NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

WASHINGTON  — The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

David Keene, Wayne LaPierre
Evan Vucci

The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre pauses as he makes a statement during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that "the next Adam Lanza," the man responsible for last week's mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

"In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society, by bringing an even more toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty right into our homes," LaPierre said.

He refused to take any questions after speaking. Still, though security was tight, two protesters were able to interrupt LaPierre's speech, holding up signs that blamed the NRA for killing children. Both were escorted out, shouting that guns in schools are not the answer.

More than a dozen security officers checked media credentials at various checkpoints and patrolled the hotel ballroom.

LaPierre announced that former Rep. Asa Hutchison, R-Ark., will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers.

The 4.3 million-member NRA largely disappeared from public debate after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., choosing atypical silence as a strategy as the nation sought answers after the rampage. The NRA temporarily took down its Facebook page and kept quiet on Twitter.

Since the slayings, President Barack Obama has demanded "real action, right now" against U.S. gun violence and called on the NRA to join the effort. Moving quickly after several congressional gun-rights supporters said they would consider new legislation to control firearms, the president said this week he wants proposals to reduce gun violence that he can take to Congress by January.

Obama has already asked Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and pass legislation that would stop people from purchasing firearms from private sellers without a background check. Obama also has indicated he wants Congress to pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity magazines.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I think it might be catching on.....

I'm glad to read a few people now starting to include ammunition in the restrict / regulate column. I honestly feel that the answer to all this lies with the regulation and restricting the flow of ammunition and "Black Powder". You can ban certain types of guns, or restrict the sales of others. You can't do anything for the millions of guns out there already. All those guns have one thing in common, they all need ammunition. Slow down the ammunition, slow down the gun fire......

Steve  Dosh's picture

NRA calls for armed police officer in every school ?

That's dumb •
†he day B4 the night B4 *<;-Q~
We suggest that N R A sportsmen and women volunteer at your local schools and teach tolerance , acceptance , and gun safety to all students and staff w/ fake guns •
/s . Santa Claus , his elves & the reindeer " Don't Shoot ! "
http://www.noradsanta.org/en/

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LaPierre is a Gun Runner of WMD's

He is the patsy that the NRA has at $1.4 million annual salary, not including the thousands in shares he has to the gun companies stocks and an obligation to its share holders, recognizing that he solely works for the gun manufacturers. The same gun manufacturers who outnumber the membership by three fold in money contributions.

Gun runners are illegal in the world and only in the US can this occur under the charade of an umbrella of a so called righteous dues collecting organization. It is their membership that are the bigger fools to a larger animal that get played for their ignorance of belief of the NRA is for the protection of hunters and their guns. My 15 year membership was given back when they had the loony toon Heston as their fearless leader, and the NRA has always been the gang of public enemy thugs of the 1930's.
How many more thousands of innocent children and family members must die, before America gets it right?
Call your legislators and tell them and demand they too stop being the hostages and cowards that they truly are for keeping their jobs instead of representing the MAJORITY of the people they swore to speak and work for, not the NRA, or VOTE them out for being cowards and on the take of the gunner runners of AMERICA.

N-ot
R--ight
A--merica...

Americans deserve to walk the streets and not have to worry that some gun totting want-a-be in their space is going to play the Lone Ranger and not kill you and your family member to try and be a hero, with pin point accurate marksmanship.

Call your legislators, boycott the sellers and stores of these guns and ammunition suppliers until they get it right. Ammunition kills people and are explosives and is a threat as are WMD's. Put gun powder under taxable, allotted control of the states and Federal government as a destructive tool to mass destruction to human life.

What ever it takes to stop this madness and the terrorism of people just like Wayne LaPierre.

Dave Bussey's picture

Armed guards in schools

Alternative: A teacher in every gun shop.

Dana Burgess's picture

Bigger problem

The parent who teaches a child with mental issues to use a gun is the big problem. I do agree we don't need assault rifles, also we can't go back to the way it was 50 years ago when we were in school. The only thing we had to worry about was going to the principals office. Paintball, video kill games, morality, and the values taught at home are the bigger problems. Modernization we think is comfy and nice, but at what price?

