Republicans Voice Doubts on Gun Control

by JESS BRAVIN, The Wall Street Journal  |  published on December 24, 2012

Gun Control

The National Rifle Association defended its call for armed guards to be placed in schools and ceded no ground on tougher gun laws, while some Republicans also questioned whether new firearms rules would help prevent gun violence.

“One more law on top of 20,000 laws” already on the books would do no good, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. He faulted federal authorities for failing to adequately enforce existing regulations, saying that felons who attempt to buy guns rarely are prosecuted.

Mr. LaPierre also defended the NRA’s proposal to put armed guards in school, saying, “If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.” He added: “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it.”

Asked if the NRA would help pay for its proposal to place armed guards in every school, Mr. LaPierre instead suggested the funds could be found in the federal budget. He said that if the U.S. can pay to train police in Iraq, which it has been doing since the American-led invasion that toppled the Saddam Hussein regime, it could also afford to underwrite the NRA plan.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), appearing on the program immediately after Mr. LaPierre, said one couldn’t reduce gun violence without considering access to firearms and ammunition. That would be “like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes,” he said.

He said Mr. LaPierre had misread public concern following the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

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