Sunday, December 23, 2012

Lancaster Mayor on NRA Gun Plan

from our friends at PA branch of Mayors Against Illegal Guns on 12/21:

  Lancaster Mayor J. Richard Gray issued the following statement in response to the NRA’s press conference minutes after a shooting spree in Blair County killed four people, including the gunman, and injured three state troopers:

            “Today, in a bizarre and chilling press conference, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre offered a plan to install armed guards in every U.S. elementary school. ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ he said. But he was dead wrong. Just before that press conference took place in the nation’s capital, a gunman shot and killed three people, and wounded three State Troopers in Blair County, Pennsylvania. It’s never been more clear to me that the gun lobby’s vision for this country is not just misguided; it poses a danger to all of us. There are 12,000 gun murders every year in the U.S. To stem that violence, we need to require a criminal background check for every gun sale and keep military style weapons off our streets. But the absolute last thing we need is more guns near our first graders. If that’s the NRA’s top solution, then I’d recommend that responsible gun owners in Pennsylvania find themselves a more rational organization to support.”

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