The National Rifle Association(NRA), has finally broken a week of conspicuous silence following the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. During a morning press conference, the NRA spelled out their solution for the gun violence epidemic in the United States — more guns.
During a rambling, fact-busting speech by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, the NRA blamed everything from violent video games — despite the lack of correlation of between video games and violence — to a media establishment lacking knowledge about firearms, and even the classic 1999 thriller “American Psycho”. Everything, except for, of course, guns.
LaPierre insisted during his speech that the problem is not, in fact, guns, but rather gun free zones, the media, and violent movies. He even resurrected the classic boogeyman of music videos.
LaPierre argues that the only solution to the problem is more guns, or, as he would put it, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun,” which hasn’t seemed to work out all that well so far. So then, I suppose, we shouldn’t even attempt to simply avoid that whole dilemma altogether, by, I don’t know, maybe keeping the guns out of the hands of the bad guys in the first place?
But in fact, during LaPierre’s remarks on “a good guy with a gun” being necessary, a man in Pennsylvania shot nine people, including state troopers, the “good guys with the guns.”
During the course of the speech, a so called solution, was offered up by LaPierre: armed police officers for every school. Brilliant! But why stop there? Let’s put an armed guard in every shopping mall, Sikh temple, and movie theater, as well, then we’d really be safe!
A quick Google search shows that there are approximately 100,000 public schools in the United States. The median salary of a police officer in the United States is around $50,000, meaning the hiring of at least another 100,000 officers would cost upwards of $5 billion a year. Or, perhaps, at a much lower cost — not to mention a much greater effect — we could simply pass some common sense regulations regarding gun control, already.
There is absolutely no data that suggests an armed officer in an elementary school would make our children any safer. There is, however, plenty that shows that gun control would, although the NRA has made every possible effort to stifle research into gun control, and gun violence.
As we have pointed out before, more guns do not lead to a safer society, it, in fact, creates just the opposite.