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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: “Opportunists are exploiting tragedy for political gain … schools must be hardened targets”

This news story was published on February 22, 2018.
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – The National Rifle Assoication’s Wayne LaPierre spoke Thursday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland and blasted “opportunists” who “exploit tragedy for political gain” in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting.


Wayne LaPierre
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Thank you very much. I appreciate this opportunity. We have a serious discussion ahead, and serious issues that impact every one of us.

Just a week ago, we were all horrified by another terrible tragedy at an American school. Each and every member of the National Rifle Association mourns the loss of the innocent and continues to keep their families and that community in our prayers. We share a goal of safe schools, safe neighborhoods and a safe country.

As usual, the opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain. Saul Alinsky would have been proud—the breakneck speed of calls for more gun-control laws and the breathless national media eager to smear the NRA.

Think about that. In the midst of genuine grief and very understandable passion—as millions of Americans search for meaningful solutions—what do we find? Chris Murphy and Nancy Pelosi and more, cheered on by the national media, eager to blame the NRA and call for even more government control.

They hate the NRA, hate the Second Amendment, hate individual freedom. In the rush of calls for more government, they have revealed their true selves. These elites don’t care—not one wit—about America’s schoolchildren. If they truly cared, they’d protect them.

For them, it’s not a safety issue. It’s a political issue. They care about control—more of it. Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearm freedom so they can eradicate all individual freedoms.

They want more restrictions on the law-abiding. Think about that. Their solution is to make you and me less free.

They want to sweep under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI. They fantasize about more laws stopping what other laws fail to stop.

Laws succeed when people obey them. That’s what the law-abiding majority practices. But once again, so many existing laws were ignored.

Their laws don’t stop illegal criminals from crossing our borders every day. Their laws don’t stop the scourge of gang violence and drug crime that savages Baltimore and Chicago and every major urban community. Their laws haven’t stopped the plague of opioids and Chinese fentanyl from Mexico that flood American streets and kill victims every single day. No wonder law-abiding Americans revere their Second Amendment freedom to protect themselves—now more than ever.

They don’t care if their laws work or not—they just want to get more laws to get more control over the people. But the NRA does care. We are Americans who continue to mourn, care and contribute real solutions to this very real problem. Real, practical action to truly protect our children.

Think about it. It is a bizarre fact that, in this country, our jewelry stores are more important than our children. Our banks, our airports, our NBA games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians—they are all more protected than our children at school.

Do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children? Can we answer that question honestly, knowing that we surround and protect so much with armed security while we drop our kids off at schools—those so-called gun-free zones—that are wide open targets for any crazed madman bent on evil to come there first.

In every community in America, school districts and PTAs, teachers’ unions and local law enforcement, and moms and dads must come together to implement the very best strategy to harden their schools including effective, trained armed security that will absolutely protect every innocent child. And that has to happen now. Evil walks among us and God help us if we don’t harden our schools and protect our kids.

The whole idea from some of our opponents that armed security makes us less safe is ridiculous. If that’s true, remove it from everywhere—from the White House, from Capitol Hill, from all of Hollywood.

Any American school that needs immediate professional consultation and help with organizing and defining these solutions should call the NRA National School Shield Program and we will provide immediate assistance, absolutely free. That is more than anybody at the Democrat National Committee or NBC News or The Washington Post is offering.

The shameful politicizing of tragedy is a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement.

In my three decades of leading the NRA, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of Democrats who believed America to be the greatest country in the world because of our free-market capitalism and individual constitutional freedom. But during the last decade—the Obama decade—many of those leaders have been forced out as a tidal wave of new European-style socialists have seized control of the Democrat Party.

Obama’s promised fundamental transformation of our country began with his own national party—a party that is now infested with saboteurs who don’t believe in capitalism, don’t believe in the Constitution, don’t believe in our freedom and don’t believe in America as we know it. Obama may be gone, but their utopian dream for America marches on.

And President Trump’s election, while critical, can’t turn away the wave of these new European-style socialists bearing down upon us. I’m not just talking about Bernie Sanders—he’s near the end of his career.

