By John Hawkins
After the Newtown massacre, some conservatives were worried that even the NRA might cave on gun control in its press conference today. In actuality, there was never anything to worry about. After all, if the NRA caves on guns, what good would it be?
Now, we must speak … for the safety of our nation’s children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?
The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth. Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.
….We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.
Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!
…Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: “More guns,” you’ll claim, “are the NRA’s answer to everything!” Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word “gun” automatically become a bad word?
A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn’t a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn’t a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won’t be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.
…I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.
Wayne LaPierre is 100% right.
There is no gun control policy that can stop what happened in Newtown and the people who are offering up assault weapon bans and demanding we close gun show loopholes are exploiting the deaths of those children for their own political ends. Even if the gun control advocates get everything they want, it wouldn’t make our kids any safer from someone like Adam Lanza. On the other hand, putting armed guards in every school? You may support the idea or you may not, but it would be a difference maker.
So, is it about “never letting a crisis go to waste” when you’re pushing an agenda or trying to protect kids? The NRA spoke up for the kids. Good for them.