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NRA Calls for 'Armed Security' Around Schools

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.

In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

LaPierre's speech was a call to supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

At the grassroots level, groups like Newtown United, a group of Newtown neighbors, are working to address major issues related to the tragedy, including gun control, violent media, mental health and legislation.

Many school districts across the nation, including the Greendale School District, reaffirmed their commitment to safety and crisis plans after the shooting. 

In stark contrast, LaPierre called for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who could be more present and respond more quickly than police.

"If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," LaPierre said. "And that security is only available with properly trained, armed 'good guys'."

LaPierre, who was interrupted twice by protesters who held signs in front of TV cameras, made a direct call for local action.

"I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work," he said.

In his speech, LaPierre also accused the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Bren December 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Well this is just ignorant. Anyone who does contracting with schools has to go through a background check, etc. Not just anyone is allowed contact with school children and there's good reason for that. Will the NRA finance the background and other checks for these "armed 'good guys?'" It all comes down to dollars and sense (common sense). If this is the best solution the NRA can come up with, it's high time that their influence on gun legislation in this country gets a long hard look.
Jason Patzfahl December 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
"...a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," ~ sounds like the police to me. They are trained, armed and have chosen to "serve and protect" the public as their profession. Teachers have chosen to TEACH children as their profession, not be vigilantes roaming the hallways. We recently had an off-duty police officer accidentally drop and discharge his gun at Southridge mall. A local school girl was injured. Imagine the danger we would put our children in if we have parents and teachers roaming hallways and school grounds with guns. Where would they keep them? In their purse? In a desk? In a locker? At their hip? Of course a child would never try to get their hands on one of those, right? I am not against armed police officers in schools for protection, but armed teachers and parents acting as vigilantes would do nothing but create a more dangerous and marital-law type of society. In short, the statements from the NRA spokesperson were for the most part, insane. I expected nothing else.
Bren December 21, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The police would be a much smarter option but of course many communities are cutting back on police and sheriff's deputies. The NRA has had far too much influence on legislation in this country. Hopefully everyone is realizing that. I'm not saying the NRA shouldn't exist, but it needs intelligent thoughtful leadership, not these self-serving, accountability-deflecting nonsensical declarations.
CowDung December 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
"I am not against armed police officers in schools for protection, but armed teachers and parents acting as vigilantes would do nothing but create a more dangerous and marital-law type of society. " Not sure I agree with that--When was the last time we read about an off duty teacher dropping a gun and shooting someone? They seem to be the better choice to trust with loaded weapons...
CowDung December 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I suspect that most (if not all) of those 'armed good guys' already went through background checks so they can be licensed to carry their weapon...
Carole Jezek December 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The outrageous and inappropriate suggestions show the mental thoughtless "owners" of seriously dangerous weapons. Where will courage and intelligent thinking come forward for the benefit of the children of the world?
Carol December 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
What about all the other places where there are alot of people? This is a stupid idea & won't work. It's scarey that the gun sales have increased since last weeks shooting though. Pretty soon, everyone will have one & ya better not insult anyone or they'll shoot you. Let's live in peace people!!!
Spate Cooley December 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
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