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bill DeBlasio, Andrew Cuomo, Corey Booker, Christopher Murphy and Keith Ellison. They are not Democrats in the mold of John F. Kennedy or Tip O’Neill. They hide behind labels like “Democrat,” “left-wing” and “progressive” to make their socialist agenda more palatable.

That is terrifying. And that should terrify every citizen who values the American ideal of individual liberty.

They have politicized the Department of Justice, weaponized the Internal Revenue Service and the EPA, perhaps crippled the FBI and the intelligence community, and seized the embedded leadership of them all to advance their agenda. Absolute control of every corner of our government is their ultimate dream.

These intellectual elites think they’re smarter than the rest of us, better than we are. The privileged and powerful think they deserve to be in charge of every lever of power.

The U.S. Constitution makes absolutely clear that they are not in charge—We the People are in charge! But Washington likes to ignore that.

Our intelligence community shrouds everything in secrecy, driving into darkness every dirty memo and every dirty institutional memory in the name of national security. But when the leaks come, as so often occurs, the light of day reveals nothing about the security of our country and everything about the corruption of those in power. That’s because in a captive society the loss of transparency results in the loss of truth. They also eliminate internal resistance of wrongdoing in these great institutions.

There is no stronger supporter of our law enforcement community than the NRA. There are tens of thousands of incredible men and women at the FBI. These are honorable, decent, hard-working people dedicated to keeping our country safe. But, as we’ve learned in recent months, even the FBI is not free of its own corruption, its own unethical agents.

I can understand a few bad apples in an organization as large as the FBI. But what is hard to understand is why no one at the FBI stood up and called BS on its rogue leadership.

Where was the systemic resistance and repulsion that should protect every powerful institution that serves us? The lowest ranking Marine knows to resist an unlawful order. The rank and file in every powerful institution must police its own leadership.

But in still too much of today’s Washington, no one speaks out. No one challenges authority. Everyone keeps their mouths closed and their heads down and that is exactly how socialist societies function.

When leaders do whatever they want, when resistance and repercussion disappears, when the fundamental concept of moral behavior is expunged, the state rules the day and anyone who attempts to resist is smeared into submission.

Ah yes, we do live in the age of the socialist smear. The art of the smear. It doesn’t have to be true, it just has to stick somewhere, anywhere. It’s designed to degrade and destroy all over the national media to serve their agenda.

And socialism is a movement that loves the smear. Racist, misogynist, sexist, xenophobe and more. These are the weapons of vitriol these character assassins scream to permanently hang on their targets and create a growing segment of victims, because socialism feeds off manipulated victims. You name the group and they will find a way to turn them into victims.

They keep their movement growing by finding something to be offended by every minute of every day. From the Occupy Movement to Black Lives Matter to Antifa. They agitate the offended, promote uncivil discourse and ignore any sense of due process and fairness to destroy their enemies.

The elimination of due process is the gold standard of the socialist state. Imagine telling an elderly couple, because they sought help to do their taxes, that they could no longer exercise their fundamental Second Amendment right. That’s what Obama did.

His administration proposed that some social security recipients who granted financial authority to a family member or friend or financial professional was banned from purchasing a firearm. No questions asked, just like that. Good, law-abiding people were automatically and unjustly declared mentally incompetent and put on a new government list.

Oh, how socialists love to make lists—especially lists that can be used to deny citizens their basic freedoms. And now, some people are calling for a new list of anyone who has sought mental health care, to deny them their Second Amendment rights.

Look, the NRA originated the National Instant Check System. It was our bill. No one on the prohibited persons list should ever have access to a firearm—no killer, no felon, no drug dealer. And anyone adjudicated as mentally incompetent or a danger to society should be added to the check system and prevented from getting their hands on a gun.

Watch what I released three years ago and the media machine so callously ignored.


That’s not a new video. I’ve said that for years, and for years I’ve been ignored by the same opportunists who don’t give a damn.

Here’s what I said on CBS way back in 1993, 25 years ago.


Now here’s the real tragedy. Charles Schumer shook my hand to get all the mental health records into the system, and then went back to Capitol Hill and did absolutely nothing. How many lives might have been saved if he had just kept his promise?

