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Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting (Wayne LaPierre)
Washington Post ^ | Dec. 21, 2012 | Wayne LaPierre

Posted on 12/21/2012 9:49:37 AM PST by neverdem

Remarks from the NRA press conference on Sandy Hook school shooting, delivered on Dec. 21, 2012 (Transcript)

Here's a transcript of the remarks from the NRA press conference on the Sandy Hook school shooting. Statements are being updated as the remarks unfold.

DAVID KEENE, PRESIDENT,  NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: Good morning.

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LAPIERRE: Good morning.

The National Rifle Association -- 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters -- join the nation in horror, outrage, grief, and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut, who have suffered such an incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.

Out of respect for the families and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment.

While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectably silent. Now, we must speak for the safety of our nation's children.

LAPIERRE: Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one, nobody has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?

The only way to answer that question is to face the truth. Politicians pass laws for gun free school zones, they issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And, in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

How have our nation's priorities gotten so far out of order. Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, court houses, even sports stadiums are all protected by armed security. 

LAPIERRE: We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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1 posted on 12/21/2012 9:49:47 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem; Travis McGee

Trying to reason with irrational people running on nothing but pure emotion which theenemy media works feverishly to hype up is a completely futile exercise. BUT, it must be done as Wayne has done it because there is still a base of We The People sovereigns ‘not yet’ willing to be enslaved and we must prepare to defend OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. The reality IS that we no longer live in a Constitutional Republic IN THE EYES OF THE OLIGARCHS VIOLATING THEIR OATH TO OUR CONSTITUTION! In so doing, they expose that they are the enemy within ...


2 posted on 12/21/2012 9:56:37 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: neverdem
LAPIERRE: The truth is, that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters. People that are so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons, that no sane person can every possibly comprehend them. They walk among us every single day, and does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn’t planning his attack on a school, he’s already identified at this very moment?

WaPo headline from the future: NRA President Blames Shootings on Demons.

3 posted on 12/21/2012 9:57:26 AM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: neverdem

Most honest thoughtful speech I have heard in years...aside from Sarah that is

Was excellent, very impressed


4 posted on 12/21/2012 10:00:54 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2016 OR BUST)
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To: neverdem

I don’t see how the NRA can win the media war being waged against them and us. The entire media - including the “balanced Fox” are in the hands of Obama Goebbels.


5 posted on 12/21/2012 10:01:52 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: neverdem

At our school the principal and all the teachers are armed. We homeschool.

The students know how to shoot as well and will assist if need be.


6 posted on 12/21/2012 10:02:51 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: MHGinTN

All Congress critters who don’t uphold and defend the United States Constitution SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.


7 posted on 12/21/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Cheerio

The answer is not hand-wringing, but riding out to meet the enemy on their own ground. Let them know that you now consider them a de facto branch of the governmental opposition and from now on, you will treat them as political operators, including picketing of media outlets.


8 posted on 12/21/2012 10:09:56 AM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: neverdem

Wow... great speech. Great message. On point.

It’s about time the NRA grew a spine. Glad to hear it.


9 posted on 12/21/2012 10:12:21 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: neverdem

What is the difference between public schools and other government run gun free zones? Unlike airports, courthouses, and other government buildings, schools don’t have security guards.


10 posted on 12/21/2012 10:14:51 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: neverdem

Liberals are wailing and angry about the recent massacre, but are stone cold and perfectly fine with one million aborted human lives every year.

Everything liberals disagree with, they want destroyed.
That’s why they can’t trust themselves with guns.


11 posted on 12/21/2012 10:27:04 AM PST by two23
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To: neverdem; All
Lapiere got it right when he blamed the media.

I've been saying this for a long time

The media has blood on its hands.

These shooters do it for the fame and attention the media gives them.

The media makes these mass shooters household names.

Almost all these mass shooters are loners who no one ever paid attention to. They want to matter , to do something big, to be someone important. The media makes them world famous . They want to be the next star.So they want to top the previous shooter . the media knows this so that's why they show the picture and life story of the mass shooter to everyone repeatedly.

These shooters want to see their names in headlines of the newspaper . They want to see their picture all over the TV etc.

Sure the media can cover it but they don't have to identify the perpetrator so as to not give others motive . they know this but do it so that they (democrats) can take away our right to defend ourselves , our guns so that then the government can crack down on us more. Democrats including the media want to dis-empower individuals and empower government .

the more people they kill then they know the more the media will cover them , so the media eggs on the next shooter and creates copy cats. the media eggs on the next shooter to top the previous shooter.

the media(democrats) are pure evil statists/socialists.

a mass shooter shouldn't be given the recognition , fame, notoriety it seeks . Nor should the media be given what they want : call for gun control.

