“A gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal.”

Wayne LaPierre

NRA President Wayne LaPierre appeared on Meet the Press today to respond to the media’s panning of the organization’s first public comments since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

“I know there’s a media machine that wants to blame guns every time something happens,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I know there’s an anti-Second Amend industry in this town.”

Calling on Congress to immediately appropriate funds for school security guards, LaPierre said it would make every mom and dad feel better to have a “good guy” protecting children if “some horrible monster” tried to do something.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it…I think that is the one thing we can do immediately that would make our children safe.”

LaPierre said gun control laws aren’t going to make children safe and that the NRA would not support reducing magazine capacity or similar measures.

“We don’t think it works and we’re not going to support it,” LaPierre said. “A gun is a tool. The problem is the criminal.”

That last comment is interesting, and a part that gets overlooked int he gun control debate.

There are a lot of assumptions being made in the media-stoked hysteria following the mass murder in Connecticut. One assumption is that violent crime, and mass murders in America, are getting worse. The other is that gun control can stop that trend.

The first assumption is demonstrably false. Mass murders peaked in 1929 (not coincidentally at the height of alcohol prohibition, perhaps a lesson for the “war on drugs”), overall violent crime in America is trending down and while death from guns are increasing, that has more to do with an increase in suicides than gun murders.

America is becoming less violent, not more. Fewer people are being murdered by other people with guns. These are facts.

As to the other assumption, where has gun control worked? Places like Chicago and Washington DC, which have some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, also have some of the worst levels of crime committed with guns. Connecticut, specifically, has been held up as gun control advocates as a model of gun control policy for the rest of the nation, ranking at or near the top in lists of states with tough gun control laws. Yet, did that stop Adam Lanza and his murderous rampage?

It’s tiresome to hear those who point out these truths castigated, sometimes being called accomplices to armed gangs and mass murderers, for pointing out these truths. Gun control doesn’t work, and America’s trend is away from violent crime not toward it.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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