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Sometimes the leaders of the
Their ridicule of President Barack Obama's comprehensive response to the complex problem of gun violence includes a rejection of ideas they suggested.
Remember how NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, after the Newtown massacre, eagerly blamed just about everything but federal gun policy?
Remember how he attacked gun-free school zones, lax mental health facilities and even violent video games -- but not military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines or his own organization's resistance to such sensible ideas as background checks for gun purchasers at gun shows?
Remember how he also doubled down after astonished critics ridiculed his call for even more guns in schools, handled by "armed officers"? "If it's crazy to call for armed officers in our schools to protect our children," he said on
Well, guess what? Among his legislative gun control proposals and 23 executive actions, President Obama agreed in some form with all of those ideas from LaPierre. But don't hold your breath waiting for any semblance of looming cooperation from the NRA.
Obama called for federal aid to states for the hiring of up to 1,000 new "school resource officers," which would be specially trained police officers that work in schools where school districts want them.
He called for mental health professionals to "help prevent school crime and student-on-student violence." That proposal would include initiatives to help school staff catch symptoms of mental illness early and refer students for treatment.
President Obama even agreed that the influence of video games was worth investigating. He called for
To its credit, the
Good for them. It is an underreported scandal that, since 1996,
That helps to explain NRA President David Keene's hardline position even on issues that LaPierre proposed. Such ideas as mental health services and school resource officers are "a drop in the ocean in terms of the problem," Keene told
To help insure that
"Are the president's kids more important than yours?" the 35-second video's doomsday-voiced narrator asks. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security."
President Obama's announcement nullified the video's argument, which was ridiculous anyway. The children of presidents are protected by Secret Service not because they are "more important" than other kids but because they are more at risk.
Besides, if anybody sounds "elitist," which my dictionary defines as one who believes in "a sense of entitlement enjoyed by a group or class," it's the NRA.
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