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December 24th, 2012
08:22 AM ET

Fmr. NRA Pol. Dir. & Pres. of The Independent Firearm Owners Assn. Richard Feldman on preventing future school shootings: 'We can go ahead and harden those schools...It only costs money'

In the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, many all over the country have been up in arms renewing gun control debate. The National Rifle Association addressed it in a statement on Friday and on the Sunday shows.

Doubling-down on its controversial statement following the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the group's CEO, Wayne Lapierre, did not budge on his assertion that all schools should now have armed police. Richard Feldman is the former Political Director for the NRA. He's now the President of The Independent Firearm Owners Association, and joins “Early Start” live from West Palm Beach, Florida this morning.

Dana Bash asks Richard Feldman if he was surprised that Wayne Lapierre did not advocate banning high capacity clips. Instead of answer directly, he answers that we all need to “take a little step back and start being nicer to one another” in this country. “Let’s lower the rhetoric. We’re all Americans. We’re all in this. And we all want to resolve the problem. No one wants to see the kind of horrific massacre that occurred last week.”

Feldman also suggests there are several ideas as to how to combat the issue other than gun control. “There are many things that we can do as a nation, without Congress, without regulation. We can go ahead and harden those schools. We can put ballistic doors into our schools. It only costs money.”

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  1. Fish Fingers

    "Guns don't kill people, people do."
    This is an incomplete sentence.
    People kill people with any weapon or "tool" they can find. Guns just do a really good job with the deed.
    To continue to allow a loophole in weapons registration and licencing (national gun registry), where owners and guns are tracked, a database to include the purchase of ammunition for those weapons. strict laws in place to judge the worthiness of gun owners, etc. is foolishness.
    I could go on but this information is already provided by a well throughout organization.
    Check out the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
    Solutions exist.

    December 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Fish Fingers

    It is time to hold the Gun industry and its insane clown posse to the same standard as the automobile industry.
    Start with registration, licensing, taxing, and requiring insurance on for all new gun sales period.
    Enact a requirement that all previously purchase weapons be be registered during a short grace period. Same taxes, same insurance, etc.
    Heavy fines with heavy prison sentences for those that disobey.

    December 24, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply

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