NRA offers free help to schools that hire armed guards, warns of overreach

by David Sherfinski
February 23, 2018

The National Rifle Association offered free help to schools that hire armed guards to protect their students and backed expansion of the federal government’s list of banned guy buyers, but it defiantly warned Thursday against Washington’s overreach after last week’s school massacre.

Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said FBI bungling, mental illness and lax school security were at the root of the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said the solution is better protection, not tighter gun laws.

“Our banks, our airports, our NBA games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians — they’re all more protected than our children at school. Does that make any sense to anybody?” Mr. LaPierre told a Washington audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering of grass-roots leaders on the right.

His annual speech to CPAC is always compelling, but this year’s version was all the more so because of the timing, giving Mr. LaPierre a chance to respond to the NRA’s critics, a group that now includes many of the students who survived the Florida shooting. Some of the survivors are leading a nationwide effort to enact strict controls on what weapons can be bought and who can buy them.

Mr. LaPierre, though, warned against “opportunists” using the tragedy to advance a “socialist agenda” that begins with denying gun rights. He said the response to the shooting should be careful and targeted.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    Democrat or Republican has nothing to do with our rights unless they are trying to take them away. If this group of ignorant leaders figure removing ones ability to protect themselves is a better way to protect all of us they flunked more than math while in school. The idea that no guns for anyone means no guns for the bad guys is the same fussy math scenario. This problem requires more guns by competent responsible citizens to help protect all people. Since when has this country been one to depend on others for their own protection. Grow up and take responsibility for yourself and protect your fellow man. Every country I have visited have provided police or military protection at the schools. Most 3rd world countries have the military standing guard at all the school entrances.
    Putting guns to protect, in the schools, is just a start. Put GOD back into the schools and give our children the good moral values you have tried so hard to squash over the past 20yrs.

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