1. Why Does The NRA Lie About Its Role In Preventing Legislation For Background Checks?
2. An Outline Of Modern Right Wing Terrorism (Denied By Fox News & The GOP) By David Neiwert (Correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center)
3. The Constitutional Argument To Ban AR-15 Type Weapons AND Clearly GOP & NRA Policy Positions & Actions Proves That Their INTENT Is Evil
America is a country with alot of guns. Some say simply having guns means more people have to die (I have explained this faulty - unscientific - logic in more detail HERE). Here is an example of of a country where everyone is armed as everyone has compulsory service in the army (something which no longer exists here and may be bad for us not to have)... And there are almost no shootings whatsoever because of rules and regulations (something the NRA vehemently opposes).
Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show
Michael Kosta heads to Switzerland to find out how the country can have so many guns without having a mass shooting crisis like the United States.
Switzerland is an example of a high gun density country (not as high as America, but high enough to give us an ability to see what CAN work in a country with high privately owned guns);
He adds,"Every man who goes to the army, they get training, and a rifle in case of invasion". (Last time Switzerland was invaded was in 1798 and has managed to stay neutral ever since with an armed population as their backup strategy).
The Swiss have common sense gun laws such as paperwork needing to be filled if you buy a gun even if you get the gun from a family member (in the same way you would get your name on car insurance if learning or your name on the paperwork of your own car if your parents are gifting you a car) so people can show they are law abiding (and thus constitutional) citizens before the can get a gun. In America even a 13 year old can buy a gun without a background check!
The Swiss have a well-regulated militia and that's what makes it a safe high density gun nation, i.e. Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed...
Switzerland’s Responsible Gun Nuts Pt. 2 | The Daily Show
Michael Kosta heads to the world’s largest annual shooting festival to find out how Switzerland can love guns so much yet have such a low rate of gun-related crimes.
Summary: Simply having alot of rules - oversight - helps keep the murder/death rate down (a basic feature of Constitutional Capitalism, AKA Democratic Socialism);
Simply having guns, as some "scientists" believe, is considered to be the main indicator of gun related deaths in a country ...
EXCLUSIVE - JORDAN KLEPPER - DO GUNS EQUAL SAFETY? 16/19/2017 Gun sherpa Pat McNamara discusses the responsibility that goes along with owning a firearm.
Notes: The basic idea in the media is that more guns equals less safety - using no science whatsoever as correlation doesn't indicate cause and effect... especially if you can just find ONE example to contradict that idea, such as Switzerland above (as I've argued before) -
Getting trained, and having sensible laws to make keeping a gun safely a normal Citizen habit, is a basic necessity;
The right argues that they need their weapons to fight off a government takeover and liken the guns to the muskets of old. But that age is gone. The muskets of old are actually the Apache helicopter and the fighter jet so there is no scenario in which the people can take on the military in a physical fight. (as I've argued before). As Colbert explains;
THE WORD - UNITED WE STANDOFF 1/17/2013 If the Second Amendment is truly meant to defend against government force, then citizens will never be safe until they can have their own aircraft carriers.
Simple reality of the matter is that the word "regulated" is LITERALLY used in the second amendment making all sorts of rules and regulations concerning guns to be a Constitutional/normal activity, i.e In images...
Related post: Why The Analogy For Assault Rifles Needs To Change As The Musket Of The Founding Fathers Is Really The Jet Fighter & Apache Helicopter of Today!
All of this has somehow has gotten lost (War on the people by the NRA for money... going back to gun manufacturers?).
How the NRA hijacks gun control debates
Why is the NRA -- a group that represents the interests of gun manufacturers -- taken seriously in debates about reducing gun violence?
Notes: The NRA actively opposes background checks - and other common sense gun laws - and instead says there are laws on the books not enforced;
Dana Loesh is one of their open spokesperson opposed to any sort of background check helping terrorists of all kinds (though it sthe right wing terrorist that's the most common... and they help these right wing terrorists with their NRATV channel!)
In other words, rules and regulations that allow the Swiss to keep a fully armed country with no murder rates to speak of are not important! He just wants an old wild west style shoot out...
