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McCollum: National Rifle Association Response 'Madness'

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum called the NRA's idea of guards on playgrounds and in schools a "preverse vision for life in America."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference by Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) executive vice president:

No legal organization in America is more responsible than the NRA for lobbying to ensure the proliferation of killer guns while denying law enforcement tools to stop killers.  Wayne LaPierre’s call for guards and guns in every school building and playground is madness and a perverse vision for life in America.

In Congress, we need to move forward comprehensive legislation that bans assault weapons, closes the gun show loop hole, prohibits high capacity magazines, and gives law enforcement the tools to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.  At the same time, Congress will protect the rights of responsible gun owners and hunters.

It is time for common sense Americans to come together to stop the NRA and make America’s neighborhoods and streets safer.

LaPierre, issuing the NRA's first statements since the Newtown, CT, shootings, stated Congress should act "immediately" to find funding for armed guards at every school in the country, and act "now."

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," he said. 

Markus December 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The Hollywood elite with their bodyguards are insisting only they are worthy of protection. Not us backwoods rednecks who don't like the gubmint. What a bunch of condescending arrogant snobs. http://www.youtube.com/user/maigcoalition?feature=watch
Susan December 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Markus, this is the same video I posted above. You have your opinion, I have mine. What is interesting is when I posted this 28 hours ago, it had just over 300,000 views. Now it is over 2.5 million...seems some people find it a good message and are passing it on to their friends, family, co-workers, etc.
Nancy Tomlinson December 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM
How intelligent and original. Anything goes wrong these days and somehow it's Obama's fault. Tell me again why Bush was never held accountable for his war crimes? For the mess in which he left our economy? In fact, it is probably jointly the Senate and the House of Representatives responsible, ergo, both parties, equally.
Markus December 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Frankly, I think the idea of armed guards at most schools is ludicrous. However, there may be a need in certain cases such as some inner city schools. If a particular school deems an armed guard necessary they should be able to have one, at their own expense of course. The point I was trying to make was that politicians and the Hollywood elite have armed bodyguards to protect them, but the idea that children should have access to that type of protection is scorned. They are hypocrites and their sanctimonious blather makes me want to puke. The thought of another federal "safety" program should make people shudder. If people really want to keep their kids safe, they shouldn't send them to the government schools. They would not only be protecting them from potential physical harm, but as an added bonus may also protect them from becoming little lemmings trained to believe that the government is the answer to all of their problems. Government is woefully inept at virtually all it endeavors to do, whether it's educating our children, "protecting" us or attempting to manage the economy, despite their good intentions. Be careful what you wish for.
Susan December 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It's at 3.5 million now...that's kind of impressive actually. I guess I didn't hear them scorn the idea, and I'm not sure that they all have body guards who are armed, but I understand your point. Way up at towards the top, CB had an idea that I added to. He brought up having some of the current staff at the school trained for conceal & carry. I thought this would be an okay idea, but I would like to see them go through the same (gun) training as the police officers. I think the bigger issue/problem with the NRA's suggestion was that they wanted every aspect of these shooting considered, when working on a resolution, EXCEPT guns. He was so arrogant about it and not even the tiniest part conciliatory, people were immediately turned off to him, and therefore his words....that's not to say that there are many who are adamantly opposed to armed guards. As I pointed out before, the vast majority of gun owners will never hurt another human being, just as a vast majority of those who are mentally ill will never hurt another human being. Why can we look at one item, but not the other?
B. Martin December 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Sure, Democrats would commit Republicans and Republicans would commit Democrats. Then we independents could solve problems.
ronda December 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you Betty. I agree with you but it is a multi-faceted issue. I would also like to see movie theatres enforce age rules. I have seen too many young children in PG13 or R rated movies, because parents don't have good judgement or don't want to pay for a babysitter. There also needs to be better judgement at home, with tv, movies and video games. Unfortunately, you can't enforce 24/7. But mandatory parenting classes could help. And if guns were locked up in homes, (not in pretty glass cases) they would not be as accessable. We need to come together as a community. Not go out and buy more assault weapons in mass because they might be unavailable.
