Has the NRA no shame? No, they don’t.
Yesterday the NRA released an ad on its website, intending to vilify gun control proponents as “elitist hypocrites.” The ad, released ahead of President Obama’s much-anticipated gun control press conference today, took aim at President Obama’s two daughters (yes, I said it).
Although Sasha and Malia are not pictured, the NRA questions whether the First Daughters are more important than other children because they have armed Secret Service security agents, who attend school with them.
The outrageous video depicts Wayne LaPierre’s vision of armed school security as men dressed in full military combat gear carrying semi-automatic weapons.
Here’s the video:
An NRA spokesperson told TheBlaze via email that the organization will release more videos following a statement later today.
Obama advisor Robert Gibbs slammed the ad on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday morning, saying:
I mean, it is disgusting on many levels. It’s also just stupid. This reminds me of an ad that somebody made about 2:00 in the morning after one too many drinks, and no one stopped it in the morning.
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinksi commented in disbelief:
Quite frankly after seeing that, I think some of the people who run that thing are sick. I really do. I think they are sick in the head.
So, the NRA wants every child in America to be protected as though they are a high-value target whose kidnapping would threaten national security? Every child in America should have 24/7 armed guards follow them everywhere they go outside of their home? Who pays for this? Is this the society we want to live in?
No. The NRA’s motive is to play on people’s fears to sell more guns. Plain and simple. And armed guards in every school – that’s a lot of new gun sales.
The ad is intended to call out Obama for saying he is “skeptical” that armed security at schools is the only, or best, solution to mass shootings. As a parent myself, I tend to agree with Obama. Installing armed guards in every school doesn’t seem like the safest or most realistic option, for a few reasons:
- If there is no assault weapons ban, assault rifles will still be very easy to get (even without a background check with the gun show loophole). If the armed guard isn’t also carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle, how will he/she be able to stop someone who is?
- Do we really want an assault rifle in every school? According to the video above, the NRA’s answer is a disturbing “yes.”
- What’s to stop killers from over-powering a retired police officer or rent-a-cop and taking his/her gun to shoot up classrooms?
- Gun accidents kill thousands of people each year, including children – what’s to stop that from happening in the school setting?
- There is no proof that guns in schools mean children will be safer.
Here are some disturbing statistics on guns and children, supplied by ChildrensDefense.org: In 2008 and 2009, 5,740 children and teens were killed with guns. For some perspective, 5,740 children’s deaths are:
- Equivalent to 229 public school classrooms of 25 students each
- Greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,013)
Moreover, the number of preschoolers killed by guns in 2008 (88) and in 2009 (85) was nearly double the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 (41) and 2009 (48).
It’s worth noting that the NRA recently released a shooting app which features coffin-shaped targets. The app is rated for ages 4 and up. How’s that for sensitivity?
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