NRA gets millions of dollars to push their reckless - destabilizing - agenda that is anti science and anti fact;
BBC - Money spent by NRA in lobbying (i.e. bribing) politicians;
The AR15 is the most popularized of the semi-automatic rifles and thus shows up in shootings alot. If its banned other semi-automatics will show up in shootings. banning all semi-automatic rifles and severely limiting magazine capacity of semi-automatic handguns seem to be the reasonable solution. Revolvers should be the ones common handgun and not a glock (it fulfills the requirement of a Citizen being able to defend themselves and hunt while fulfilling the Constitutional requirement of taking care of the General Welfare of the people).
Maker of assault weapon used in Florida school shooting has donated over $1,000,000 to the NRA Smith & Wesson also sponsors NRATV’s NRA Women
The assault weapon used during the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, was a Smith & Wesson M&P15 .223, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Smith & Wesson is a major donor to the National Rifle Association, which has lobbied against efforts to ban the M&P15 and other assault weapons.
The NRA profiled Smith & Wesson’s CEO James Debney on its website, writing that “he and the company he leads have not only joined the ranks of the National Rifle Association’s premier donor recognition program, the NRA Ring of Freedom, but have ascended to its upper echelon, the Golden Ring of Freedom, with gifts well in excess of $1 million.” The profile praises Debney’s business acumen, including noting that Debney attributed an increase in net sales during the first quarter of 2013 “to strong sales of the M&P product line.”
Here’s who manufactures AR-15s and how much money they bring in (right click link and choose open in a new window/tab to view video)
Stephanie Ruhle breaks down the business of guns: Naming the companies who manufacture the AR-15 and how much money is made off the assault weapons each year.
The NRA goes to extremes to fool their base, making them impossible to believe (for the educated) thus the educated (who all seem to fall into the category "liberal"!) are demonized as per GOP/Fox strategy going back decades (that's why GOP supports dumping down the population, i.e. to make thier crazy dumb rhetoric work);
8 ridiculous NRA defenses of the AR-15
In the wake of yet another massacre carried out with an AR-15 assault weapon, here are eight ridiculous defenses of the murder machine from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a major recipient of donations from assault weapons makers:
1. Banning assault weapons is like racial discrimination
Discussing Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) bill to ban assault weapons following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, past NRA president and current NRA board member Marion Hammer said, “Banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago. But here they are again: the color of a gun, the way it looks. It's just bad politics.”
2. The NRA put on demonstrations of the AR-15 that downplayed the weapon’s capabilities by highlighting how it makes smaller bullet holes than some other guns
In 2013, the NRA held two AR-15 demonstrations at the shooting range it has at its national headquarters, onefor Fox News show Hannity and the other for its own media outlet, then called NRA News. Each demonstration dishonestly highlighted the small bullet hole the weapon makes compared to some other guns in order to to downplay the weapon’s lethality. In fact, the AR-15 inflicts grievous harm on human bodies, even in comparison to other commonly owned firearms.
3. The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was carried out with handguns (it was carried out with an AR-15)
Months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, NRA board member Ted Nugent cited a conspiracy theory surrounding the tragedy to claim that “no so-called assault weapon was used in the grisly murders of the children and teachers in Newton,” but that instead “NBC has reported the butcher used four handguns.” The day after the shooting NBC had reported that only handguns were recovered at the site, but corrected its reporting the same day. The weapon used in the attack was an AR-15 manufactured by NRA donor Bushmaster.
4. Blaming AR-15 manufacturer Bushmaster for Sandy Hook is like “blaming Kleenex for the flu"
Then-NRA News commentator Natalie Foster made the claim in a 2014 video released by the NRA:
5. If the Founding Fathers had foreseen the invention of the AR-15, they would have “fortified” the Second Amendment “in stone”
Days after a gunman used an AR-15 to massacre churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, TX, (and weeks after a gunman used assault weapons to carry out a massacre in Las Vegas), the NRA released a video that encouraged people to buy more AR-15 weapons. NRATV commentator Dom Raso said in the video, “I guarantee if the Founding Fathers had known this gun would have been invented, they wouldn't have rewritten the Second Amendment -- they would've fortified it in stone. Because they knew the only way for us to stay free was by having whatever guns the bad guys have.”
