Statement by ProgressNow New Mexico on the NRA's "Firearms for First Graders" Proposal for School Safety
NRA declares virtual guns dangerous, but real guns safe. Calls for members to "volunteer" in schools
Albuquerque -- ProgressNow New Mexico Executive Director Pat Davis released the following statements in response to the National Rifle Association press conference in which Wayne LaPierre called for putting guns in our schools.
"After spending millions of dollars and years of lobbying efforts to protect loopholes that permit shooters like those in Columbine, Aurora and Newtown to murder dozens of innocent people, including dozens of innocent children, the NRA used it's bully pulpit this morning to hold a 45-minute infomercial for it's plan to take virtual guns in video games away from children and replace them with real guns and in-school gun training for every first grader. This is the most ludacris response anyone could imagine to the tragedy in Newtown and should be immediate denounced by politicians like Governor Martinez who the NRA called upon to form 'volunteer' malitias in our neighborhood schools.
"Let's not forget that the first victim in Newtown owned dozens of weapons and none protected her from becoming the first victim. It is my sincere hope that the same politicians the NRA calls upon to add education funding to put firearms in first grade classes will prefer to restore underfunded instructional budgets and teacher positions to our classrooms, instead."
ProgressNow New Mexico is a grassroots non-profit organization advocating for responsible public policy advancing opportunity for every New Mexico family. Pat Davis, our Executive Director, is a former police officer and graduate of the FBI National Academy.