You just knew that President Obama’s promise to introduce tighter control over guns in America was going to face stiff opposition and it has.
The National Rifle Association has now made its position clear on the issue. The executive vice-president of the NRA argues that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to face him up to a good guy with a gun. He therefore advocates that there should be an armed guard placed in every school in the USA and that means a lot more guns not less.
Gun violence in the US kills about 12,000 people per year. As if to exemplify the issue, at the same time Wayne LaPierre was speaking, there was a series of shootings on a quiet rural road outside Geeseytown in Pennsylvania. By the time the NRA chief stopped speaking, four more people had been added to the list of dead.