6. The AR-15 is “easy to learn, and easy to use. It’s accurate, it’s reliable” and more people should buy it as protection from terrorists
The NRA released another video days after the Pulse nightclub shooting also narrated by Raso. The video made a number of arguments praising the abilities of the AR-15: “It’s easy to learn, and easy to use. It’s accurate, it’s reliable." All these characteristics also inadvertently explained how the Pulse gunman was able to kill and wound so many people in a short period of time:
7. The AR-15 as a good defense against the government
On June 15, 2017, one day after Rep. Steve. Scalise (R-LA) was shot and others were wounded in a mass shooting, then-NRATV commentator Bill Whittle said, “I personally think it is a mistake for people to say [the AR-15] is used for hunting, or it's used for target shooting. I have my AR-15 to kill people.” Whittle added, “I am not worried about a deer breaking into my house at 4 o’clock in the morning and coming through the window and maybe murdering me or raping my wife, or anything. I am not worried so much about a coalition of deer marching people into extermination camps.”
He also added, “My weapons are here to defend me against my government.”
(Whittle left NRATV in September 2017. He was recently uninvited to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for an Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate after his history of making racist comments was raised.)
8. Regulating the AR-15 “is a war on women”
During a discussion of assault weapons days after the Pulse massacre, Dana Loesch appeared on Fox News to claim proposals to regulate the AR-15 were “about disarming women” and were a “war on women.” Earlier that day the NRA had announced Loesch had been hired to be the group’s “Special Adviser on Women’s Policy.” She is now the NRA’s national spokesperson.
As a result of NRA bullshit, the GOP seeks to regulate porn rather than guns (as part of thier campaign to implement Christian Shariah law?)...
Gun Control vs. Porn Control: Florida Takes On the Wrong Kind of Mass Shooting: The Daily Show
As survivors of the Parkland school shooting head to the Florida statehouse to rally for gun control, lawmakers instead prioritize legislation on porn instead
GOP can't even talk about guns as a real thing, despite all the evidence (like they do with economics or with climate science, Iraq War lies, etc.)...
Watch: Father who lost child in mass shooting calls out Sen. Marco Rubio for his weak comments on guns during CNN Townhall Fred Guttenberg: "Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids"
Media, as usual, helps;
Media Matters: Gun dysfunction is a Republican problem, not a “Washington” problem NBC News helps obfuscate the GOP’s culpability in mass shootings
Opposition to strengthening gun laws emanates from the GOP, which has collectively made the political calculation that shot-up schools and ever-increasing body counts are an acceptable alternative to angering the gun lobby and pro-gun activists within its own base. This is not an exotic political argument: it’s a plain, uncontroversial truth that anyone who’s paid a moment’s attention to the politics of gun regulation can attest to.
And yet, in this morning’s First Read newsletter by NBC News, blame for the sclerotic toxicity of this situation was laid at the feet of “Washington,” which, the authors argue, is “fundamentally broken.” Here’s how the authors described the state of gun politics:
And what has Washington done to respond to this mass violence? Absolutely nothing. America’s political system has been incapable of coming up with ANY federal public policy to address mass shootings. In 2013, after the Newtown shooting, the U.S. Senate blocked a measure to require background checks for gun purchases. In 2017, after Las Vegas, Congress talked about banning bump stocks – accessories that makes rifles fire more rapidly – but ultimately did nothing.
As I noted on Twitter, this paragraph (and the rest of the piece) goes well out of its way to avoid placing blame for the dysfunction where it belongs: on the GOP. By framing the issue as one of “Washington” gridlock, NBC News is actually doing the real culprits a favor by obscuring the ghastly political game the GOP plays to maintain its grip on power while allowing more and more Americans to be cut down by bullets fired from legally obtained military-style weaponry. Calling this a “Washington” problem is horrendously misleading and needlessly seeks to remove partisanship from what is an absolutely partisan issue.
That gets us back to the original, uncontroversial point: Republicans are the problem when it comes to legislation addressing mass shootings. There is no reason to avoid stating it plainly.
Right winger shoots up Las Vegas example;
LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HOTEL SECURITY (BUT NOT GUNS) 10/2/2017 After the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, cable news pundits ask more about the shooter's ability to get weapons into a Las Vegas hotel room than about gun control.
