On school shootings the NRA was right

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13-1216 - Good Guys With GunsAfter the shooting at Newtown where police response time was over five minutes and the shooter was dead before the first police officer was on the property, the NRA proposed having armed personnel at every school. Here’s a report on their proposal from the December 21, 2012 New York Times.

WASHINGTON — After a weeklong silence, the National Rifle Association announced Friday that it wants to arm security officers at every school in the country. It pointed the finger at violent video games, the news media and lax law enforcement — not guns — as culprits in the recent rash of mass shootings.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president, said at a media event that was interrupted by protesters. One held up a banner saying, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.”

Needless to say LaPierre’s proposal was met with scorn.

The N.R.A.’s plan for countering school shootings, coming a week after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was met with widespread derision from school administrators, law enforcement officials and politicians, with some critics calling it “delusional” and “paranoid.” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican, said arming schools would not make them safer.

Even conservative politicians who had voiced support this week for arming more school officers did not rush to embrace the N.R.A.’s plan.


“Anyone who thought the N.R.A. was going to come out today and make a common-sense statement about meaningful reform and safety was kidding themselves,” said Representative Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, who has called for new restrictions on assault rifles.

You get the picture, and a quick perusal of the comments will remind you just who the New York Times caters to.

Well, it turns out – surprise, surprise – that the NRA was right and the New York Times and their readers were wrong. Again.

Fast forward one year to Arapahoe High School and last week’s shooting. One kid with a shotgun (Joe Biden’s weapon of choice) comes to school hunting for the debate coach who had dropped him from the debate team. Turns out the shooter is the poster boy for Mayor Bloomberg’s “Mayor’s Against Guns” because he’s a socialist, hates Republicans because they favor gun rights, and is a loud proponent of stricter gun laws.

The shooting at Arapahoe lasted just 80 seconds. I doubt the police had even been called by the time it was over, and even if they had been they wouldn’t have been on-scene.

CNN’s report on the shooting notes this fact 18 paragraphs into the story.

The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said.

Once he learned of the threat, he ran — accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators — from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. “It’s a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly.”

The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”

He praised the deputy’s response as “a critical element to the shooter’s decision” to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. “He went to the thunder,” he said. “He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe.”


Why did the incident only last 80 seconds? Because there was an armed guard at the school, he was on-scene immediately, the shooter knew he was there and rather than going from room to room killing people, he killed himself. Because there was immediate response from an armed individual at the scene.

I don’t expect the media to interview Mike Quigley about his statement from last year, but if the Arapahoe schools had followed his advise instead of Wayne LaPierre’s there could well be another 20 dead kids.

I also don’t expect you’ll be hearing about this much in the major media. They don’t report on good guys with guns.

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