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The NRA does NOT want a database of the mentally ill!

December 21, 2012

The media is reporting a quote from a statement made by Wayne LaPierre that is out of context, misleading and a fallacy.

The quote used in context:

“…given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill? The fact is this: That wouldn’t even begin to address the much larger, more lethal criminal class — killers, robbers, rapists, gang members who have spread like cancer in every community across our nation.”

In context the NRA is actually AGAINST a database because it won’t help!

The NRA goes on to say:

“… we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work and by that I mean armed security.”

From the same speech text the NRA has details for their plan:

“Now, the National Rifle Association knows there are millions of qualified and active retired police, active, Reserve, and retired military, security professionals, certified firefighters, security professionals, rescue personnel, an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every single school.

We could deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer, relying on the brave men and women in America’s police forces. The budgets — and you all know this, everyone in the country knows this — of our local police departments are strained, and the resources are severely limited, but their dedication and courage is second to none. And, they can be deployed right now.”

The Telegraph actually gets part of it right:  “…in calling for a database of the mentally ill. If this doesn’t represent the interference of a bloated state, and the destruction of personal freedom, what does?” …which is why the NRA won’t call for a database. Duh!

If there was a thread of moral character in the media they would properly report this; but there’s not so they won’t.

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