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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

Making Our Nation's School Children Safer

T

o understand the current state of
the gun-ban crowd's "conversation" about destroying the Second
Amendment, it boils down to this:
insanity versus sanity.
With the horrific series of mass murders
culminating in the cold-blooded killing of
children and teachers at the Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last

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December, this latest iteration of "gun control" is entirely directed at making the sane
pay the price for unthinkable acts committed by the insane. It is the root of the civil
disarmament movement in America today.
The Sandy Hook rampage was the evil
work of an individual who was clearly
insane. There is no question. Adam Lanza,
according to reports, had been planning
his attack on children-the most innocent among us-for years.
Reportedly, he considered himself
in competition with other mass killers

around the world and scored his own
planned massacre against their records
of slaughter. In his obsession with
murder, he logged and researched those
killing sprees in preparation for his own.
But Lanza was not in a class of one.
The July 20, 2012 murder of 12 and
wounding of 70 midnight movie patrons
in Aurora, Colo., was committed by a person who was under psychiatric care at the
college he attended. His psychiatrist had
reported to campus police that he had
homicidal thoughts and was a danger
to the public, according to court documents. Insane? There is no question.
The Tucson, Ariz., murder of six people and wounding of 13 others including U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in January
2011 was the work of an insane, deeply
disturbed individual, Jared Lee Loughner,
whose own parents feared his behavior.
Insane? There is no doubt.
But for the evil acts of these and
other deranged killers, all of the sane
people in America are supposed to pay
the price with the loss of our freedom.
On its face, that very concept is, well,
insane. And the gun-banners know it.
They cynically exploit these tragedies and
their elite media enablers amplify what
they, too, know to be a big lie: that, somehow, homicidal maniacs are going to be
stopped through legislation, as if you can
legislate morality, or sanity, for that matter.
Vice President Joe Biden-President
Barack Obama's personal czar for "gun
control"-is demanding all sorts of
concessions of personal liberty from
millions of peaceable Americans when
it comes to the Second Amendment.
Proposals run from bans on high-capacity magazines, to bans on all manner of
semi-automatic firearms, to their massive
de facto registration scheme under the
guise of "universal background checks,"
which Biden threatens "is just the beginning" of forcing their radical agenda.

All of this comes with the Sandy Hook
school massacre cynically used as a rationale to chip away at Americans' liberty.
In late January, NBC headlined its
coverage of a Biden meeting with gun-ban
Senate Democrats with this: "Biden: New
gun controls likely won't end shootings"
and quoted Obama's official gun-ban czar
as saying, "Nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the
possibility of another mass shooting. ..."
So what on earth is all this push for
massive new gun controls on innocent
citizens about? In a March 31 diatribe
against the NRA, The Boston Globe let the
cat out of the bag:
"The National Rifle Association has
been heartened by the chance to isolate
Loughner and Lanza from the rest of the
gun owning universe; reports of their
bizarre behavior seem to put them in a
class by themselves."
Got that? The "rest of the gun owning
universe"-you and me, our friends and
families-are deemed as guilty as the
insane killers, just because we own guns.
Although the Globe admits, "The
unfortunate truth is that none of the gun
control proposals on the table would necessarily have stopped Lanza or Loughner.
For gun control supporters, there is no
point in denying it," it goes on to say:
"But this is hardly a reason to stop
pushing for tighter gun laws... Gun
control is a cause in itself. ..."
And that is insane.
But I'll tell you what is sane: providing
on-the-scene school security to confront
immediate threats to our nation's kids.
That was NRA's goal when we enlisted
former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson to lead
a multi-faceted task force to comb the
nation for the best measures to heighten
school security-immediate steps to
make children safer. We fully funded the
study, but gave him total independence.
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