He asked for it: On Sunday morning’s Meet the Press, National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre said, “If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.” Okay, Wayne. You’re crazy. And you kinda sound like a more militant Carly Rae Jepsen.
Hoping to hit host David Gregory close to home, the NRA’s LaPierre asserted, “Most of the media, they’re protected by armed guards.” Yeah, sure, that’s true: In peaceful moments, I ask my armed guard to DVR any shows I might miss before we go out together to buy coffee.
More seriously, Gregory asked LaPierre, “Is there no new gun regulation you would support?” and the NRA prez refused to answer. An exasperated Gregory characterized LaPierre’s responses as “a complete dodge.”
LaPierre’s model for school safety was a program “like they have an Israel … they put armed security in every school and they haven’t had a problem [since].”
Guest Sen. Chuck Schumer later responded on the same show that LaPierre’s position is “so extreme and so tone-deaf, he actually helps the cause [of gun control… He is so doctrinaire and so adamant, I think many gun owners don’t support him.”
Want an example of what LaPierre’s rhetoric leads to? On Friday’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, author Steve Siebold told substitute host Michael Smerconish that if his child was being taught by a teacher who refused to learn how to use a gun and carry it in the classroom, he’d take his kid out of the school and find a school where the educators do pack heat:
TV is providing us with quite a few glimpses of how extreme the positions are when there is now such an ardent call for a response to the Newtown, CT, massacre.