Then they use the blood of those they killed to further enslave all of us. We need to put the blame on the media( democrats) and call them out .

12 posted on 12/21/2012 10:27:30 AM PST by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: Ramius

I like most of what Wayne said but he went on too long, tech quality was absurdly poor, and a couple of nutball protestors were allowed to unfurl their stupid signs right in front of his face. And that’s the clip you’ll see on the MSM.


13 posted on 12/21/2012 10:27:38 AM PST by Argus
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To: Cheerio

“[Assault weapons’] menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi- automatic assault weapons —anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun— can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” Josh Sugarmann, executive director of New Right Watch, spokesman for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, “Assault Weapons and Accessories in America,” policy report of New Right Watch and the Education Fund to End Handgun Violence, September 1988

“Self-interest has no place in society”
-Sandy Cuney, Handgun Control Incorporated, 5/6/94

“Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It does not matter if you have to distort facts or even lie.”
-Sarah Brady, Handgun Control, Inc., The National Educator, January, 1994

“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right ban, picking up every one of them... ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,’ I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.”-Dianne Feinstein, Senator, CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes,” February 5, 1995

“In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis. The phrase “the people” meant the same thing in the Second Amendment as it did in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments -that is, each and every free person.”-Stephen Halbrook, Ph.D., That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, 1994, at 83


14 posted on 12/21/2012 10:50:17 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
From the Sandy Hook tragedy to the passes they gave the administration on Fast & Furious and Benghazigate, it's time to stop using euphemisms like main stream media and lame stream media. Lets be honest. They are nothing but propagandists. They are the BS media! Even the NY Post is on board!

Adam Lanza’s weapons (Barf alert!)

Lindisfarne To Sandy Hook: The Tragedy of Wishful Thinking

Soledad O’Brien vs. John Lott

GUN CONTROL AND THE LIBERAL ID

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

15 posted on 12/21/2012 10:51:05 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Friendofgeorge

Yes it was great.

And no doubt all we will see on the tee vee is the Code Whackos screeching their lungs out that NRA is bad.


16 posted on 12/21/2012 10:51:57 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
From the Sandy Hook tragedy to the passes they gave the administration on Fast & Furious and Benghazigate, it's time to stop using euphemisms like main stream media and lame stream media. Lets be honest. They are nothing but propagandists. They are the BS media! Even the NY Post is on board!

Adam Lanza’s weapons (Barf alert!)

Lindisfarne To Sandy Hook: The Tragedy of Wishful Thinking

Soledad O’Brien vs. John Lott

GUN CONTROL AND THE LIBERAL ID

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

17 posted on 12/21/2012 10:52:11 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Little suggestion here. Don’t support the anti-Second-Amendment lefties by using the word, “shooter.” Say “murderer,” instead. For example, “mass murderer.” Resist the linguistic activism of the left, or we’ll be defeated (as was marriage and traditional family structure, with much other linguistic activism). The misapplication of the word, shooter, was devised to equate all who fire firearms (”shooters”) with murderers.

Wise-up. We’ve already allowed over 30 years of linguistic activism to destroy our society and economy. University English departments are very much in league against conservatism along with other departments, such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, various fine arts, commercial graphics, communications, education and more. Nursing departments have been infected for decades. English graduates also write and revise entries for the dictionaries, by the way.


18 posted on 12/21/2012 10:56:32 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Democrat_media

ABC-NBC-CBS-Cable-Satellite Newtworks-—all of them are part of the MSM, Hollywood gun-grabbing pro-choice-American hating left.
Defund them and you partially defund democrats.
Pull the plug-—stop watching their network TV shows, stop watching their crap movies and take your kids out of public school if at all possible.

The ruling class and the dregs of hollywood have the right to defend their lives—but not the law-abiding peons.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 10:57:07 AM PST by two23
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To: neverdem

I was with him 100% until he started blaming them eeeevil video games. Are there studies showing gamers are more likely than non-gamers to be murderers? That a significant number of convicted murderers are gamers?

Just more lame scapegoating, more “killers are victims of their culture” mentality. Cultures have been “saturated in violence” at least since the invention of the cave painting. I believe we have an innate attraction to violence that served us when we needed to hunt animals and kill human enemies to survive. Now that most of us don’t have a practical need for these instincts, I think it’s only healthy to use fictional/simulated violence—or actual hunting, for that matter—as an outlet.


