Newtown Parent: NRA 'Playing to People's Fears'

During a press conference Friday, the NRA laid out a proposal that included installing armed security officials in every U.S. school.


Asked for a reaction to Friday’s statement from the NRA that on-site armed security officials should be installed in every American school by next month, a grassroots organization out of Newtown said its core mission remains unchanged.

“Newtown United stands with the children, the teachers, the community, and the families touched by the massacre of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14,” Rob Cox, a spokesperson for Newtown United, told Patch in an email. 

“We are united with the country to drive national efforts to turn the tide on gun violence,” Cox continued. “We are dedicated to ensuring the senseless act of violence that occurred in Newtown is never repeated.”

The National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people last week in Sandy Hook and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The statements came about 90 minutes after Newtown and much of the nation observed a moment of silence for the 20 schoolchildren and six adults killed during the Dec. 14 shooting. It also came at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

LaPierre also railed against violent video games, accusing the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Suzy DeYoung, a parent coach and Newtown resident for nine years who has three children, said LaPierre was playing to people’s fears.

“People are much smarter than this,” DeYoung said. “He is saying we need to be protected from guns by more guns. This lack of logic speaks for itself, and I truly believe the response you are abut to see from parents all around the world will offer better commentary than I ever could."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, said that while she supports an increase in gun control and personally does not believe in guns at all, that the larger problem goes "way beyond that."

"The problem we have is our immunity to violence as a society as a whole," she said. "Violent video games, violent movies, addiction to horror films. We've developed immunity to violence and violent images."

Zachos said she worried about taking her children to the mall during Halloween because they'd be exposed to troubling images. And she said that after Friday's shooting, she’d be even more careful.

"Going forward, I feel i'm going to have ask people, 'Do you have a gun?' before we go for a playdate," she said.

"We have police to protect this community,” she said. “If someone wants to keep something, one small thing that will make them feel safe, that's their prerogative. But there's no need for semi-automatic weapons at home. None. Absolutely none."

Patch Editor John Ness contributed to this report.

Mommy December 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Put a teacher in every gun store.
socrates December 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Nancy Lanza is ultimately responsible for this tragedy. She made those weapons available to Adam. Yet Adam did not learn to kill people from Nancy. He learned that from Hollywood and from video games. He had no conscience because he was a sociopath and should have been treated long ago. Mentally ill children like this have no business in normal schools.Mainstreaming of autistic children is a mistake. A huge mistake.
joe_m December 22, 2012 at 02:06 PM
You paint with a broad brush with very little real information. Please, what is your basis from facts not conjecture?
Sean M December 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
We still do not have all the facts in this case. 1. This maniac was not legally allowed to own guns. 2. It is a felony to bring a gun onto school grounds. 3. Schools are gun free zones by law. 4. A lot of people do not understand what an assault weapon is. It is a term coined in the early 1990s by gun control advocates. I am not a huge gun person. I have been asking a lot of questions of gun owners much more knowledgeable than I am. My conclusions: 1. Passing laws do not stop criminal actions. We have laws against using drugs, murder, and theft. They still happen. Why? Because laws do not control behavior, they are designed to punish behavior. 2. Gun free zones do not keep people safe. They actually create targets for people who want to hurt people. A basic premise in life is the concept of "path of least resistance." Water takes it and so do evil people. We never hear about mass shootings at gun stores. Why? Because anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that there are people there who are armed. 3. People must take responsibility for their own protection. We cannot expect the police to protect us. We must be prepared for what comes our way. For example, people out in the rural areas should have generators to prepare for the storms of the past few years. In shootings, the police will never get there fast enough to stop them.
Sean M December 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
4. Too many people react emotionally before getting all the facts or thinking things through. The Left's reaction for gun control is not because they have evidence it will stop these things, but because of their ideology. 5. Americans are grossly uninformed on the history of the Constitution and our rights. I have seen this first hand in the debate on political signs in Woodbury and seeing it again on guns. The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It was written in to the Constitution for a very specific reason: citizens must be equipped to keep the over reaching push of government. The concept of militias was included so that people organize locally to defend themselves. 6. I believe there is a need to make changes to involuntary commitment laws. I do not know what the exact answer is on this one, but it needs objective review.


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