WAYNE LAPIERRE:If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. I'll tell you what the American people-- I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe.The primary goal of the interview appeared to be to make sure all of America knew that the National Rifle Association had, indeed, devolved into a 2nd Amendment cargo cult. But both LaPierre and Sen. Lindsay Graham, appearing on the same program, wanted to make sure everyone knew what was really important. In Graham's words:
And the N.R.A. is going to try to do that. We're going to support an immediate appropriation before Congress to put police officers in every school. And we're going to work with Asa Hutchinson, who has agreed to work with us to put together a voluntary program, drawing on retired military, drawing on retired police, drawing on former Secret Service, and all these people that can actually go in and make our kids safe. That's the one thing, the one thing that we can do—
“People where I live, I’ve been Christmas shopping all weekend, have come up to me: ‘Please don’t let the government take my guns away,’ ”So apparently nobody's going up to our illustrious senators and saying "Please don't let our children be murdered in their schools," but everybody's far, far more worried that this mass murder might slightly impact their own personal gun hobbies and fetishes—and we can't have that. We care about murdered children, sure, but not that much.
Oh, and LaPierre also had some explanations of why having armed guards in schools in the past didn't solve everything, and he said our schools should be more like Israel, and that the answer is to make a national database of people who maybe will become mass murderers but that if anyone tried to close the "gun show loophole" or suggest that maybe people don't need to shoot 30 or 100 rounds off without reloading that they were anti-American and such things would not stand. Then his head spun around and he projectile vomited pea soup all over David Gregory.
So in this debate, we now have the answer from the gun manufacturers' lobby. When it comes to the NRA, at least, the 2nd Amendment is indeed a suicide pact.