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN - UNCENSORED 16/19/2017 Using statistics, Jordan Klepper shoots down a popular myth about gun violence.
The simple solution is that everyone needs to be enrolled in the army... or we need to take some serious steps to limiting access to guns (its basic science... but the right denies science... most likely just for money, as usual, betraying the people for $$$);
Moment Of Zen: Fox News pushing lack of gun control for a right wing shooter (lack of regulation on bum stocks is considered to be one of the many reasons the right wing Las Vegas shooter was able to shoot so many rounds) ...
FOX NEWS HAS A HARD TIME PROCESSING THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING 10/3/2017 While most Fox News anchors struggle to push a narrative after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Sean Hannity takes a preemptive stance against gun control.
Debunking a few of the NRA's talking points;
The one constitutional thing to do - as the Swiss do - the NRA's TV outlet opposes, like Fox News...
As news broke about Florida school shooting, the NRA once again told everyone it's not time to talk about guns
Some of the dumbest argument come of the the right wing everyday... the NRATV sure as hell brings in its share of madness;
Media Matters: NRATV host lectures Mark Hamill on his support for gun safety laws: “What if the Galactic Republic outlawed lightsabers and ray guns?”
GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): The actor who played Luke Skywalker on and off for thirty years told the Herald Sun this about the need for more gun control: “I mean it’s crazy, America has a lot of crazy people and the gun laws are just totally wrong and disproportionate for what we need.” At first, the way I read this I thought hey, I agree, our gun laws are too extreme. But that isn’t where Mark Hamill is going, he’s insisting they are wrong and disproportionate because they are too lax and not strict enough. Once again we get a Hollywood millionaire, protected on set by armed body guards 24/7, and he thinks our gun laws are too strict. He’s also a hypocrite. Star Wars was and is a violent movie. All of them are. Shoot 'em up thrillers at their best. What if the Galactic Republic outlawed lightsabers and ray guns? No more armed spaceships. Darth Vader’s evil empire would have run ramshod over Skywalker. Han Solo would have died who knows how many movies ago. In fact, the lightsabers and laser guns are what gave the good guys in every Star Wars movie a fighting chance. Does someone really need to remind Luke Skywalker of that? Give me a break, Mark Hamill. Go back to Hollywood, drink a latte, and call security to watch your back. You clearly aren't capable of doing it on your own. Sadly what you fail to realize is that there are real Stormtroopers out there and I refuse to face them unarmed.
On NRATV, Fabio promotes gun ownership in California because “there’s going to be a lot of raping going on”
So freedom means dead kids when rules and regulations work in other well armed countries? Why? (Answer: Just normal GOP/Fox/Right-wing terrorism inspired by their decades long rhetoric)
Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom? These are troubling days in the United States.
When the news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people—mostly young students—had lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, one could be forgiven for being numb. Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history, six have come after 2012. Of those six, three have occurred in the last 5 months, including the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives, the deadliest in US history.
While these events attract the headlines and outrage, the vast majority of gun deaths in the United States are not as a result of mass shootings. Over the past five years, there have been, on average, 12,500 firearm-related homicides per year. This number does not include accidental deaths or suicides.
Let’s put that number into perspective. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 took 3,000 lives. At an average of 12,500 deaths a year, 200,000 people in the United States have been murdered with the use of a firearm since those attacks 16 years ago. That’s equal to 67 September 11 attacks. That’s equal to filling New York’s Madison Square Garden to capacity, killing everyone inside, and then repeating that process 9 more times. That’s equal to killing every single person in Salt Lake City.
The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?”Read full piece.
Fox News pushes right wing propaganda, that's their job (Note: The headline should be "Right-wing media figures are blaming everything but UNREGULATED guns for Parkland shooting")...
Media Matters:Right-wing media figures are blaming everything but guns for the Parkland shooting
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce claimed that talking about firearms doesn’t get to the “core issue” of “the human condition.” She and the hosts of Fox & Friends also blamed drugs, virtual reality, and video games for the shooting.
Radio host Michael Savage tweeted that “liberal judges and the ACLU” were to blame.
