By Jim Allen, Editor, NuVoteReach
Columbine Survivor Karissa Marcum NRA’s Wayne LaPierre (Credit:AFP/Getty)
The NRA on Friday put forward what they previewed in a written statement on Tuesday as “meaningful contributions to help make sure” a tragedy like Sandy Hook or Columbine “never happens again.” But a Columbine survivor says the NRA plan to place armed guards in schools is not a good one.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference Friday in Washington, DC. LaPierre also called on Congress “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.”
Karissa Marcum, now 28, was a ninth grader at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO on that fateful April day in 1999 when two of her school mates killed 13 people and wounded many others before committing suicide. There was an armed guard on duty at Columbine, who was quickly joined by a second armed officer who was nearby, both of whom fired at one of the shooters, but both failed to stop him.
Reporter Ginny Simone, in her NRA News webcasts this week, was essentially the first to break the NRA’s early-week silence on Sandy Hook.
“…As the nation continues to mourn the loss of the 26 innocent victims” [President Obama has ordered the drafting of legislation]. “Measures that would likely include the assault-weapons ban because word from the White House is that the ban remains a commitment of the president,” Simone said, adding “a ban we all know was a failed experiment from the start.
“…And you look at Connecticut, and they’re number five when it comes to the strictest gun laws in the country,” Simone said in a webcast this week.
“If one of those [Sandy Hook] school administrators that first confronted him [the shooter] had a firearm, we might not be talking about what we’re talking about today,” opined Simone.
But as someone who has lived through a diabolical massacre, Marcum says having armed guards in school is not the right approach. “That’s a tough one,” she sighed, early on Friday morning, a week to the day after Sandy Hook.
“I firmly believe that even if we posted a security guard at every school, grocery store and movie theater, it wouldn’t be a guarantee [that Columbine or Sandy Hook types of violence would not happen],” said Marcum
“When someone is bent on destruction, a security guard who is outgunned is likely to be outmatched by a mad man, nine times out of ten…May we see God’s great mercy,” Marcum continued.
“We talk about gun control and other preventative measures because we are trying not only to stop these things from happening again, but because we are trying to answer the fundamental question of why? How could someone plot the murder of children?” Marcum added.
America appears to be on the verge of making concerted attempts to curb what President Obama on Wednesday called “the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country,” while announcing the creation of a task force commissioned to find solutions, which has convened, led by Vice President Joe Biden.