After days of nothing from the NRA on the subject, this morning they finally spoke out. It was an interesting event. Wayne LaPierre, second in command of the organization essentially played the blame game on everything but guns. He suggested that contributing factors are violent video games, blood soaked movies, gun free school zones, and the media.

It was the ‘media’ reference that he really went to town on Although he named no names, I think it was clear that it was the left wing media that he was referring to.

LAPIERRE: Rather than face — rather than face their own moral failings the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws, and fill the national media with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action, and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

LAPIERRE: The media calls semi-automatic fire arms, machine guns. They claim these civilian semi-automatic fire arms are used by the military. They tell us that the .223 is one of the most powerful rifle calibers, when all of these claims are factually untrue, they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban or one more law imposed on peaceable, lawful people will protect us where 20,000 other laws have failed.
As brave and heroic and as self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms and as prompt and professional and well- trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own, unable to stop it.
As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It’s now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools. The only way — the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or from a minute away?
Now, I can imagine the headlines, the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow. “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.

The subject of gun control barely got a passing mention. And certainly no mention was made about limiting the sale of Semi Automatic weapons or large capacity clips. This might have been a concession that would have gained the NRA some brownie points.

So, the bottom line, the NRA wants business as usual. As of this writing there has been no official White House comment, but I doubt that the NRA proposal will get much backing.

Simon Barrett

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