They are liars to their core and I’ll make this prediction right now: A year from today, those records may still not be in the system—not if some of these whining-for-television politicians have their way. Instead, they’ll keep coming after the NRA when another monster slips through the very cracks they’ve enabled in the system as the records of prohibited persons remain out of the database.

But we must be careful it doesn’t become a runaway train. What if your medical records, perhaps your conversations with your doctor, your prescription information—do we really want all that on a government list?

Here’s another one. A military veteran goes to his or her local VA and tells the doctor they’re having trouble sleeping at night. Or anyone who shares their nightmares with a medical professional. They all become potential triggers that somebody somewhere could define as a mental health barrier to owning a firearm.

I even heard a talking head on television suggest that people seeking to buy a firearm be interviewed first. Interviewed first? Who will conduct that interview? And what will they ask?

That’s the challenge we as a free society face. How do we create a step along the way called “due process” that protects the innocent, law-abiding people of this country from being falsely accused, politically abused and permanently stigmatized unjustly?

Come on, socialists oppose all of our most fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights. They don’t like free speech. Only limited speech, controlled speech. Controlled by them through Safe Speech Zones, where they can shame the outspoken or riot to shut them up. If you still think we have full First Amendment freedom in this country, try going to Berkeley and speaking out in favor of conservative issues or even the Second Amendment.

This growing socialist state dreams of manipulating schoolchildren to squeeze and seize information about their parents. They’ll be asking your kids if Mommy and Daddy spank them, or what Mommy and Daddy feeds them for dinner. They’ll want to know what TV shows you watch, what magazines and newspapers you read and, oh yes, if Mommy and Daddy own a gun.

All that private information will be entered into that ultimate list—that cloud of data storage—that couldn’t care less about due process and constitutional protection of your privacy. And then, it’s just a short hop to the systematic destruction of our most basic values—family, faith, individual responsibility and self-destiny, a free-market economy, patriotism, respect for our national flag and anthem, personal liberty and justice for all.

Going back a decade or more, these essential values have been increasingly ridiculed, disrespected and diminished. It won’t take long to erase them completely. That’s the real consequence of this new socialist wave in America.

I hear the quiet in this room. I sense your anxiety. You should be anxious. You should be frightened. If they seize power—if the socialists take over the House and Senate and if, God forbid they get the White House again—our American freedoms could be lost and our country changed forever. And the first to go will be Second Amendment freedom.

History proves it. Every time, in every nation in which this political disease rises to power, its citizens are repressed, their freedom destroyed and their firearms banned and confiscated. It’s all backed by the social engineering billions of George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and more, and gleefully promoted by those who have risen to power in the national news media and seized control of social media to spread their propaganda.

They don’t tell us the news. They tell us what to think.

On our college campuses, The Communist Manifesto is one of the most frequently assigned texts. Karl Marx is the most assigned economist. There are now over 100 chapters of the Young Democratic Socialists of America and, at many universities, students earn academic credit for promoting socialist causes. In too many classrooms, the U.S. Constitution is ignored, U.S. history perverted, the Second Amendment despised.

You know, some people think the NRA should just stick to its Second Amendment agenda and not talk about all of our freedoms. But real freedom requires the protection of all of our rights. And a Second Amendment isn’t worth its own words in a country where all individual freedoms are destroyed.

So the NRA will not only speak out, we will speak out louder and stronger than ever before. Through NRATV, our media operations will expand to reach a growing audience of Americans looking for truth. Strong voices like Dana Loesch and Dan Bongino and others are engaging in new programming to make our message just as accessible as NBC, The New York Times and the rest of the national news media.

Let’s be clear. WE ARE NEVER talking about an armed resistance against the socialist corruption of our government. WE ARE ALWAYS talking about a resistance armed with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The genius of those documents, the brilliance of America itself, is that all of our freedoms are for every single citizen. And there is no greater personal, individual freedom than the right to keep and bear arms—the right to survive. Not bestowed by man, but granted by God as our American birthright.

I call on every citizen who loves this country and treasures its freedom to stand and unflinchingly defend the Second Amendment, the one freedom that protects us all.

I refuse to leave this stage until I say, one more time, that we must immediately harden our schools. Every day, young children are being dropped off at schools that are virtually wide open, soft targets for anyone bent on mass murder. It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store.

