One week on from the tragic deaths in a school in Newtown, Connecticut, at the hands of a deranged killer the community has been remembering its dead. One minute's silence marked the murders and was respected away from Newtown also. There, in Newtown, a bell tolled 26 times, once for each child and person that was murdered.
On the same day the NRA, national rifle association of America, finally broke its silence. It has kept out of this week's debates and refused to be drawn. Today its leader one Wayne LaPierre addressed the media and made the NRA stance clear.
There was no compromise, no admitting that a prevalence of guns and poor gun controls was a recipe for disaster, no apologies, merely a call for more guns.
He suggested that what the USA needs right now is more "good guys" with guns. How you define who is the good guy is a cause for concern. You only have to look at the death of Trayvon Martin, shot dead by an armed guard George Zimmerman, to see how badly wrong things can go.
The fact that all the NRA can come up with is more guns is many things, including sad, stupid and an inappropriate suggestion and response.. Today's NRA statement was just that. It did not allow questioning and answers. Protesters who tried to get their point across were removed. Obviously debate is not in the NRA remit.
An armed guard at all schools would not be easy nor cheap to enforce. Those who were asked their opinion by the media gave a mixed response. Some said that taxpayers should not have to pay up for an armed police officer at all schools but instead schools should employ an armed guard. A good guy.
The idea that such a person would prevent another Sandy Hook has no logic. In simple terms a nutter with weapons would simply go more prepared. That is a fact of life. Putting thousands more armed people into the USA, albeit as school guards, in case there is one incident is excessive. Of course it is good business for those who make money from weapons.
All the NRA statement does is try to cover its back and ensure that the people of the USA remain at the mercy of the gun.
For all the carefully thought out words money and business is at the back of the NRA's stance. What price the lives of 20 children and six adults ? Not much it seems.
Not worth a positive change, it seems, to some. LaPierre is accused by many of having the blood of the Aurora, Columbine, Wisconsin and now Sandy Hook victims on his hands. Shame on him.
An interesting insight into LaPierre and the Columbine school massacre in the USA can be found here