Wednesday, March 30, 2005
In the "Stranger Than Fiction" category, the National Rifle Association demonstrates once more why they are America's favorite family-friendly special interest:
"All options should be considered to prevent rampages like the Minnesota school shooting that took 10 lives — including making guns available to teachers, a top National Rifle Association leader said Friday.Well, sure. The NRA's long-standing solution to the carnage wrought by weapons usually includes an even wider distribution of weapons. And they can also be relied on to throw up their munitions-clutching hands in helpless frustration at the idea that any sort of controls could be successfully put on those weapons:
"I'm not saying that that means every teacher should have a gun or not, but what I am saying is we need to look at all the options at what will truly protect the students," the NRA's first vice president, Sandra S. Froman, told The Associated Press."
"Gun-control restrictions would not have prevented Jeff Weise, 16, from killing nine people and himself Monday at Red Lake High School near Bemidji, Minn.", said Froman, an attorney expected next month to be elected president of the NRA, which claims 4 million members.Everything, that is, except the obvious.
The presence of an unarmed guard at the school failed to stop the siege, she noted.
"No gun law, no policy that you could implement now or that was already implemented, I think, could possibly prevent someone so intent on destruction", she said. "I think everything's on the table as far as looking at what we need to do to make our schools safe for our students."