NRA RESPONDS TO CRITICISM: Press Conference Reveals Solutions
December 22, 2012 – Friday 12/21/12 the NRA held a press conference following a blast of criticism from the extremist left in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO gave a stirring speech regarding the criticism the group, and everyday gun-owning citizens, have received. Contrary to the expectations of many the speech was not only a response to criticism, but also offered solutions to the problems in the United States.
Hitting on issues like the “gamer” culture that is filled with violence, vulgar and violent movies & television, and gun free zones, LaPierre explained the dark parts of our culture that contributes to shootings. Then LaPierre told a crowded audience that the NRA is forming a program called The National School Shield which is available, free, to any school that wants to train personnel for purposes of security. The National School Shield program will be headed by former congressman Asa Hutchison and will be a detailed and effective branch of the National Rifle Association.
The National Rifle Association is an association of gun owners across the United States that stands in support of the U.S. Constitution and the second amendment. Other effective organizations such as the Gun Owners of America have gone to bat for decades to protect the second amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms. Another recent issue that gun ownership rights groups faced was the United Nations treaty on arms control which contained vague language that could have allowed U.N. policies to supersede the U.S. Constitution and eventually control individual gun ownership.
One contributor to the Lomax Report told of an acquaintance whose daughter had lived in Great Britain where gun ownership is not allowed. The woman had been sent by her employer to Great Britain to set up telecommunications networks for a two year period. She had taken an apartment in an up-scale neighborhood which was burglarized numerous times. Twice she had walked in on burglars in the apartment with only a broom handle to protect herself with. After the second time chasing the burglar from the apartment, in which she was struck and injured, she informed her boss that she was returning to the United States the next day and would not return to Great Britain. She told her employer that she was defenseless in Great Britain with no avenue of self protection except a broom handle.
Stories such as this are common in “gun free zones” like Great Britain. Gun free zones in the U.S. include schools, churches, malls and theaters, all of which have had mass shootings in the last ten years. No matter how many laws are passed, no legislation can remove the presence of evil, which leaves the right of self defense all the more important.