Magnum 8 in December 25, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Betty, You hit 1/3 of your mark. Your second paragraph was right on. Your first and third paragraphs could not have been more wrong. In your first paragraph, the NRA is fighting to get guns out of killer's hands. Minnesota has 112,091 Good Guys carrying guns to stop the bad guys from killing innocents. That number grows about 2000 per month. If protecting our children means putting armed guards in our schools, then so be it. In your third paragraph, if you advocate stopping the NRA, then you are responsible for making our schools, neighborhoods, and streets unsafe. Trust that I will be campaigning against you the next time you come up for re-election.
Markus December 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Case in point. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daughters-Attend-Has-11-Armed-Guards-Not-Counting-Secret-Service
OLD MORT December 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Newtown was indeed tragic. A mentally ill person threatened by his mother with being institutionalized went on a killing spree for revenge. Does it matter what he used? Everyone is up in arms (so to speak) about assault weapons. Did you know that a 12 guage automatic shot gun loaded up with 00 Buck would've been far further deadly? Or a Remington 30.06 automatic with a 10 shot magazine would've have four times the fire power? A lowly twenty-two with a 15 round magazine is also pretty damn deadly . Enough about assault weapons. All guns are deadly...so what do we do? Ban all guns? No...that isn't going to happen. If the people and the government want to stop Newtowns from happening then they better reel in the mentally ill with sociopath problems...not the guns.
Carbon Bigfuut December 27, 2012 at 06:53 AM
The Colorado shooter at the Batman movie killed more people with his shotgun than with his AR-15.
yomammy December 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Since the AWB expired, there have been MILLIONS of AR's sold, not to mention tens of millions of scary "30 round clips". How much has crime and "assault weapon" crime gone up since the ban was lifted? Hardly ANY AT ALL. Fact is percentage wise its almost remaind unchanged...even with a million more "assault" weapons in the US. Now we see these pop up recently here, because like "pink slime" the MEDIA is drooling and grabbing at the opportunity to create a new buzz to sell to the sheep. PS..dont write back saying if it were YOUR kid the numbers would mean more....no S$%^...but try for a moment to base your judgment on fact, not feelings...
Edward December 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Don't forget armed guards at every fire so that firefighters aren't shot and killed by the arsonist when they show up to fight the fire. These nutcases are now killing people on a weekly basis all around the US.
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
you dont need guards at fires...generally. In the "inner city", anything with a flashing light is "the man" (popo) and they DO get shot at by the gang bangers and their glock fo-tays. They are not nutjobs, they are s#$t bag criminals. Criminals dont give a rip about ANY laws. Most SHOULD be in jail. just like this guy that shot the firemen. We dont have a justice system...we have a legal system.
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:12 PM
"somehow always obamas fault" Followed immediatley by "bushes fault"... Tell me how i blamed obama for the shooting in ANY possible way in my above comment. wow.
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM
It will make a TOTALLY way gooder difference this time... The media told me so... baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks for the reasonable response Susan...if this is the REAL Susan.... [squint eyes] :) I have AR's becsue they are a "blast" to shoot. very light recoil (excellent rifle for women/small folk). I fell in love with them in the Army. Now realalistically, you do NOT need thirty round mags for hunting- and I doubt you will ever see anyone using one deer hunting (if i recall, you are limited to 5 rounds) but for something like prairie dog hunting, they would come in handy so you dont have to reload constantly. Now on the NRA...I agree that I think thieir inital statment was pretty stupid. But they have to stand their ground (give an inch...) I just think they could have come up with something more sensitive/meaningful in the time they had
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks for the reasonable response Susan...if this is the REAL Susan.... [squint eyes] :) I have AR's becsue they are a "blast" to shoot. very light recoil (excellent rifle for women/small folk). I fell in love with them in the Army. Now realalistically, you do NOT need thirty round mags for hunting- and I doubt you will ever see anyone using one deer hunting (if i recall, you are limited to 5 rounds) but for something like prairie dog hunting, they would come in handy so you dont have to reload constantly. Now on the NRA...I agree that I think thieir inital statment was pretty stupid. But they have to stand their ground (give an inch...) I just think they could have come up with something more sensitive/meaningful in the time they had.
