The NRA held a press conference today to discuss its contributions to the gun control debate in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. I warned a few days back that the NRA might be planning to sell us out, and suggested spreading the word in an effort to prevent that from happening.
I’m happy to announce today that they did not sell us out, quite the contrary.
Press Conference Summary
LaPierre started by addressing the Connecticut shooting and stated that “gun free zones” are largely to blame for the tragedy, saying that “they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
LaPierreÂ then turned the focus away from the guns, and onto the culture of violence that we have in America today. He blamed Hollywood, video games, and the music and entertainment industries for creating and feeding this culture of violence. He then blamed the media and insinuated that they were complicit by covering up the true problem.
LaPierreÂ gave an example of this violence inÂ Kindergarten Killer, a disgusting online game hosted at gold-online-games.com where you shoot teachers and children. Here is a screenshot of the instructions for the game and the instructions for Level 1. I couldn’t bring myself to continue any further, it literally made me sick to my stomach. I took screenshots because this game will likely get quietly pulled.
LaPierre accused the media of not reporting on such problems as this horrible game by saying “Itâ€™s been online for 10 years. How comeÂ my research department could find it and all of yours eitherÂ couldn’tÂ orÂ didn’tÂ want anyone to know you had found it?” A very good question.
One last thing on the game. The credits at the start of the game say “A Game by Gary Short” – I don’t know who you are Mr. Short, but you are a sick, vile man.
LaPierre then went on to deliver his now famous line, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun”, and the focus turned back to what can and should be done to keep schools safe. He introduced what the NRA is calling theÂ National School Shield Program, an NRA-sponsored,Â multi-faceted program that will beÂ developed by industry experts aimed at keeping schools safe.
No high profile NRA press conference is complete without at least one idiot interrupting with a sign blaming the NRA for killing children, and this one was no exception. There were two interruptions, both rather weak in my opinion, and both were quickly escorted out.
National School Shield Program
The National School Shield Program (NSSP) is aÂ multi-faceted program that will provide a comprehensive security plan to schools, fromÂ armed securityÂ to building design and access control to information technology toÂ student and teacher training.
The NSSP effort will be led by former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who will act as Director of the program. The NSSP will have a budget provided by the NRA,Â of “whatever scope the task requires.”
Hutchinson outlined two elements that this program would encompass.
- The program will be a model security plan, a “comprehensive strategy for school security based onÂ the latest, most up-to-date technical information from the foremostÂ experts in their fields.” This model will serve as a template for any school that is interested, and can be tailored to each school’s specific needs.
- The program will not depend on massive funding from local authorities or the federal government, and will instead by made up of local volunteers.
In summary, I’m extremely pleased with the way the NRA handled the press conference, the message they sent to the corrupt media, and the National School Shield Program. It’s days like today that I am reminded why I have been a member of the NRA for many years, and why I will continue to be a member of the NRA.Â The NRA did not cave in, they stood firm, offering real solutions to very real problems, using their own money to implement.
Is the NRA perfect? Absolutely not, and I have certainly been disappointed with them in the past. But in a society and political climate that is constantly at war with the Second Amendment, we need to seize any ally we can get.
Most importantly, the big takeaway from today’s press conference is this. The NRA’s strong message and stance was a shot across the bow to members of Congress who are considering gun control legislation, and that’s exactly what we needed.