December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.”
- Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO, December 23, 2012
- Source: Meet the Press (includes video)
- Context: LaPierre doubled down on his statement that the solution to preventing school massacres is to place armed security at every school in the country. Critics have argued that there were armed guards both Columbine High School and Virginia Tech who failed to prevent those massacre. Further criticism contends that if placing armed guards at schools is the solution, they would also have to be placed in all theaters, malls, and other public places where massacres have occurred.
December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
“We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.”
- National Rifle Association, December 21, 2012
- Source: CNN
- Context: The National Rifle Association (NRA) had remained silent since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, in which a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children. This changed Friday when, amidst renewed debate on stricter gun control laws, the NRA proposed that the solution is not to limit guns, but to instead station armed security at every school in the nation.
December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
““I’m a conservative and a Republican, and I believe in the Constitution and all of the amendments. But the reality is, there are restrictions on lots of our freedoms. We cherish the freedom of speech, but it doesn’t give you the right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.
I have trouble defending a position that says there should be no restrictions on any guns or ammunition, and this slippery slope argument that if you allow the slightest bit of [gun] control, then that’s the start of taking away all our freedoms.
Somebody’s got to break ranks on one side or the other, it seems to me, and talk in a rational and thoughtful way, which will probably come with great risk to whoever does that. I imagine a Republican who speaks on this will probably be opposed in their next election.”
- Mark DeMoss, head of The Demoss Group, December 15, 2012
- Source: Politico
- Context: DeMoss, a Christian conservative public relations executive and former Romney adviser, came out in support of stricter gun control measures in an interview with Politico.