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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," says NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

In an amazing morning press conference on Dec. 21, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., 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. 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.

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.

Eugene Gannon December 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I just started a gun violence petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/Q2v3
David Pittelli December 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Why is the latest piece on this subject (The Last Thing We Need Is MORE Guns In Our Schools, Statehouses, By NH Labor News Network, 12/22) posted without the ability to comment? Was it an oversight, or are they afraid that their arguments do not stand up to scrutiny? For example, they say that armed people at schools would not help because: "Columbine had armed security guards. The University of Virginia has armed campus police. Fort Hood is an active military base for pete’s sake." But in fact: Columbine had one armed security guard. He was outside the building and remained there, instead of following the killers inside. This was apparently how cops used to be trained, to wait for backup. But a cop (or teacher) inside with a gun would have been more effective. The University of Virginia having armed police is as relevant as the fact that every town has armed police; the fact is, they were not in the building. And at Ford Hood, no one in the cafeteria was armed except for the murderer; military bases actually have pretty strict gun control. None of these examples are evidence that allowing teachers and principals to carry concealed guns in school, if they have a permit, and as they are allowed to do almost anywhere else, would not prove very helpful in deterring or ending mass shootings, which almost always happen in "gun-free zones.".
robo hiker December 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
yes, more armed guards at schools across the country, what could possibly go wrong?? http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/science/192897-us-davis-police-lt-john-pike-dousing-seated-students-with-pepper-spray.jpg
David Pittelli December 24, 2012 at 01:28 AM
The man that attacked the midnight showing of Batman didn’t attack just any theater. There were ten to choose from. He didn’t attack the closest. It wasn’t about biggest or smallest. He attacked the one that was posted NO GUNS ALLOWED. There were four mass killing attempts this week. Only one made the news because it helped the agreed upon media narrative. Oregon. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter confronted by permit holder. Shooter commits suicide. Only a few casualties. Texas. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter killed immediately by off duty cop. Only a few casualties. Connecticut. GUN FREE ZONE. Shooters kills until the police arrive. Suicide. 26 dead. China. GUN FREE COUNTRY. A guy with a KNIFE stabs 22 children. And here is the nail in the coffin for Gun Free Zones. Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed. http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/an-opinion-on-gun-control/
JWP December 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Couldn't agree more!!

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