NRA's highly intelligent response

  rickf 21:17 21 Dec 2012

The NRA has just come out with this statement in response to the call for banning assault rifles and tighter controls. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun." Mr Lapiere, the Chair of the NRA wants a guard with a gun standing guard at every school. Is he the spectre of "the end of days" that they are fervently waiting for? What planet are these people living in? His illogical logical statement is a contradiction in terms so is mine, ie "the illogical logical" It also demonstrates the war mongering mentality that this lot of Americans represent.

  lotvic 21:43 21 Dec 2012

I agree, and in addition wonder how the NRA's good guy with a gun could hope to be on full alert all the time he is on duty and he'd also have to cover every entrance (including windows) and how would he distinguish between the students and a 'baddy'. The potential for 'friendly fire' is horrendous. The mind boggles.

  Forum Editor 23:53 21 Dec 2012

The flaw in the 'armed guard in every school' proposal - apart from the cost - is that the armed guard isn't going to deter a deranged man with an assault rifle -he'll simply make sure that he kills the armed guard first. What America needs is fewer armed people, not more.

It's not an answer,it's a sticking plaster approach, and from what I've read and heard the American people may not be fooled by it. I believe the NRA recognises that the mood has changed, and they're rattled. If the anti-gun lobby can gather enough popular support in the wake of the school killings I think Obama will be under a lot of pressure to act when he gets the 'concrete proposals' he has asked for within a month.

  Quickbeam 01:22 22 Dec 2012

It does seem like the NRA are getting a bit rattled over this massacre business at last.

On the armed guards, well I suppose that's better than last weeks suggestion that the teachers could have prevented it all had they been armed.

  Quickbeam 09:33 22 Dec 2012

"...the solution to gun violence at schools was to station armed volunteers inside every school."

I'm sure that there will be plenty of volunteers in ripped sleeve battle tops and glistening biceps prepared to look good in the school yard in their racked out pickups full of siege weapons eagerly waiting their chance to prove the soundness of that suggestion.

OK Coral mentality...?

  Forum Editor 11:01 22 Dec 2012


Except that in international disputes both sides believe they are the good guys. I doubt that the school killer thought he was being a good guy when he planned to shoot the children down.

  rickf 13:51 22 Dec 2012

The cowboy is alive and well.This is typical of the cowboy's approach. Well passed it's sale bt date.

  oresome 16:29 22 Dec 2012

I think the best that can be hoped for is to make this type of crime a little more difficult to carry out.

There will always be guns available for the determined and there will always be some mentally unstable person who would like to go out in a blaze of noteriety.

The illness needs to be recognised and treated in those that have it of course and this is probably as effective a measure as any other that may be implemented but perhaps not the quick fix solution that a politician may be looking for.

  Forum Editor 17:10 22 Dec 2012


"How can any of us have any idea at all what the killer was thinking prior to his massacre."

I think it's a reasonable guess that he wasn't a paranoid schizophrenic, so he probably wasn't acting under God's orders. It hasn't been suggested in any of the reports on him that I've read.

I imagine he knew that he was doing something pretty bad, but he just didn't care.

  Aitchbee 20:56 22 Dec 2012

This tragedy might encourage the expansion of 'learning-at-a-distance' schemes, with perhaps money funded by the BIG BOYS in commuters ie, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, Sony ... etcetera.

  Aitchbee 20:58 22 Dec 2012

commuters = computers. There may be a saving in travelling expenses as well!

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