DONALD FERLAND's picture

I think there is a need to

I think there is a need to ban all assault type guns and the extended magazines. If you are arguing that you have the right to own a gun to protect yourself and you can't hit what you aim for with one shot then what do you need 30 shots for? All that will do is put more people in jeopardy. Our teachers do NOT want to carry guns. They want to teach. An armed guard at the door is just going to put more stress on our children, but it really isn't going to stop a person intent on committing such vile crimes. The soldiers at Fort Hood couldn't stop the criminal before many were killed or injured, police at Columbine were unable to stop the criminal before lives were lost, Virginia Tech couldn't stop the criminal before lives were lost. If people want to own a gun then let them but stop them from owning guns that take multiple lives in a matter of seconds. Make people who want to own guns be evaluated to make sure they are mentally stable enough to own and use the gun appropriately. Make them have insurance so that if they do damage to others or allow someone else to get a hold of the gun to kill or hurt others then they will be held responsible for the damage caused. For those that think gun owners should not have to have insurance I say open your wallet and be ready to pay for the tax dollars that will have to be spent to pay medical bills for an innocent shot by a criminal. If you own a gun then take the responsibility to keep them locked up in a way that others cannot get them and if they manage to get their hands on your guns then take responsibility and pay for the damage they cause.

People may have the right to own guns but others have the right to NOT own a gun, to NOT expose their children to guns and to NOT have others rights forced on them.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Keeping your eye on the ball

If our goal is to make our lives safer, the NRA proposal to bring armed guards in the schools is a non-starter. Picturing elementary school students arriving at school to the sight of two guards armed with assault rifles at the door is not assuring. It would have to come to that because having a guard that is outgunned only adds one more victim as happened at Columbine. These guards would have nothing to do 99.9% of the time so they would be walking around the school with their assault weapons distracting students from learning and depending on the quality of their training possibly posing a hazard of their own. And let's say, for argument's sake, that the schools become safe. What about the malls, and the movie theaters, and the banks and the drug stores and the post offices and, and,,, and. When we have spent a fortune on guards and rifles, will we really feel safer? Or will the gun manufaturers and the NRA be the only ones who benefit? We already spend 60% of the national budget on weapons of war. Do we really want to double that only to live in a combat zone. Maybe a better way would be to regulate guns and collect tax money to treat mental health problems and to promote public safety.

As a future teacher

As a future teacher, the events that occurred a last Friday really hit home. I am going to be a teacher in 1.5 years and I know that this is a big issue. Teachers DO NOT need to have guns in the schools. Teachers are there to teach the students.

We need to teach students that violence in not the answer. Having teachers with guns gives students more access. Also if a parent is allowed to bring a gun into the school and is upset with a staff member, it could end badly.

If people feel there needs to be more security than have a retired military personal or police officer at the school.

I personally do not like guns, but I believe that people have the right to own and use them. Private citizens do not need high power military grade guns; they don't need high-capacity magazines.

We all need to reflect on what happened, honor all those that were killed and let them rest in peace. We need to make changes yes, but NOT arm our teachers. I will never own a gun let alone hold on.

Note to the NRA:
Columbine had an armed guard.
Virginia Tech had their own police force.
Ft. Hood was a military base

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Great choice of profession and common sense

I totally concur with your wisdom and comments Kylie...PS, that Columbine had two patrolman....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Thinking outside of the box!

Next time this is in the parking lot or at a school game, oops the hired gun was in the building on the other side or in the can at the time...fail...
The next time it is a hijacked bus, oops the hired gun is on his lunch break, and a few miles away, fail...
Only a whack-job would want more guns as an ultimate solution, instead of multiple choices to curb this nightmare to a common sense deduction.

