, putting armed guards in every school in America. If instituted, such a program would involve placing tens of thousands of armed security personnel into schools which are firing teachers and other personnel every day because of budget constraints.

LaPierre acknowledged the budget problems were real, but he said the need to protect children overrode budgetary concerns, and he called on Congress “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school.”

LaPierre spent a good portion of his remarks, intended as a reponse to the intense criticism the NRA has absorbed in the week since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, talking about the cultural failings of the US.

The NRA president said that in addition to the threat the nation faced from the unknown monsters, the USA was also being hurt by “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.”

The “shadow industry” LaPierre was referring to is the multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry in the USA, the Hollywood makers of movies, such as “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers”, and the computer game industry, makers of games such as “Grand Theft Auto”. Lapierre said these movies and games as well as music videos “portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life.” He accused the entertainment industry of exposing American children to “16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.”

At one point in LaPierre's statement, an agent of Code Pink stood up, and held up a poster that said "NRA Killing Our Kids." LaPierre stopped speaking for a few moments, as a security guard tore down the poster and hustled the man away. The man continued shouting loud denunciations of the NRA as he was taken away from the room.
LaPierre did not say whether he thought exposure to real guns, and the culture surrounding them, might be more of a problem for growing children than fictional representations.

The NRA head rejected any suggestion that his pro-gun-rights lobby group bore any responsibility for the increase of mass-shooting violence that is afflicting the nation, and he said Congress had neither the “business”, nor the “authority”, to deny citizens “the right, the ability, or the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.”

At one point in LaPierre’s comments, a man stood up with a large pink-colored poster that said “NRA Killing Our Kids”. As the man was escorted out of the room, his voice could be heard for about a minute making statements about how the NRA was ultimately responsible for the deaths of Americans from gun violence. The man’s poster said he was working with Code Pink.