Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
At its tardy press conference today, the NRA finally opened up about the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school.
And instead of acknowledging the danger of assault weapons, Wayne LaPierre, the group's executive vice president, blamed video games. And he insisted that the solution wasn't passing any kind of gun control. No, the NRA's solution was more guns, right now.
"The only way -- the only way -- to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection," Mr. LaPierre said. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
He didn't explain how having an armed guard would have prevented the killer at Sandy Hook, who could simply have shot the armed guard before continuing with the carnage. The logic of the NRA's argument is not to have a single armed guard but to have a whole swat team at every school. (The other logic is to arm the teachers and the principals, which would make the school a free for all.)
Gun-free school zones identified by signs, LaPierre said, serve only to "tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to effect maximum mayhem with minimum risk."
The NRA is a huge obstacle to sanity and to safety in America. It consistently opposes reasonable gun control laws.
Meanwhile, whenever there is a mass shooting like Sandy Hook, it benefits.
As Fox News reported, the NRA has seen a surge in its membership over the past week.
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, more than one million Americans have died by gunfire since Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated in 1968.
Now we have 20 more children and six courageous adults to add to that grisly total.
And still the NRA refuses to acknowledge that there is even a gun problem in this country. Its answer to every hideous massacre is the same: more guns.
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