DECATUR, Ga.—The NRA declared that the lack of injuries in Tuesday’s Atlanta-area school shooting is a victory for gun supporters everywhere.
A suspect was taken into custody moments after police responded to a call reporting shots fired inside Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter school that houses students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade a few miles outside of Atlanta.
The alleged gunman brandished an AK-47 and demanded to talk to a local television station before surrendering to police after both sides exchanged fire. “Shooter apprehended; all kids safe and accounted for,” interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution early Tuesday afternoon.
“This harmless shooting is further proof that guns are not as dangerous as the media wants the public to believe,” stated NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, who earlier this year urged the nation’s schools to hire armed guards to keep children safe from violent intruders.
“If firearms are so dangerous, how could one man bring an automatic weapon into a school full of children and not injure or kill a single one of them? Even after shots were fired, nobody was hurt, so how dangerous could an AK-47 be?”
“I bet more kids have been injured by playing dodge ball in the gym,” added LaPierre.
LaPierre went on to express his support for parents whose children attend the school, and urged them to take the opportunity to speak to their children about “the real dangers facing today’s youth.”
“Thank God no children were hurt today. But parents have to ask themselves: who is really to blame for today’s shooting? This would never have happened if it weren’t for the violent video games and music that give guns a bad reputation.”