STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION PRESS CONFERENCE
“The NRA’s Washington leadership has long been out of step with its members, and never has that been so apparent as this morning. Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe. Leadership is about taking responsibility, especially in times of crisis. Today the NRA’s lobbyists blamed everyone but themselves for the crisis of gun violence. While they promote armed guards, they continue to oppose the most basic and common sense steps we can take to save lives – not only in schools, but in our movie theaters, malls, and streets. Enough. As a country, we must rise above special interest politics. Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns. That’s why 74 percent of NRA members support common sense restrictions like criminal background checks for anyone buying a gun. It is time for Americans who care about the Second Amendment and reasonable gun restrictions to join together to work with the President and Congress to stop the gun violence in this country. Demand a plan.”
But before they could finish their sentence, the counterargument made itself as news broke of a mass shooting event in Pennsylvania with multiple casualties, including state troopers.
According to local reports out of Blair County, at least four people were killed and five more were injured in a shooting spree near Altoona. The gunman is said to be among the dead, and at least two state troopers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
So trained professionals with guns failed to prevent four deaths.
Using LaPierre’s logic, we need armed guards at theaters, stadiums, malls, and any place people can be mass murdered. Not exactly practical or even affordable.
How about Fort Hood? There were plenty of trained gunmen were there, but somehow they couldn’t stop a massacre.
Oh, and then there was this: Columbine High School had an armed deputy.
And what about other countries that have virtually eliminated shooting deaths yet still sell video games and/or allow movies with violent content?
In other words, STFU LaPierre. You’re a disgrace.