Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s CEO, hit the stage at CPAC on Thursday, and promoted the idea of making “soft targets,” like schools, less soft.
“Evil walks among us, and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids,” the NRA leader told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“Every day young children are being dropped off at schools that are wide-open, soft targets for people bent on mass murder. It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store or some Hollywood gala.”
That’s true. It’s hard to ignore that the people screaming the loudest about gun control either have armed guards, or send their kids to private schools with lots of extra security.
Just ask some of those lawmakers promoting this idea of restricting gun access to law abiding citizens how willing they are to give up their personal security. You’ll see a lot of tap-dancing.
“The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is completely ridiculous. If that’s true, armed security makes us less safe, let’s just go ahead and remove it from everywhere. Let’s remove it from the White House, from Capitol Hill, and remove it from all of Hollywood,” LaPierre continued, prompting some cheers from the crowd.
And he wasn’t wrong, there. Before we close the lid on the idea of armed guards as a security measure for our schools, let’s give it a test run in Hollywood and with certain lawmakers, to see how things go. Let them give up their armed security for a period of time, lest they be seen as hypocrites with no solutions to this current debate.
.@NRA's Wayne LaPierre: "If these so-called new European socialists take over the House and the Senate and God forbid they get the @WhiteHouse again, our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever – and the first to go will be the Second Amendment." pic.twitter.com/Nvbw8Xnmfn
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However, when LaPierre decided to make the message an homage to Donald Trump’s tweets, by attacking the FBI, it got a bit much. The failure of a Florida field office to follow through with protocol wasn’t the only problem.
“They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI,” he said of those advocating for more gun control.
“I can understand a few bad apples in an organization as large as the FBI, but what’s hard to understand is why no one at the FBI stood up and called B.S. on its rogue leadership,” he said.
Straight from Trump’s Twitter account.
Nothing about that addresses the issue of gun rights, or the concerns of those who are currently making the news precisely because they’re asking questions and seeking answers to the gun debate in this nation.
LaPierre ended an otherwise reasonable speech with this:
“To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun,” he said.
And he’s right.
At the very least, the idea of a good guy with a gun is often an effective deterrent.