The NRA finally speaks

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  1. I dream of the day that the NRA steps up to the plate with a reasonable solution. I want them to find a way to hold their members responsible for the security of their weapons. They are probably the only group that can pull it off. If they could do that we would not need to discuss taking weapons away even though that is what I would like to see happen. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful Christmas gift?

    I am a former teacher that actually feels ill when I think of arming teachers or posting armed guards in front of our schools. Most schools have outside passage from classroom to classroom so I really don’t know how many guards it would take in most schools. In the Far East schools are surrounded by walls with barbwire or glass shards on the top. Maybe the cost for those around our school could be footed by the gun group.

    Or we could do what Australia did. (,0,747421.story). These sweeping laws took a lot of courage to pass but the results are proof of what country can do when they actually take the high road.

    Just a thought.


    1. Hi, b+ (cute handle for a teacher!) I agree, the NRA needs to be accountable and step up. And not by urging more guns in schools. They have the influence to preach “fewer guns, greater responsibility” to their members. Instead, “more guns” seems to be their answer to everything. Teachers, second only to parents, set the example for our children, and schools are where our children first learn about the world beyond their homes. Imagine what we’ll be teaching them if teachers and staff carry guns, if there are armed guards at every entrance and barbed wire and walls around the grounds.

      Thank you for that link. It’s a great article that can’t be circulated enough. Especially those compelling statistics from the Brady Center: “… in a single year guns killed 17 in Finland, 35 in Australia, 39 in Britain, 60 in Spain, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada and 9,484 in the United States.” Even allowing for differences in population (the US is 10 times larger than Canada, for example), the numbers are telling.

    2. I couldn’t agree more, B+ and with Mak and PT as well. I too noted (on another blog) the success Australia had with reasonable gun laws. And just to punctuate the point about armed guards in schools, I learned from Rachel Maddow last night that Columbine high school did have an armed security guard at the time of their shooting. He was ineffective. QED.

      1. I heard the same thing last night about Columbine. Several times, in fact. One story even said “guards,” plural. To which, no doubt, the NRA would say, “Well, there just weren’t enough guards” or “Had they been NRA-trained …”

  2. As George Carlin might say, “Oh yeah, right!” Maybe we should all just strap on our holsters and sidearms. I recall a time when some folks were actually pushing for that to be required by law. I was even naive enough at the time to see some merit in the idea. Of course SNL then did a parody where everyone was required to carry around their own personal nukes… 🙄

    1. Sometimes it takes comedians to make us see how truly ridiculous we are being. I don’t doubt there are a great number of people in this country who think yes, if everyone openly carried a sidearm, we’d all live happily ever after. (Welcome back to the Old West.) The SNL nukes thing is apropos, considering the mindset of many seems to be “arms race.” “They” have more guns so we need more guns ….

    1. At the risk of overdramatizing, this strikes me as a battle for the soul of the nation. Are we going to progress as an enlightened, civilized, safe and peaceful nation, or are we going to cling to our past — our wild frontier days and before that, our founding Revolutionary War of more than 200 years ago. It frustrates, saddens, and angers me that almost half of all American adults (gun owners) are fighting to preserve that violent past.

      1. I don’t think you are dramatising: the bedrock of what is happening is just that- a battle. I feel precisely as you do. I just hope America can make the right choice. We’re off to Canada this Summer. We could have chosen the USA; I said to Phil, “Why don’t we go to America?” You know what he said? “Too many guns.”

      2. He really said that? We need to hear more stories like that — that tourists are going elsewhere because of the guns. Loss of tourism is loss of money, and that’s the only language a lot of Americans understand.

... and that's my two cents