In the wake of a recent mass shooting, we again collectively ask ourselves “What can we do to protect our young people?”
The recent shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College that left ten people dead and nine injured predictably sparked another passionate national dialogue on a number of issues related to the shooting, including mental health, the increase in mass shootings in recent years, and gun control.
While those are indeed valid topics for discussion and debate, many people also believe that those issues are going to take some time to figure out.
A more urgent question may be, “What can we do right now to protect our children and adults in school when the next mass shooting is attempted?”
This episode of the NRA’s Defending Our America asks that very question, and offers at least one possible answer.
In 2012, following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre declared that, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
While the statement was at the time ridiculed by many on the left, reality has shown LaPierre’s declaration to be largely correct.
More concerned parents and citizens are coming to the realization that in the overwhelming majority of incidents like those in Newtown and Umpqua, a good guy with a gun is indeed the single common denominator that puts an immediate end to a mass shooting.
The men in the video discuss this openly and with no small amount of frustration, as they also address some of the resistance they have come up against when presenting the idea to people and institutions that need it most.
Let us encourage you to add your voice to the discussion.