1. Tax guns annually, all gun owners/carriers are insured like an automobile user on public property.
2. All ammunition is allotted by expelled usage, with monthly limitations.
3. Ban body armor, all large ammo clips and semi automatic military style weapons.
4. Outlaw the NRA as a terrorist group, for expansive gun vigilante efforts.
5. Allow anybody that uses a concealed weapon or not concealed, to be be sued and prosecuted for damages to property and life in the midst of an OK corral shoot out.
6. All NRA members are to be verified as to be law abiding citizens, having all prospective gun buyers to verified with background check and tested to be a certified stable user.

There needs to be a serious discussion instead of being the most embarrassing, most dangerous to a society as a Nation on the planet with the most guns and the most killings each year.

Steve  Dosh's picture

NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

all, 12.21.12 14:00 Ma'ui time
" Public calls for N R A sportsmen and women volunteers in every school ."
Melé Kalikimaka , Santa Steve *<;-Q~ http://www.noradsanta.org/

JOANNE MOORE's picture

The NRAs answer to gun violence?

More guns. These guys are insane!

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The more things change

And while we were being handed this timeworn line of hokum 4 people were shot to death in Pennsylvania and 3 cops were injured. At what point do the grown-ups take over ? All gun and ammo sales need to be registered and taxed and all of them need to have background checks. Oh and if we have money to put police in all the schools then maybe we can find the money to fund this background check program so that it actuallty works. We also need massive buy back programs to get rid of guns that are just lying around waiting for a kid or a criminal to grab them. I hear complaints that we have hundreds of gun control laws on the books and they don't work. Well they might if the gun lobbies weren't making sure all of them contain loopholes that a truck can drive through. We need to make these laws comprehensive, enforceable and funded.

Bob Woodbury's picture

The 2nd Amendment...

...was written in 1791 (15 yeats after 1776). How about banning all guns that came into existence AFTER 1791 when the weapon of choice was a flintlock?

RONALD RIML's picture

That was a 'Press Conference??'

Just an 'Infomercial' for Wayne LaPierre's Training Program to put Armed Guards into Schools.

And not a whit of taking personal responsibility by the NRA.

No wonder this 'Personality' type need Guns. They sorely lack balls.

GARY SAVARD's picture

How is the NRA responsible

How is the NRA responsible for mass shootings? In that case you could just as well blame automakers for drunk drivers that also end up killing innocent people. I could go on with the blame game, but I'm sure you get my point. On another note, some pharmacies are now using armed guards to deter robberies. If they can adapt to survive, why not schools? BTW, Merry Christmas, Ron.

RONALD RIML's picture

How does the NRA not bear responsibility for our Gun Culture?

No correlation between pharmacies and schools.

Bob Wright's picture

So Sandy, Jason, what are our

So Sandy, Jason, what are our children worth? How much would spend to protect them? Got any other ideas or are you two just keyboard commandos?

A good start would be to repeal all gun free zones. Gun free zones guarantee that someone like Adam Lanza or a terrorist will go unimpeded at least for a little while.

Sandra Coulombe's picture

So the NRA is going to pay to

So the NRA is going to pay to have police officers in every school in the nation?

Bob Woodbury's picture

AND...

..take responsibility if anything goes wrong!

Jason Theriault's picture

How about this

It's all nice and dandy to say "Put armed police in schools". It's another thing to PAY FOR THAT.

How about this: I'll be ALL for it IF...IF it is paid for by a tax on guns.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Then why not tax computors,

Then why not tax computors, cars, knives, fertilizer...all are used in the commission of crimes. It's all nice and dandy, but we (YOU) are willing to waste taxpayer money on social programs until the cows come home, but facing reality and adding security for our children? Whoa! At what cost?! Parents all over the country are spending hundreds of dollars to buy their children armored backpacks, in the hope that they can use them as a shield in the event of a shooting incident at school. I would rather see my grandchildren attend a school with an armed security guard than to have to instruct them in the ways of survival under fire.

RONALD RIML's picture

D'ruthers, D'ruthers...

I'd druther have them go to school knowing we didn't have armed nut-cases permeating every town, village, city and lower forty in the country.

It's like they're on timers..... You wouldn't believe the guns I've hauled out of some folks' houses.

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