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Police at schools? dude, what rock you living under....TONS of schools have officers in them. I know we live in utopia around here, but comon...
yomammy December 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM
fort hood...dunno about that base, but MY base we are not even allowed to bring guns on post....
OLD MORT December 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I hate to sound paranoid but...this is the same way the politicians and media used to completely disarm (recently) Great Britian and Australia. Obama (I voted for him - wished I hadn't) Feinstein and many other congressmen are going to submit a bill to band all semi automatic weapons. That includes hand guns. The people in Australia and Great Britian are now completely defenseless in the face of any kind of tyranny beset upon them by their own Government or any other invading army, as are the people of China, Russia, Mexicao, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina and many other countries throughout the world. Go on youtube and let the people of Great Britian and Australia tell you about how they were so stupid to let the government do that to them...but alas...now it is too late. Do not let anti-gun people (idiots!) and the media pressure you into this Government- U.S. and U.N. agenda! If this bill passes, they will come and get your guns wether you like it or not. Don't be stupid...the second amendment is there for a purpose! Email your congressman and tell him to not take away our 2nd amendment rights! Right now if the government tried something we didn't like...we can defend ourselves! After the bill passes we are up shitcreek without a paddle. We will not be able to defend ourselves from criminals or a tyrannical government be it our own, or an invader!
DJR December 29, 2012 at 07:25 AM
@NancyTomlinson: Obama has been in office for 4 years now, so yes, it's on his shoulders. Liberals, including Obama, have blamed Bush for years, It's time to move on. People forget that Bush himself inherited a slowing economy that turned into recession thanks to Clinton. He was turning it around until 9/11. Obama is leading us into another recession because he can't lead. Oh, what war crimes?
Markus December 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
The truth about "assault" weapons from a 25 year veteran of the police specializing in firearm training. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yATeti5GmI8
Markus January 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Gun saves children. You probably won't hear about this on the 6 o'clock news. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/woman-hiding-kids-shoots-intruder/nTm7s/
Randy Marsh January 08, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Markus, I don't see how this story is even remotely relevant to what is being discussed, unless you want to suggest that this woman and her kids would all be dead if this man was carrying an automatic weapon with a 100-round clip as the NRA might suggest this violent criminal be allowed to purchase without a background check at a gun show. Maybe that is what you are also advocating, but it's hard to tell, especially when your title suggests you won't hear about this on the 6 o'clock news when the story you linked was reported by a television station (presumably on the news). It's a tiny, frightening, minority who would suggest responsible gun owners not be allowed to protect themselves in their own home with a firearm. Good for this woman and her kids, although I might suggest some additional training or time at the gun range if he survived 5 or 6 shots from close range.
yomammy January 08, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Whats a "clip"....? another lame stream media term meant to confuse/scare the sheep.
Randy Marsh January 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Or a common term that basically everybody except you understands (or is willing to spend the 7 seconds it would take to find out).
yomammy January 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
You are EXACTLY why we dont need any knee-jerk laws passed by a bunch of people that have ZERO clue what they are talking about. oh, must be like that little thing "obama care"....just go forward and pass it not knowing what it is or the ramifications.....
Randy Marsh January 08, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Please tell me what I am so clueless about so I can learn. So far you've offered nothing to dispute my comments to Markus (whose at least smart enough to know when he's over matched). Your nonsensical ramblings do nothing to further this discussion.
Markus January 08, 2013 at 11:21 PM
"Markus (whose at least smart enough to know when he's over matched)." I guess I'm not that smart. The relevance to the discussion is that many advocating gun control attempt to marginalize those who would protect themselves with a firearm or suggest someone else like a teacher would. The story's obvious lesson is that being armed most likely saved this woman and her kids from bodily harm. An armed teacher finding themselves in a situation like Newtown might be able to change the outcome. It certainly did in this case. It might make other intruders think twice as well. "It's a tiny, frightening, minority who would suggest responsible gun owners not be allowed to protect themselves" You mean like 535 people in Washington D.C.? That is definitely a tiny, frightening, minority.

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