Meeting in congress, the association was to welcome Donald Trump on Friday.
Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, was still mourning its twenty preparatory class toddlers and six employees killed by a misfit, whom the NRA (National Rifle Association) had mounted. It was in 2012. The arms lobby, which holds its annual convention in Houston from May 27 to 29, wanted to keep the controversy at bay. Its president Wayne LaPierre had imagined a program called “School Shield” aimed at “harden» school security: offering subsidies to equip them with surveillance technologies, arm security guards and even teachers. While recalling its leitmotif: mental health, because “it’s not guns that kill people, it’s people that kill people“.
A decade of lead has passed, marked by 948 school shootings. According to the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, 12 children die daily from firearms. 4.6 million American children live in homes where there is…