Schools must be the most hardened targets in the country. Evil must be confronted immediately with all force necessary to protect our kids.

I said that five years ago, after the tragedy in Newtown. I wish, oh God, I wish more had heeded my words.

So, lean in. Listen to me now and never forget these words. To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.

Thank you.

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66 Responses to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: “Opportunists are exploiting tragedy for political gain … schools must be hardened targets”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    School prayer was banned in 1962-1963
    School shootings have skyrocketed since

    Correlation? Not if you’re a liberal.

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      February 24, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thank you, but I would have thought that the Christian teacher would have known some American history, or could have figured it out.

      • Joe Reply Report comment

        February 24, 2018 at 9:31 am

        You’re about as sharp as the leading edge of a marble, Allen.

  2. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    But wait, the key word in BC’s question is, ( ever )

    53 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have taken money from the NRA are:
    Jason Altmire (PA);
    Joe Baca (CA);
    John Barrow (GA);
    Marion Berry (AR);
    Sanford Bishop (GA);
    John Boccieri (OH);
    Dan Boren (OK);
    Leonard Boswell (IA);
    Rick Boucher (VA);
    Allen Boyd (FL);

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      So what is the ratio of NRA money to the Republicans vs Democrats there Allen?

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 5:52 pm

        Oh wait, there’s more.

        Bobby Bright (AL);
        Chris Carney (PA);
        Ben Chandler (KY);
        Jerry Costello (IL);
        Henry Cuellar (TX);
        Lincoln Davis (TN);
        John Dingell (MI);
        Joe Donnelly (IN);
        Chet Edwards (TX);
        Brad Ellsworth (IN);
        Bart Gordon (TN);
        Gene Green (TX);
        Deborah Halvorson (IL);
        Martin Heinrich (NM);
        Brian Higgins (NY);

      • bodacious Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        He won’t answer you or he can’t answer you because it doesn’t matter to him who they gave the most money to, it just matters that they tried to buy off all of the politicians. They just found more willing conspirators among the republicans.

        • Allen Reply Report comment

          February 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

          Since you mentioned answering questions, why didn’t you answer my question from, February 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm. I’d be interested in a Christian teachers answer.

          • bodacious

            February 24, 2018 at 8:58 am

            I didn’t answer because you said you weren’t going to discuss it. As far as my Christian views, I believe God doesn’t wait to be invited in to someplace before he enters. There is no law anywhere that says one cannot pray in schools. What it does say is that the school cannot force people to pray or impose prayers on its population. In many schools, there is an FCA organization. (FCA is Fellowship of Christian Athletes). I have no problem with that and think it is a wonderful organization. Answer your question?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm

        Hey Allen, here is a very partial list of NRA contributions among Federal Candidates, 2016 Cycle.
        The list is actually 3 pages long (see below link).
        How many are Republicans vs how many are Democrats?

        Blunt, Roy (R-MO) Senate $11,900
        Comstock, Barbara (R-VA)House $10,400
        Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $9,900
        Coffman, Mike (R-CO) House $9,900
        Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) Senate $9,900
        Guinta, Frank (R-NH) House $9,900
        Hardy, Cresent (R-NV) House $9,900
        Hurd, Will (R-TX) House $9,900
        Katko, John (R-NY) House $9,900
        Mills, Stewart (R-MN) House $9,900
        Paul, Rand (R-KY) Senate $9,900
        Poliquin, Bruce (R-ME) House $9,900
        Portman, Rob (R-OH) Senate $9,900
        Rubio, Marco (R-FL) Senate $9,900
        Zeldin, Lee (R-NY) House $9,900
        Heck, Joe (R-NV) House $8,900
        Hoeven, John (R-ND) Senate $8,450
        Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) Senate $8,450
        Blum, Rod (R-IA) House $7,450

        • Allen Reply Report comment

          February 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

          I’m going to plagiarize myself and say, “nice deflection, you moron”. The original question, (So, is everyone in agreement……there aren’t ANY Democrats that have ever taken any money or campaign contributions from the NRA?) didn’t ask how much, it asked if there were any. I, answered the question, so you and your sister can spin it any way you want.

          • Anonymous

            February 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

            Allen, you really are a simple minded sheep.

