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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:08 AM

Connecticut School Officials Blast NRA’s Reaction To Newtown

Source: Think Progress

Connecticut School Officials Blast NRA’s Reaction To Newtown
By Igor Volsky on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

Teachers, school superintendents, mayors and police chiefs in Connecticut are rejecting the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) response to the shooting in Newtown, describing the gun lobby’s proposal to equip schools with armed guards and more guns as too simplistic, shameful, and opportunistic.

One Connecticut school superintendent dismissed the NRA’s suggestion as “an ill-conceived reaction from an organization that does not have any credibility or expertise with respect to addressing school violence” and said that the idea “is an excuse for not addressing the need to enact meaningful safe gun legislation in conjunction with an investment in mental health services.” Putnam Police Chief Rick Hayes called the proposal “scary,” noting that teachers can’t possibly have the kind of training necessary to safely handle large weapons.

In fact, newspaper headlines across the state flatly rejected militarizing Connecticut schools:





Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/22/1373121/connecticut-school-officials-blast-nras-reaction-to-newtown/

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:18 AM

1. It's also profiteering by the NRA

they'll tell you how to "keep your school safe" for a "small" fee, and sell you the guns. They'll also train you for another "small" fee.

They're pirates, plain and simple. Fuck 'em with a dirty, tetanus- and syphilis-infected fork.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:26 AM

2. So right

Funny out of all the possible replies, and they were legion, they chose the one that enriches them and the gun mfg. So Surprising, I'm truly shocked!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:12 PM

9. Pirates. That is precisely how pirates worked.

They were a protection racket.

In a way, the NRA is also a protection racket.

They have sold the idea of buying their products -- guns -- in order to protect yourself from their products -- guns. Their protection racket is very clever. It works like drugs except on the whold nation not just on the addict. The more guns out there, the more likely you are to get shot, the more you need guns.

Oh, and ever more powerful guns. And then of course you need target practice and additional magazines or clips or whatever. It's a real racket.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:39 AM

3. I hope the NRA keeps it up, if they do, we may possibly have them to thank for legislation

that could actually save lives.

The backlash has only just begun for these idiots.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:47 AM

4. Colt

Here is how CT based Colt firearms responded on their website


"Colt and its employees join the rest of the world in mourning the tragic events that occurred in Newton, Connecticut on Friday, December 14. Our hearts go out to our fellow Connecticut residents in the wake of the unimaginable losses they have suffered."

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"WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Colt Defense LLC and its employees join the rest of the nation in mourning the tragic events that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14. Our hearts go out to our fellow Connecticut residents who have suffered such unimaginable loss. While we have received press inquiries regarding the incident, we do not believe it is appropriate to make further public statements at this very emotional time."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:48 AM

5. I wish area superintendents would call the idea idiotic rather than short-sighted as if

in some reality, it would be the right answer, just not a good long-term solution.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:07 PM

6. The Republican party and it's arms just keeps doubling down on stupid

And is going to push itself out of relevancy if they keep it up.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:01 PM

7. Their minions demand stupid

The higher the stupid is turned up, the more excited they get.

Looking at a timeline of shootings, the higher they turn up the stupid the more shootings there are. The two things are inextricably intertwined.

http://timelines.latimes.com/deadliest-shooting-rampages/

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:08 PM

8. The NRA reminds me of the abusing spouse who tells the other spouse, "You shouldn't let me do

that to you."

The NRA is not taking responsibility for its own actions. The NRA glorifies guns and violence and "self-defense" when it should be glorifying peace and kindness and self-control.

If I were to make a list of the insane who should not have guns, the name "Wayne La Pierre" would be at the top of the first page.

Schools should not need security guards. If our gun owners are so craven that we have to prevent them from taking their guns into our schools, we need to start questioning our gun policy.

But I suspect it will take more shocking incidents before the people who really need to change, the gun owners themselves, take any action.

Maybe we should require all gun owners to take anger management courses each year. If you want to have a gun, you have to pass an anger management class and present a certificate each year.

Parents accused of child abuse in LA County are sometimes required to take those courses. I would rather see that than see children going into schools with armed guards at the doors.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:03 PM

10. Good. Excellent, well thought about response. This is how ALL America should be, right now. eom

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:15 PM

11. I quit the NRA when they became the NARA. I hope this dystopian, Police-State scheme from these ...

 

... soul-less manipulators and exploiters leads to yet another exodus of current members.

Had I not already quit the "National Assault Rifle Association," I would do so again.

Durn: Now I wish that I had signed up so that I COULD quit again.



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