by Max Brantley
Doesn't sound like a change of tone from the gun nuts.
Video games are under fire. Also, the "national media machine" for encouraging "copycats" by rewarding them with fame.
Moreover, gun-free school zones are under fire (this is part of a recent boom in gun nut commentary in favor of arming teachers, from kindergarten through graduate school.)
The answer as ever: MORE GUNS!!!!
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," says Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.
Watching LaPierre via livestream, I see, among others, he's repeating a call for armed security in every school. He says the federal budget can afford it.
NOTE: Columbine High had an armed guard on duty. Fort Hood, scene of another slaughter, has some guns around, I'm guessing.
MAJOR ARKANSAS UPDATE: LaPierre has just announced that Asa Hutchinson, likely Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2014 and former Homeland Security leader, will lead an NRA taskforce on school security (a "national school shield safety program"). Hutchinson says it will produce a model plan that can be adapted to specific needs. The NRA will train people to work in schools.
"Armed, trained security personnel" will be one element of the plan, Hutchinson said, though "not the only one." He said if a schol district decided it didn't want or need armed officers on campus, that would be a decision by a local school board to make.
He insisted security could be added without a great expense from local, state or federal govenments. "I think there are people in every community in the country who'd be happy to serve," Hutchinson said. They need only be asked and trained. He said his own son worked in a volunteer Watchdog Dad group to provided added patrols and security at his school.
No questions were allowed of LaPierre, Hutchinson or anyone else. No dilution of message allowed. As ever, more spiritual respect for the 2nd Amendment than the 1st. Here are Hutchinson's prepared remarks.
Response on Twitter not favorable to the NRA. Not surprising. The NRA played to the base. That's all it knows how to do.
Buzz Feed is ready to call bull**** on the notion that Asa! is somehow an independent arbiter on these matters. He is, in short, a gun nut. Favored a SHORTER waiting period for gun purchases; opposes registration; wants armed people in every school; had termed Clinton gun control efforts politicization of a complicated issue. Look who's politicking now?
UPDATE: NRA getting worked over pretty good for refusing to have guns pried from its cold, dead-to-reality fingers.
From the National League of Cities:
Today at 9:30 am all across Connecticut a moment of silence was held for the Newtown tragedy as a way to move forward. Unfortunately the National Rifle Association shortly thereafter held a press conference and used it as a time to look backward. Rather than contributing to the national conversation on the easy availability of high-powered weapons, the NRA ignored the overarching issue of gun violence in our communities and instead blamed everyone else - the media, the schools and now are following a line of logic that would have us arm our teachers.
"The NRA's statements were tone deaf to the national mood and ignore the reality that this is not just a school shooting issue. Every day in cities across this nation, residents wake up to media accounts of shootings, robberies and other issues involving guns. The nation has seen shootings in movie theaters and even on an Army base.
"Our nation needs serious answers and today's press conference had a very clear message - that the NRA doesn't want to be part of a meaningful solution. The NLC looks forward to engaging on the issue and working to ensure a comprehensive effort to reduce violent acts. "
A friend pens a suggested letter from a school sharing the NRA's view:
Because mentally ill people are everywhere and dangerous, we have accepted the NRA's offer of armed guards.
You should not be alarmed when you first see them. Because the crazy people are likely to attack with assault weapons we recognize that customary sidearms will be insufficient to the purpose. Our guards will be armed with AR-15s with laser sights.
But that may not be enough.
We ask you to write your Representative and Senator and demand the repeal of the ban on fully automatic .50 caliber machine guns. We wish to build embattlements are each corner of the school where the 50 cal's will be positioned. Each of them will be manned by a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan. We have been told by the NRA psychiatrists that such an assignment will help with their PTSD treatment. It will also be our strongest defense against the dangerously mentally ill.
Finally, we have decided to rename our school. It will no longer P.S. 23. It will henceforth be calledl Firebase Alphabet. We thing our younger learners will like the Alphabet part, and the adults can just call it Firebase Alpha.
Kind regards and wishing you a peaceful holiday time,
Your Principal (non-union)