      • Joe Reply Report comment

        February 24, 2018 at 9:28 am

        So Allen since you chided someone else about not anwering a question, still waiting your answer to the question you were asked about the ratio of NRA contributions to Republicans vs Democrats.
        Or do you only answer questions that fit your limited intellectual capabilities?

  3. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    February 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    So, is everyone in agreement……there aren’t ANY Democrats that have ever taken any money or campaign contributions from the NRA?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      In the 2016 election, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Donald Trump—and another $19,756,346 to oppose Hillary Clinton. That’s over $31 million spent on one presidential race.
      Top 5 Senators With the Most Contributions From the NRA
      John McCain (R, AZ) – $7.74 million
      Richard Burr (R, NC) – $6.99 million
      Roy Blunt (R, MO) – $4.55 million
      Thom Tillis (R, NC) – $4.42 million
      Cory Gardner (R, CO) – $3.88 million

      Top 5 Representatives With the Most Contributions From the NRA
      French Hill (R, AR) – $1.09 million*
      Ken Buck (R, CO) – $800,544
      David Young (R, IA) – $707,662
      Mike Simpson, (R, ID) – $385,731
      Greg Gianforte (R, MT) – $344,630

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      February 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      But wait, the key word in BC’s question is, ( ever )

      53 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have taken money from the NRA are:
      Jason Altmire (PA);
      Joe Baca (CA);
      John Barrow (GA);
      Marion Berry (AR);
      Sanford Bishop (GA);
      John Boccieri (OH);
      Dan Boren (OK);
      Leonard Boswell (IA);
      Rick Boucher (VA);
      Allen Boyd (FL);
      Bobby Bright (AL);
      Chris Carney (PA);
      Ben Chandler (KY);
      Jerry Costello (IL);
      Henry Cuellar (TX);
      Lincoln Davis (TN);
      John Dingell (MI);
      Joe Donnelly (IN);
      Chet Edwards (TX);
      Brad Ellsworth (IN);
      Bart Gordon (TN);
      Gene Green (TX);
      Deborah Halvorson (IL);
      Martin Heinrich (NM);
      Brian Higgins (NY);
      Baron Hill (IN);
      Tim Holden (PA);
      Steve Kagen (WI);
      Paul Kanjorski (PA);
      Larry Kissell (NC);
      Frank Kratovil (MD);
      Jim Marshall (GA);
      Jim Matheson (UT);
      Mike McIntyre (NC);
      Mike Michaud (ME);
      Alan Mollohan (WV);
      Scott Murphy (NY);
      Glenn Nye (VA);
      David Obey (WI);
      Tom Perriello (VA);
      Collin Peterson (MN);
      Earl Pomeroy (ND);
      Nick Rahall (WV);
      Mike Ross (AR);
      Tim Ryan (OH);
      John Salazar (CO);
      Heath Shuler (NC);
      Ike Skelton (MO);
      Zachary Space (OH);
      Bart Stupak (MI);
      Gene Taylor (MS);
      Timothy Walz (MN);
      Charlie Wilson (OH)

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      February 25, 2018 at 8:28 am

      To answer your question Buzz, ( I have to make it simple for other readers to understand). The answer is No, I do not agree. Because there are Democrats that have taken money from the NRA.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 23, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Let them buy guns just don’t sell them any bullets.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    If teachers in Colorado schools have to pass a psychiatric test to carry a gun why doesn’t that apply to everyone?

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Dumocrats and fake news need these victims so they can stay in the game with there lies. They don’t give a shit ! Look at Chicago….

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Ya those are some really good leaders you republicans elected into office. Your party owns the White House & Congress yet chooses to do nothing about this issue and all you can do is blame the other party. What ever happened to Trumps promise to “Drain The Swamp” in Washington of the politicians who take money from large interest groups to the point they are in their back pockets?
      Your party takes millions from the NRA and gun manufacturers so it is not in Trumps best interest to do anything is it? Just keep doing nothing & hope it goes away? Really great leaders you have there.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 5:09 am

        NRA isn’t a corporation like oprah, GE , new york times, etc. it’s a group of workers that want there voice heard to.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 7:15 am

