Shooting the messenger

Armed-guard plan was waved away merely because it came from the NRA

Let’s be real here.

The “mainstream” media didn’t reject out of hand the notion of putting armed guards in every school in America because it’s a bad idea. If President Obama would’ve proposed it, his lapdog media would have lapped it up dutifully.

Instead, it’s shot down because it came from the National Rifle Association.

Let’s look at the logic.

First ask yourself what might have prevented the Newtown massacre. Gun laws? Connecticut has some of the strictest in the nation. Then ask most law enforcement officers whether legal guns are even the problem in this country. They’re not. It’s illegal guns, wielded by ne’er-do-wells who don’t check the legal ads in the newspaper to see what they can and can’t do.

Could locked doors and a security system have stopped it? No. Sandy Hook had just such a system.

Again, we can look at the gun laws and have a debate about what more can be done – as long as the dialogue is reasoned, logical and dispassionate. But we’ve yet to hear any proposal that would pass constitutional muster that would prevent such crimes. There’s no such evidence from the former assault weapons ban, either.

So where is the NRA wrong when it posits that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”?

And if armed “good guys” isn't a good idea, why do so many politicians and celebrities have them?

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