Last week, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, suggested that schools across the United States could be made safer if congressional action to assign armed police officers to public schools happened as soon as possible. Those comments were met with great criticism across the country and LaPierre's press conference has drawn a lot of criticism from people who watched it.
LaPierre went on NBC's 'Meet the Press' to explain his comments more and defend his thoughts on the mater and why he thinks tragic events like the Newtown, Conn., shootings can be avoided in the future.
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said to 'Meet the Press' host David Gregory. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. I know [Newtown] wants to argue about gun control. It’s not going to work. It hasn’t worked.”
The topic drifted into the assault weapons ban that California Senator Dianne Feinstein is calling for. LaPierre thinks it is baseless, calling it a “phony piece of legislation" that is “built on lies.”
“It’s not going to make any kid safer,” he said. “We’ve got to get to the real problems, the real causes, and that’s what the NRA is trying to do. I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that even if you had that. You had that for 10 years when Dianne Feinstein passed that ban in ’94. It was on the books; Columbine occurred right in the middle of it. It didn’t make any difference.”
Gregory asked LaPierre is regulating high-capacity magazine clips would help cut down on shootings, which LaPierre said would not "make one difference."
"But this is a matter of logic, Mr. LaPierre," Gregory said. "Because anybody watching this is going to say, 'Hey, wait a minute. I just heard Mr. LaPierre say that we should try anything that might reduce the violence. And you're telling me that it's not a matter of common sense that if you don't have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading, that, just possibly, you could reduce the loss of life?"
"I don't buy your argument for a minute," LaPierre said. "There are so many different ways he could've done it."
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