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article imageOp-Ed: NRA: More guns equals more safety

By Ken Hanly     Dec 21, 2012 in Politics
Washington - The NRA has made it clear what it means by its willingness to consider measures to prevent any further massacres. The NRA wants the good guys to have more guns and to have armed guards at all schools to protect students.
There is nothing about gun control in the NRA response that I noticed. Most of their press release is all about a great leap forward designed to have schools protected with armed guards. In other words the cure for gun violence is more guns.
An earlier NRA statement had said that they were open to discussing ways of preventing further tragic events like those at Sandy Hook elementary school. I took this as a sign that the group was finally considering more controls on guns. Instead, the group wants more guns but of course in the hands of the good guys.
Not only did the group refuse to address the issue of gun control, it took the opportunity to chastise politicians such as Biden, Obama, and Bloomberg for bringing up the issue. Unlike those nasty politicians, who were not named of course, the NRA on behalf of all 4 million mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, remained respectfully silent. Now we have a brilliant moral drama with Wayne Lapierre intoning: "Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns"
The NRA suggests a National School Shield Emergency Response Program: 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.
To forestall any objections Lapierre notes that in many cases guns are good and asks rhetorically: "So why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools?"
No doubt we should develop this idea further. We could have guards in all our theaters as there have been mass shootings there. We could have a National Theater Shield Emergency Response Program for every theater that wants it. If guns are good when used to protect the president why aren't they good to protect our theater goers?
Of course this would just be a start. Since mass shootings are often at workplaces we could have a National. Workplace Safety Emergency Response Program (NWSERP) since after all if guns are good to protect the president surely they are good to protect workers in the workplace.
Obama appointed a group to provide concrete proposals to prevent future mass shootings. Now he knows what the NRA proposals are. Guns are good, and the more the good guys have the less violence. The NRA sounds as if it might want censorship of video games that glorify violence, movies that do the like etc.etc. Perhaps we need a Department of Virtue and Vice to control the media.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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