Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun-control advocates take aim at NRA's Sandy Hook response

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

As the National Rifle Association today called for armed guards in schools across the country, you could hear a collective groan from, well, everyone else not in the NRA.

Among them, state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) who released a statement this afternoon saying he was "alarmed and perplexed" by comments made today by Wayne LaPierre.

Speaking at a press conference, LaPierre said that society already relies on guns in the hands of qualified professionals, so why not bring those professionals to schools?

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

Frankel believes LaPierre missed the point, and is calling for a comprehensive solution "to this gun epidemic."

"But no one, including our law enforcement officials, is safe from the damaging effects of high-capacity assault weapons," Frankel said in a statement. "For that reason, I believe we need to ask ourselves, 'What are we doing to stop bad guys from obtaining these weapons in the first place?'"

Gun-control advocacy group CeaseFirePA, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying LaPierre's appearance showed the NRA was "completely out of step with the public, which has been calling for leadership and real action on the issue of how to keep our families safe from gun violence. The NRA’s solution -- more guns in our schools -- is an acknowledgment that it has nothing to contribute to a meaningful dialogue about how to reduce gun violence."



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