December 21, 2012
NRA head Wayne LaPierre speaks a week after the Newtown shooting.
NRA head Wayne LaPierre speaks a week after the Newtown shooting.

The National Rifle Association seems to have needed the past week to compile its list of parties responsible for the Newtown shooting. In today’s presser, NRA head Wayne LaPierre spread blame generously: a society and politicians that boast about schools as gun-free zones and leave principals unarmed; evil monsters; media that give notoriety to shooters, demonize gun owners and promote disinformation; a nation that refuses to create a national database of the mentally ill; video game makers and Hollywood movie producers. His bottom line was hardly surprising: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But his lack of humility was bold. There was even an I-told-you-so moment, when he reminded those in attendance of his call after the Virginia Tech shooting for armed security at schools. He doubled down on that prescription today with a proposal of armed police at “every single school in this nation.” The NRA’s support may be affected by the Newtown shooting, but apparently not the NRA’s discourse.