As far as Armed Security goes--Read #10, then tell me why we need even more guns to solve the problem of too many guns.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is running a deeply disturbing ad that turns the national debate over gun violence into a personal attack on President Obama — and his family. In recent weeks, the NRA has put out an increasingly bizarre series of responses to the growing public demand for commonsense gun policy.1 But the extremism showcased in this ad is way over the line.2The NRA's ad centers on its ill-conceived3 demand for armed officers or guards in every American school, then suggests that Sasha and Malia shouldn't get Secret Service protection unless the president defers to the NRA's agenda.4 Dragging the president's children into this fight is a troubling new low5 — even for the NRA's notoriously callous leadership. Television executives should take a stand against giving this reprehensible ad airtime.Check out the NRA's ad for yourself — then help us ensure this kind of dangerous extremism remains on the margins where it belongs.President Obama has received an unprecedented number of death threats — upwards of 30 per day, a staggering 400% increase since 2008.6 And the NRA knows it full well: NRA Board member Ted Nugent publicly threatened to stick a machine gun in the president's mouth.7 Attacking the First Family for having a Secret Service detail would be inappropriate no matter who was the president, but the NRA's connection to a threat on Mr. Obama's life makes its decision to cut this ad truly perverse.The NRA has no sustainable solutions to reduce gun violence in our communities — because it represents gun manufacturers and dealers who prioritize profits over public safety. The NRA has repeatedly opposed any alternatives to unrestricted gun access, including long-overdue, commonsense efforts to expand background checks and outlaw high-capacity magazines.8 Through its decades-long relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the NRA has pushed legislation designed to maintain and expand the gun market at any price.9So even beyond the unacceptable personal attack against the First Family, the NRA's profit-driven policy prescriptions are just plain wrong. This past Monday, a newly-hired armed guard at a school outside Flint, Michigan left his gun unattended in a campus restroom while school was in session.10 And police officers stationed on school grounds are known to accelerate the school-to-prison pipeline, turning minor behavioral issues and administrative infractions into criminal actions — with disproportionately poor outcomes for Black children and other children of color.11,12Each time a senseless and horrific mass shooting occurs, the nation is left shocked and heartbroken — and we all hug our loved ones a little bit tighter. The NRA's response in this case — intended to whip up anger and paranoia at the president13 rather than offer any meaningful contribution to the gun violence debate — is far beyond the boundaries of legitimate public discourse.
The president's children are off limits: Tell network executives that the NRA's indefensible attack ad has no place in our homes. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.Thanks and Peace,--Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Kim, Jamar and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
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References1. "NRA spits on the graves of Newtown massacre victims with release of mobile shoot-'em-up app for iPhone, iPad," New York Daily News, 01-16-13
8. "Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on President Obama’s Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence," ColorOfChange, 01-16-13
9. "Tell ALEC's funders: No more profit-driven gun violence," ColorOfChange campaign, 01-04-13
10. "Security guard leaves gun unattended in restroom at Lapeer charter school," Flint Journal, 01-16-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2203?t=28&akid=2800.1546238.IZiiKJ11. "Report Criticizes School Discipline Measures Used in Mississippi," New York Times, 01-16-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2204?t=30&akid=2800.1546238.IZiiKJ12. "Obama’s Gun Control Plan Could Worsen School-to-Prison Pipeline," Colorlines, 11-16-13
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/2185?t=32&akid=2800.1546238.IZiiKJ13. "NRA's paranoid fantasy flouts democracy," CNN, 11-17-13