Fox guest Lou Palumbo blamed “the media, the entertainment industry,” and “the lack of parenting.”
Fox News contributor Kevin Jackson blamed “leftist run schools” and falsely claimed that the shooter was linked to antifa.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham blamed “mental illness”and “broken or damaged families” for the shooting on her show.
The Gateway Pundit suggested that the shooter supposedly being a registered Democrat was a factor. (He was not actually a registered Democrat; the blog was forced to correct their story.)
Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter blamed the FBI’s Russia probe for the shooting, tweeting, “The FBI was too busy trying to undermine the president to bother with doing it's freaking job.”
The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson suggested that the shooting was related to Cruz growing up without a father.
Liberty One TV’s Joe Biggs (formerly of Infowars) tweeted that the FBI was “too busy chasing Trump/Russia nothing burgers” to have prevented the shooting.
Pamela Geller falsely claimed that Cruz was connected to antifa and Islamic terrorist groups.
Laura Loomer shared a fake photo of Cruz and speculated that Cruz was a “radical leftist” with potential ties to antifa and Islamic resistance groups.
Infowars claimed that the “MSM” (mainstream media) was “already covering it up” that Cruz was likely a “Democratic voter” and had clothing “similar to the style worn by ISIS fighters in Syria.”
Right wing always kiss their leaders asses (lack freedom of thought and thier leaders put greed above all else);
Media Matters: After Florida school massacre, right-wing media call for more guns in schools (the school had armed security)
In the wake of a Florida school shooting that left at least 17 dead, right-wing media figures immediately blamed “gun-free zones” and argued that future shootings would be prevented if there were armed guards at schools, ignoring that the school did have “an armed police officer” on campus “in addition to security.”
Demonizing Democrats, another GOP tradition... and always a bald faced lie as is expected from the new Republican party since Nixon (read more about right wing terrorism the GOP like to deny HERE);
GOP lawmaker: "So many" mass shooters "end up being Democrats" https://t.co/vjAwtqiSud pic.twitter.com/h1LYLahRgp— The Hill (@thehill) February 22, 2018
A couple of examples of the NRA lying (again) showing its treasonous intent;
NRATV misrepresents what happened during Poway synagogue shooting to push pro-gun propaganda
The National Rifle Association’s media arm, NRATV, broadcast a false retelling of the April 27 California synagogue shooting in order to credit an armed worshipper with “almost instantly” stopping the incident. In fact, the gunman was confronted and chased out of the synagogue by an unarmed worshipper.
NRA and conservative media run with inaccurate report to try to make pro-gun point about the New Zealand mosque shootings
National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch and several members of conservative media used an early news report -- that now appears to be erroneous -- to repeat a favorite NRA talking point, claiming that the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand were stopped by a “good guy” with a gun. While the NRA and Loesch have previously said that people shouldn’t debate gun policy in the immediate aftermath of high-profile shooting incidents, they set that rule aside in this instance to advance their pro-gun agenda.
Media Matters:NRA’s news outlet says it's “fake news” to say there are over 30,000 U.S. gun deaths each year because the figure includes gun suicides NRATV’s Grant Stinchfield: “It is a number thrown around like confetti”
Stinchfield’s claim that “gun suicides” don’t count in gun death totals ignores a vast body of research proving that firearm availability has a direct impact on successful suicide attempts.
According to Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a review of 90 long-term studies found that “even when narrowing the field to studies of serious attempters,” the vast majority of people who survived a first suicide attempt “did not go on to die by suicide.” Yet those who attempt suicide by firearm rarely get the chance to continue their lives, as they are successful in their attempts 82.5 percent of the time.
NRA fundraisers with incredible hypocrisy that clearly showcases their evil intent;
Media Matters: NRA fundraises off of its ridiculous claim that “the mainstream media love mass shootings”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is trying to raise money off of its idiotic claim that “the mainstream media love mass shootings.”
Since the deadly February 14 shooting in Parkland, FL, the NRA and its affiliated personalities have repeatedlylied about guns; pushed the conspiracy theory that the school shooting survivors are so-called crisis actors (they obviously are not); and argued that more teachers should be armed in schools -- an idea that lacks any backing evidence but would surely serve to increase the profits of gun manufacturers who support the organization.
