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NRA's LaPierre Lied On TV Appearance

Posted on the 26 December 2012 by Jobsanger
NRA's LaPierre Lied On TV AppearanceIt seems there are no depths to which Wayne LaPierre will not sink to protect the gun makers in America, not even if he has to lie to do it. And that seems to be just what he has done on his recent appearance on Meet The Press. LaPierre tried to use the nation of Israel as an example of how his ridiculous notion of putting armed guards in all this nation's schools could work. He said:
“Israel had a whole lot of school shootings, until they did one thing. They said we’re going to stop it and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then.” 
But Isreali officials were quick to call him out on that. Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said the situation is Israel was fundamentally different from that in the United States. He went on to say:
“We didn’t have a series of school shootings, and they had nothing to do with the issue at hand in the United States. We had to deal with terrorism.”  

“What removed the danger was not the armed guards but an overall anti-terror policy and anti-terror operations which brought street terrorism down to nearly zero over a number of years. It would be better not to drag Israel into what is an internal American discussion."

Retired Israeli Army Colonel and senior police officer Reuven Berko added:
“There is no comparison between maniacs with psychological problems opening fire at random to kill innocent people and trained terrorists trying to murder Israeli children.” 

“Israeli citizens are not allowed to carry guns unless they are serving in the army or working in security-related jobs that require them to use a weapon.”

It looks like LaPierre was trying to compare apples with oranges. The situations in the two countries are nothing alike. And while LaPierre and his ilk love to use Israel as a country that is made safer because of a lot of guns being available, that is not true either (as Mr. Berko points out). Israeli citizens are not allowed to carry weapons as too many Americans are allowed to do unnecessarily. It certainly doesn't help LaPierre's already damaged credibility to go around spreading lies.

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