The National Rifle Association has finally broken its silence and issued a formal comment on the Newtown massacre. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” declared president Wayne LaPierre this morning, urging Congress to “act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”
LaPierre’s “press conference,” at which the press were not permitted to ask questions, was revealing. He could have humbly expressed sympathy for the families and a willingness to work toward reducing violence in schools. Instead, LaPierre made a grand proposal for an unprecedented expansion of the police state. This is very troubling.
The organized gun-rights lobby often portrays Americans’ right to gun ownership as God-given and vital to preserving “Liberty.” But LaPierre’s proposal seems to belie any good faith concern about “Liberty.” Indeed, gun-wielding agents of the state stationed outside every first grade classroom is inimical, one would think, to the preservation of “Liberty.”
I’ve just seen on Twitter that a Hoboken, New Jersey councilman is calling for two armed police officers in every school (public and private). The post-tragedy hysterics are officially underway, which will almost certainly lead to awful policy. Elementary schools should not be transformed into locked-down fortresses.