        Are you really that ignorant? Obama had eight years to fix this problem. He had total control of the senate as well and still did nothing. Trump has done more in one year than Obummer, Bush and Clinton all put together.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 8:42 am

          What a dolt. You forgot all about the long, hard effort to get passage of the Manchin-Toomey bill, which, if I recall, had approximately 90% support in the country. The Democrats did not have 60 seats in the Senate, which was required to pass the bill. How many shooting rampage deaths have happened since Trump took office? Now THAT is worth noting.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

            I’ll be you are one the pathetic parents in this country that has started all of this because you are either too lazy to raise your child properly or just don’t care. Lets start there before applying more band aids.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

          He also left out the fact that President Obama did not have “total control” of the Senate nor did he have control of the House. Alternative facts.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

            How can anyone defend Obama on a gun-issue comment section, when he is supposedly from Chicago–the blood-bath gunfire capitol of the Western Hemisphere?

          • Allen

            February 23, 2018 at 11:16 am

            And, supported his good friend, Eric “The Gun Runner” Holder. Lets not forget about that.

          • bodacious

            February 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

            nice deflection, you moron.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

            Well Obamanzee, if my memory serves me correctly, during the first 2 years of of Barack Heussein Obama’s regime, his party controlled both the House and Senate, and had 60 votes in the Senate. And he did nothing on gun control. But he did run his mouth a lot.

          • John

            February 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm

            Obama did have full control of the house and senate for 4 years Bodacious, so your spewing non truths again.

          • bodacious

            February 24, 2018 at 8:14 am

  7. 12345678910guy Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I am going to SHARE something I think says it best—
    Mike Rowe shared his thoughts on the recent tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School,

    Rowe wrote on Facebook, “Evil is real. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.”

    Rowe also said that while it’s important to find out the contributing causes of mass shooters, we shouldn’t absolve the killer of responsibility for his actions.

    “Should we endeavor to know why? Absolutely. Should we discuss the impact of video games, accessible firearms, single-parents, no parents, powerful medications, social media, mental illness, bullying, or anything else we think might have encouraged him to choose evil over good? Without question.”

    “But we should also stop confusing the influence of such things, with the root cause. Because nothing in this man’s past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people,” Rowe added.
    “If you believe otherwise, ask yourself why millions of other people with a similar past, don’t make similar choices.”

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Good post!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Very insightful comment. We need to ask ourselves what has changed about society that influences people to act this way.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 8:18 am

        Our government has take discipline away from the parent, and prayer out of the school.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 8:34 am

          I thought it was the job of parents, as the primary care-givers, to instill discipline and structure to their children while at home. I thought it was the job of parents to introduce their children to religion and take them to church.

          • Joe

            February 23, 2018 at 8:37 am

            Allen has that “sheep mentality”. He likes to be herded and told what to do.

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 9:36 am

          How has the government taken God out of our schools? As a Christian, I believe God is everywhere. Believing that he is not in our schools is a slap at Christianity and I think that you know that.

          • Allen

            February 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm

            It’s been mentioned on this site that you are/was a teacher. As a teacher you should know some history. The argument between religion and government has been going on for some time, and will never end. With that being said I’m not going to discuss with you, religion or government. Except for the fact that I do agree with you that God is omnipresent. As a confessed Christian, and maybe a teacher, do you think that it is OK to call people names on social media, or at all? By doing that, you sound like other posters on this site. It effects credibility and mentality of the poster. The answer to you question is, the Supreme Court Decision 1963. Remember now, I am not going to discuss your interpretation of that decision.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm

            Bodie has no credibility. How many lies has he/she/it been caught in? Did anybody ever see her explanation of how she paid for her own retirement. That’s just one of many.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm

            L*V*S you are the one with no credibilty. You have been caught & called out on so many lies that you are now ashamed to even use your initials.
            You lie so much that you even beleive your own bullshit.
            Couple that with that fact that you cowardly delete comments, kiss-ass and are a dumbass means that you are nothing but a worthless POS.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    He is absolutely correct. The Democrats are using this to try to whip up gun control. The real problem here other than the crazy liberal, killer kid, was law enforcement completely blowing their responsibility. We need to protect are schools. We have armed guards in airports, airplanes, banks, court houses, ball games, superbowls and on and on. Why wouldn’t we want to protect our schools other than Democrats don’t want to so the can exploit the tragedy.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Yet another Typical Republican response.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 24, 2018 at 7:03 am

        Almost all of my friends are gun owners. NONE of them give me any cause for alarm or worry. They are good people that are exercising their right to own firearms for sport hunting and/or protection. Thankfully, every one of them will have a GREAT advantage if any home invasions, carjackers, or muggers come calling, begging to have new holes put into themselves.