The organization is also attempting to divert attention from its own role in the country's culture of gun violence by attacking the “mainstream media” for its purported “love” of mass shootings.
The NRA’s media arm, NRATV, sent a February 23 email with the subject “Help Us Fight The Dangerous Media” and featuring the statement from NRA commentator Colion Noir that the media loves mass shootings. That claim is also part of a recent NRA ad, in which Noir says that “mass shootings have become [the media’s] Game of Thrones, their House of Cards, their Seinfeld, and their Friends, all wrapped into one.” The quote is superimposed over a composition of television screenshots and includes a “Donate Now” button:
Here is an example of the NRA blaming others for their unregulated militia bullshit (many of the shooters wouldn't even have access to guns if it weren't for the NRA's treasonous lies, one that is taken care of, I would agree with the "no gun free zone" argument, as I've explained before, for example; the Swiss carry guns everywhere but they have tons of rules as shown above)
NRATV host: Sen. Dianne Feinstein empowers mass shooters
GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], it’s your gun laws that empower, empower the shooters, turning the law abiding into defenseless sheep. It’s your gun laws that aid the madman responsible for shooting up a country bar, killing so many. Yes, he may be a lunatic, but that doesn’t mean he can’t read. Just Google it, the quote is California bars are gun free. Once again, a killer finds a gun-free zone to reign hell upon us all. Dianne Feinstein has an end game: unarm the citizenry and shoot the blame across the political aisle whenever there is carnage. Again, California has the toughest gun laws in the country, and those laws serve as a shield not for the innocent, but for the murderers. The shooting in California should prove what we already know and talk about daily on this program: gun laws do not work.
NRATV: Heroic Waffle House customer James Shaw Jr. could have stopped attack “permanently” if he had a gun
It makes sense not to have gun free zones when guns are everywhere but this whole situation was created by the GOP/NRA, i.e. a non-well regulated militia, so the argument as no merit coming from their mouths. A well trained and regulated citizen should be able to carry a gun though.
NRATV's Grant Stinchfield on the Thousand Oaks mass shooting: Californians are "sheep" because guns are prohibited in bars Stinchfield: "I’m not going to carry a firearm if I think I am going to be inebriated but that’s not to say I can’t go sit in a bar, have a beer and watch a football game, and be OK to have my firearm"
Trump follows Fox, so its no surprise he follows the NRA as well (he probably thinks he can defy the Title Of Nobility clause of the Constitution etc. and the right wing will back him up as long as he backs them up... which certainly seems to be working out for him);
Trump is echoing talking points from the NRA on arming teachers. Here's Wayne LaPierre's speech at CPAC today and Trump's words, side by side. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/H2Vh1325ms— Hardball (@hardball) February 23, 2018
Media Matters: President Donald Trump runs with conservative media’s horrible idea of arming teachers Even the NRA used to have a “zero tolerance” position against arming teachers
Trump’s outrageous proposal has its roots in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After that attack, conservative media figures increasingly began pushing the idea of arming teachers, and the proposal was also backed in a post-Sandy Hook report issued by the NRA. The push to arm teachers has come full circle, with conservative media now celebrating the president’s adoption of their idea.
There is no evidence that arming teachers will stop school shootings. Even the NRA used to acknowledge this fact. After the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a speech at the gun group’s annual meeting where he said, “We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America's schools, period ... with the rare exception of law enforcement officers or trained security personnel.”
Even armed individuals with extensive firearms training have failed to stop school shootings. In the case of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, an armed deputy present at the school took a defensive position outside the building where the shooting was taking place and never went inside to confront the gunman, contrary to department policies. At Columbine, an armed police officer present at the high school attempted to fire on one of the shooters, but was quickly pinned down by the greater firepower of the shooter's assault weapon. Jeanne Assam, a retired police officer who did actually stop a gun rampage at a Colorado church in 2007, has rejected the notion of arming teachers, telling CNN in 2012 that “a teacher wants to be a teacher. He or she doesn't want to be a police officer” before concluding that the proposal is “ridiculous.”Read full piece.
This concludes the general introduction to right wing and NRA treason around guns and gun regulations defying the second amendments commandment to have a well REGULATED militia.
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