Another NRA Lie About Sandy Hook

First, there was the debunked conspiracy theory that Lanza didn’t use a Bushmaster AR-15 because it was found in his trunk. Now Wayne LaPierre is telling us that it took upwards of 20 minutes for the police to respond to Sandy Hook, and therefore the kids would’ve been better off if there had been an armed guard at the school.

It’s a total lie.

Fact: The Newtown police station is located approximately two miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary School. There’s no way it would have taken law enforcement 20 minutes to respond to the first 911 calls reporting gunfire at the school. (Local cops could have run from the station and been at the school in less than 20 minutes.)

Fast-acting Newtown officers “made it in under three minutes, arriving in the parking lot while gunfire could still be heard,” according to New York Times interviews with the first responders that day.

The NRA is bordering on being a Sandy Hook Truther organization and the Republican Party (and some Democrats) are lockstep with them. There’s no amount of shame or scorn that would suffice for this madness.

  • muselet

    After watching the first couple of minutes of the video, I’m not sure Wayne LaPierre was talking specifically about the Newtown massacre. After Chris Wallace called him on the NRA’s disgraceful “how come the President’s children are so special, huh?” ad, LaPierre started talking about “parents all over the country” and ended up here after Wallace asked him if all children should have Secret Service protection:

    LAPIERRE: No, but what they should have is police officers or certified armed security in those schools to keep people safe. If something happens, the police time– despite all their good intentions, is 15 to 20 minutes. It’s too long. It’s not going to help those kids.

    If LaPierre was talking about the country as a whole, he might have been right or he might have been wrong but as there doesn’t seem to be a single, easily-found number for “average police response time” for the nation as a whole (I did a casual but informed online search and couldn’t find it), my guess is that he made the number up. If he was talking about Sandy Hook Elementary, he—along with a large chunk of Right Blogostan—was just plain lying.