20 posted on 12/21/2012 10:58:09 AM PST by Méabh
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To: neverdem
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21 posted on 12/21/2012 10:58:11 AM PST by MtnMan101
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To: neverdem

Well done, Wayne.


22 posted on 12/21/2012 10:58:22 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: neverdem

They are the 0bamamedia. Not a doubt about it after the last election cycle.


23 posted on 12/21/2012 11:10:44 AM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: neverdem

Federal $$$ for armed police in all schools? Some “conservative”!


24 posted on 12/21/2012 11:10:55 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: neverdem

“Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no national one size fits all solution to protecting our children. But do know that this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget and scrapped Secure Our Schools policing grants in next year’s budget.”

As soon as this was said, my local NBC affiliate cut in and later refused to address this comment in their summary. Of course protestors continued to get the attention they sought. Wonder if this was a local situation or a national display of bias?


25 posted on 12/21/2012 11:11:50 AM PST by Boomer One
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To: neverdem

Excellent speech. Just superb. Finally.


26 posted on 12/21/2012 11:12:41 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MHGinTN

I think we all need to start engaging these idiots.

I’m going to start emailing some of these lib reporters. If enough of us start annoying them with the truth it will have an effect. Journalists are weak-minded losers and pathetic followers, so they don’t have the stones to stand up and think for themselves.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 12:02:53 PM PST by webstersII
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To: neverdem

All I can say is that Mr. Claret was at Bass Pro today and called to tell me that ammo was flying off the shelves. I told him that he’d better get some more and we agreed on a rather large spending limit.


28 posted on 12/21/2012 12:12:23 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: Ramius

They will soon greatly regret their support for the dirtbag Harry Reid


29 posted on 12/21/2012 12:21:23 PM PST by italianquaker
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To: neverdem

Great article!


30 posted on 12/21/2012 12:22:14 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: neverdem

No, Wayne, we don’t need another emergency Feral Government program. Look what the Patriot Act has brought us.

Disband DoEd. Return the money to the states. If they want to use it on security, fine.

State and local issue.


31 posted on 12/21/2012 12:33:42 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: neverdem
Sitting in the barber shop today waiting to get my haircut I overheard a conversation about the rampage.

The older suburban well-to-do guy getting his hair cut was spouting the Media talking points about bad guns, bad home schooling etc.

To my surprise the younger, poorer Russian immigrant barber from Brooklyn NYC defended home schooling and defended gun ownership.

It was an interesting contrast.

32 posted on 12/21/2012 12:49:39 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: FreedomPoster
No, Wayne, we don’t need another emergency Feral Government program. Look what the Patriot Act has brought us.

The praise on this thread is depressing.

P.S. Love the "Feral". Think I'll steal it. ;)

33 posted on 12/21/2012 1:16:16 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: neverdem

The progressives are happy. There were no dead Negros in the kindergarten, even hybrid Negros. Two of the dead were Tiger Cubs, non Queer Boy Scouts.

What could be better? This is better than redistribution of rich folks wealth. It happened in Connecticut. A major pustule, a puss filled boil on America. It is liberalism at it’s very best. It is what is wanted...... dead rich kids


34 posted on 12/21/2012 2:16:25 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: neverdem

La Pierre for President !


35 posted on 12/21/2012 2:31:48 PM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get= $7....LOL !)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Federal $$$ for armed police in all schools? Some “conservative”![/quote]

I didnt see it that way, I see it as a bold finger pointing at the Feds to put their money where their mouth is. A suggestion to do something MEANINGFUL instead of just disarming the law abiding

36 posted on 12/21/2012 2:42:51 PM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get= $7....LOL !)
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To: neverdem

Looking for a video of the press conference. Anyone got a link?


37 posted on 12/21/2012 2:49:25 PM PST by GVnana
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To: neverdem

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZb8EXUrQTo


38 posted on 12/21/2012 3:53:00 PM PST by GVnana
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To: GVnana
NRA's Wayne LaPierre Calls for Armed Security in Every School

With the two volume controls that I know about controls maxxed out, it's barely audible until almost 12 minutes into the news conference, i.e. about 11:47. The volume becomes lower around the 14th minute.

39 posted on 12/21/2012 4:07:39 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: GVnana

Thank you. Your link has better audio.


40 posted on 12/21/2012 4:15:18 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: webstersII

Jack Anderson was a Journalist. The current bastards in media are far from journalists, being well-paid propaganda spittlists only, and many of them are damned near illiterate to boot!


41 posted on 12/21/2012 5:47:28 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: neverdem
In 2000 Bill Clinton Wanted Cops in Schools Because of Columbine
42 posted on 12/21/2012 6:01:25 PM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Thanks for the link. What happened to gun free school zones?