    • John Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      I agree as well, when was the last mass shooting that you have heard about at a police station or a court house? You don’t because they are hard targets.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      First off, this kid wasn’t a liberal. Secondly, what democrat said he/she doesn’t want to defend our schools? Finally, Ronald Reagan, JFK, MLK all had a lot of highly trained armed bodyguards and it didn’t work out too well for them, did it? The legal questions, the ethical questions, financial questions and the moral questions that abound when you want to turn our schools into secured bunkers haven’t been answered by anyone with any authority. It might do us some good to answer those questions first and then proceed. But the NRA with LaPierre at its head, want one thing – more gun sales. He is a lobbyist and was paid over $5 million in 2015 as head of the NRA. He doesn’t have anyone except the gun manufacturer’s interests when it comes down to it. If assault rifles or whatever you might call them are banned, then gun manufacturer’s lose money. His job is to make sure that doesn’t happen. So, he will try to turn the conversation away from the issue and toward the ‘bad old liberals want to take our guns away’. He is a prostitute who is pimping all you guys out.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 22, 2018 at 9:49 pm

        Great Post!!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 7:18 am

        That’s all you Democrats do is run off your mouth and do nothing. You had years to fix the problem but were so hung up on gun control (really people control) that you accomplished absolutely nothing.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 9:14 am

          The Republican Party is corrupt with pockets full of cash they received from the NRA and gun manufacturers. The Republican Party is playing people like you like a fiddle.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Typical Republican selfish response.

    • John Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      What law would you pass Anonymous that would have prevented this shooting? I am giving you a chance here to show your brilliance.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm

        There already was a law on the books that would have made it much more difficult for this kid with mental issues to get a gun but Trump & Grassley repealed that law and we are to think republicans care?? The only thing they care about is that the cash flow keeps coming their way from the NRA.
        I am not saying this would have prevented this horrific assault but don’t sit there and try and tell me republicans care when they repeal a law to make it easier for someone with mental health issues to get a gun.
        Democrats are not perfect either, all of our law makers need to
        put this at the top of their priority list.

        • John Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

          You are watching main stream media again who totally misreported this issue. The Obama rule said that if anyone was unable to handle their own finances, they were deemed mentally impaired and would be denied owning fire arms.

        • John Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

          So that is your big idea for a law that would have prevented this shooting? The Obama rule was in effect when this guy bought his gun. You are such a genius, you can give it another try if you want to prove your brilliance.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm

        John, so you think doing absolutely nothing is the answer?

        • John Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

          No, I have already pointed out what will solve this problem for good and that is for good guys with guns in schools. We have air marshals on planes, have armed security at pro sports, screening at airports and on and on. We stopped another 911 but we have done nothing for school security at all.

  10. Nada Racist Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Said Wayne LaPierre as he tries to exploit tragedy for financial gain.

  11. Calvin R. Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Anyone who tells you to stop a bad guy with a gun it takes a good guy with a gun is just trying to sell two guns.

    • John Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      The RRA doesn’t sell guns Calvin.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 23, 2018 at 12:41 am

        The NRA is the lobby group that pays the politicians to pass laws that will keep the gun manufacturers selling more guns. That is basically Wayne’s job is to help the gun manufacture sell as many guns as they can.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

          Wrong. I see Wayne’s job as protecting my right to LEGALLy own and bear arms. Is he doing a good job? Yes, he is. Does he deserve to be compensated? Yes, he does.

          • Anonymous

            February 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

            Wrong, his job is to help gun manufacturers stay in business and sell as many guns as possible. They are the ones giving the NRA millions and millions of dollars to pay off the Republicans to make sure this happens.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

          Your agenda relies on false rhetoric about gun owners and NRA members and NRA management. Repeating your misrepresentations over and over does not make them true.