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McCollum: National Rifle Association Response 'Madness'

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum called the NRA's idea of guards on playgrounds and in schools a "preverse vision for life in America."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to today’s press conference by Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) executive vice president:

No legal organization in America is more responsible than the NRA for lobbying to ensure the proliferation of killer guns while denying law enforcement tools to stop killers.  Wayne LaPierre’s call for guards and guns in every school building and playground is madness and a perverse vision for life in America.

In Congress, we need to move forward comprehensive legislation that bans assault weapons, closes the gun show loop hole, prohibits high capacity magazines, and gives law enforcement the tools to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.  At the same time, Congress will protect the rights of responsible gun owners and hunters.

It is time for common sense Americans to come together to stop the NRA and make America’s neighborhoods and streets safer.

LaPierre, issuing the NRA's first statements since the Newtown, CT, shootings, stated Congress should act "immediately" to find funding for armed guards at every school in the country, and act "now."

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

yomammy January 08, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Whats a "clip"....? another lame stream media term meant to confuse/scare the sheep.
Randy Marsh January 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Or a common term that basically everybody except you understands (or is willing to spend the 7 seconds it would take to find out).
yomammy January 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
You are EXACTLY why we dont need any knee-jerk laws passed by a bunch of people that have ZERO clue what they are talking about. oh, must be like that little thing "obama care"....just go forward and pass it not knowing what it is or the ramifications.....
Randy Marsh January 08, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Please tell me what I am so clueless about so I can learn. So far you've offered nothing to dispute my comments to Markus (whose at least smart enough to know when he's over matched). Your nonsensical ramblings do nothing to further this discussion.
Markus January 08, 2013 at 11:21 PM
"Markus (whose at least smart enough to know when he's over matched)." I guess I'm not that smart. The relevance to the discussion is that many advocating gun control attempt to marginalize those who would protect themselves with a firearm or suggest someone else like a teacher would. The story's obvious lesson is that being armed most likely saved this woman and her kids from bodily harm. An armed teacher finding themselves in a situation like Newtown might be able to change the outcome. It certainly did in this case. It might make other intruders think twice as well. "It's a tiny, frightening, minority who would suggest responsible gun owners not be allowed to protect themselves" You mean like 535 people in Washington D.C.? That is definitely a tiny, frightening, minority.

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