43 posted on 12/21/2012 7:26:00 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: KTM rider
...I see it as a bold finger pointing at the Feds to put their money where their mouth is.

1.It's unconstitutional.

2.It's a hysterical over reaction.

3.It's fascism. It's the same hysteria that brought us the TSA circus.

4.He also spewed the liberal hooey about violent video games and movies (where are you when we need you, Tipper Gore?).

5.He said something about a "mental health database". You comfortable with that?

His reaction is the flip side of the liberals. Hysterical statism. He is no conservative.

I had read before that the NRA had gone Beltway, but I wasn't prepared for this. I think the GOA is a much better organization (at least politically).

44 posted on 12/21/2012 10:29:35 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
His reaction is the flip side of the liberals. Hysterical statism. He is no conservative.

I wouldn't say so. It's more like ju jitsu. Why should schools be supposedly gun free kill zones? Why can't school staff with adequate training and adult students who are veterans in colleges and universities have concealed carry? It's a right at least in Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, except in gun free kill zones.

The mental health angle is more tricky. The left, if they had their druthers, would deny any 2nd Amendment rights to anyone with a DUI. I don't believe any of the Founding Fathers would sell a firearm to the town lunatic.

Bottom line: The NRA did not fold on so called assault weapons or high capacity magazines.

45 posted on 12/22/2012 7:21:07 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
Disclosure: I am an NRA member.

I do not like a special interest, such as the NRA, to ask the United States Congress to spend more of my tax dollars. Like our current Republican congressmen, the NRA lacks cogent thought and are spineless. Spending more money that we do not have will not solve this problem. What needs to be done is getting rid of a lot of the gun laws we have on the books. This is at the state and federal level. There should be no gun free zones. Teachers, parents, and administrators should be allowed to carry weapons anywhere they want. Criminals certainly do, and they do no go through background checks. The problem will never be fully solved since you can't ban mental disease.

There was a time, not so long ago, that students would bring shotguns and rifles to school (left in their vehicles) to go hunting after school. That was normal for where I live in PA. It was also at a time there there was far less school security. Now, there is a resource officer at my daughter's high school. There are no gang problems, rampant drug problems - just kids being kids and a lot of mandatory anti-bullying programs.

This is teaching boys to rely on government to solve all of their problems, making them timid and weak and not to stand up to the real world. Meanwhile the lard ass resource officer lacks all ability to truly protect the students. Police are only minutes away when you immediately need them. Lard ass police officers take even longer.

46 posted on 12/22/2012 8:11:27 AM PST by ConservativeInPA (It is impossible to have a good faith negotiations with terrorists or any Muslim.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
OK , and your suggestion would be ?

1. do nothing ?

2. arm the kids ?

3. arm the teachers ?

4. ban profiling extending 2nd amendment rights to psychos ?

5. hysterically overreact and attack the NRA for making a suggestion in terms that liberals can understand ?

I firmly believe that this is a state not federal issue This is not in the enumerated powers of the federal gov , but your criticism of the NRA is like shooting the dog for not killing the cat when he scratched up the sofa

47 posted on 12/22/2012 11:07:37 AM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get= $7....LOL !)
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To: ConservativeInPA
You forgot "blaming Hollywood"

that is not conservative either. Personal responsibility is not blaming someone else for ones lack of self control . Watching violent movies is no excuse for mass murder

Your ideas are great. Obamacare and social security should also be repealed. Too bad they will never happen.

US politics is a like a NASCAR race, speeding to the left , politicians are forced to do what they can as they struggle for pole position, turning right is not an option unfortunately

48 posted on 12/22/2012 11:22:15 AM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get= $7....LOL !)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Lard ass police officers take even longer.

Better a fat, old guy than a buzzcut juicer! Already we see stories all over the country of these school cops arresting little kids for things that we used to stand in the corner for. The combination of public school "zero tolerance" tyrants + bad cops is a recipe for disaster. Just what we need. Mary's Little Lamb follows her to school one day, and the cop blows it away because it appeared threatening. ;)

Seriously. Perhaps cops in schools make sense in some places. But, I don't like it. And it definitely shouldn't be federally mandated.

49 posted on 12/22/2012 1:06:15 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: two23

>> “Liberals are wailing and angry about the recent massacre, but are stone cold and perfectly fine with one million aborted human lives every year.” <<

.
Yes, that is the salient point.

Killing defenseless children is every Democrat’s main hobby.


50 posted on 12/22/2012 4:46:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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