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 in Washington DC, 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.

Newtown locals responded to the NRA press conference. Suzy DeYoung, a Newtown parent, coach and resident for nine years who has three children, said LaPierre's speech was playing to people’s fears.

“People are much smarter than this,” DeYoung said. “He is saying we need to be protected from guns by more guns. This lack of logic speaks for itself, and I truly believe the response you are abut to see from parents all around the world will offer better commentary than I ever could."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, CT said that while she supports an increase in gun control and personally does not believe in guns at all, that the larger problem goes "way beyond that."

"The problem we have is our immunity to violence as a society as a whole," she said. "Violent video games, violent movies, addiction to horror films. We've developed immunity to violence and violent images."

LaPierre also lamented violence in video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. But his central solution seemed to be a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who might 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.

LaPierre did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Arthur Vecchiotti December 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I liked his comments
Bjorn Olsson December 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Shameful from the NRA. Why is there so much gun violence? "Not enough guns!" Every school should have an armed guard? He would just be the first target. To make that effective, every school will also need a single entrance with a metal detector, no side doors. Recess would have to take place behind walls, etc. These mass shootings are responsible for a minority of gun deaths, and there is no way to determine a current threat level, since a shooter usually comes out of nowhere, no warning. If he finds the guard, he will shoot him first, if he doesn't, how long will it take for the guard to confront the shooter? One minute? Two? Too late. This solves nothing, just serves to avoid any concessions on assault weapons. The biggest concern remains the day to day deaths, some 30-40 of them. Americans are not more evil, the gin saturation really IS the problem.
Walden Macnair December 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
There were two armed officers at Columbine, but they couldn't stop those two mutts. You can blame video games and movies but the entire world watches those movies and plays those games, yet the mass shootings are here. Why? Because we have easy access to guns. It's that simple.
Abby Normal December 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Another shooting. Four dead in Pennsylvania this morning and three state troopers wounded. This time the shooting was on a rural road in Pa outside Altoona. It is quite obvious to any good NRA member that the answer to this violence is to put armed guards on every rural road in America.
Heron December 22, 2012 at 01:08 AM
the Newtown shooter's mother was the owner of the assault rifles. If having weapons protected her, then why was she the first one he killed??
joshua tanner December 22, 2012 at 01:12 AM
According to Gallup polls, more security is the number 1 preferred solution to school violence - 10 points higher than gun restriction laws. Gun violence in America is down over the last ten years or more. Studies and statistics also clearley show that when gun ownership goes up in an area gun violence/crime goes down. Gun violence is highest where the strictest gun laws are Those are some reasons the Left gave up on gun bans. Between the Supreme Court upholding the 2nd Amendment and the data on gun violence the argument for gun bans don't hold any water. The fallback option is hysteria which is why the media is having an orgy after the Newtown shootings. In the recent notorious shootings the common factor was a mentally unstable young person who lots of people knew where a problem but were still ignored. The liberals running entertainment media produce extremely violent movies and music that glorify violence. Then they want to blame the guns when an unstable kid goes off.
Teleman December 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
1.) Columbine was an open campus and there were (2) shooters 2.) The school resource officer was outside the building, engaged one shooter and is credited with saving 2 lives. 3.) Responding police policy at that time dictated they not enter the school, even when active shooting was going on, until swat units arrived- 4.) police nationwide changed active shooter policies to include training that teaches personnel to actively and agressively stop an active shooter.
Teleman December 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
1.) Prohibition of alcohol- alcohol was easily obtainable by those who desired to violate the law all throughout the period of prohibition- also made a lot of criminal enterprises who trafficked in it very wealthy. 2.) Marijuana- banned and illegal- tell me a street corner in America you can't buy a joint.- dealing it and trafficking it is quite lucrative. 3.)Cocaine, same thing If it is banned and made illegal, you can be sure they'll be a guy who can get it for you( if you're a bad guy) for a price- and he'll probably be a bad guy. Too
James Adnaraf December 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I do favor reasonable restrictions on sale and ownership of firearms, that includes a lot of the things that have been discussed - effective background checks, assault weapon curbs, and most of the mainstream controls that have been mentioned. Successfully implementing the laws will be very difficult, and must be done with great care, because you will create a black market in guns, and that will likely create more violence violence. You could see gun smuggling cartels, bribes of police to look the other way, all sorts of unintended consequences. Those undesirable consequences can be seen in almost any prohibition type laws. I say "prohibition type" because there is no total prohibition proposed. But significantly limiting gun access or access to specific calibers, magazine size, etc, will be much more easily said than done. If we are not very careful, we will simply give organized crime another line of business, the illegal gun trade. I do not think that will lead to any net improvement in the situation.
Bjorn Olsson December 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Teleman, I don't think anyone thinks it will ever be impossible to get guns, just like speed limits don't stop speeding. But if you can make it harder for a mentally ill teenager to find an assault rifle, that;s a good first step.
Bjorn Olsson December 22, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Experience also shows that countries with fewer guns have fewer gun deaths than the US. It's about what kind of society we want. Do we want fortified schools with armed guards patrolling the corridors? If someone shoots up another classroom again, I don't want to hear that he bought is Bushmaster at Walmarts while grocery shopping. But we need to defend ourselves against the everyday shootings, you can't stop the crazies.
Ann Fanizzi December 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM
What is the defining feature of all totalitarian regimes: the presence of police everywhere. What Hitler, Stalin and the Taliban haven't been able to do - overthrow democracy in America - the NRA is trying to do with its call for more guns, more police, more surveillance perpetuating in the society a climate of fear and mistrust. A free society cannot be one based on fear and remain free. . .
George in NY December 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Sadly, and none of us like to hear it, there is no way to guarantee preventing such things. There have been mass murders using machete's, bombs, arson, and knives. It really is not the weapon but the lack of good mental health evaluation and resources. But even with that there will always be the person that fell through the cracks. Certainly violence on TV, real and fictional, must impact to some degree. The age of immediate news around the world certainly also impacts. There is no higher security level than that afforded a President yet we have had them killed and injured despite it all. The biggest threat is not the weapon it is the mindset of someone who has decided their own death is of no consequence to themselves. You cannot protect against a perpetrator willing, even wanting to die. Sad but true. One has but to look at suicide bombers.
William Nuesslein December 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
David Brooks made a salient conclusion from his thinking hard about gun violence after the Colorado incident. The shooters in most of these cases assembled their arsenal and ammunition and carried out their attacks with deliberation. Brooks' conclusion was that there was no way of completely thwarting these incidents. Consider armed guards for example. A determined shooter would time his attack when the guard was on another part of a campus, or he would take out the guard first. The Newtown rifle looked to most to be a war instrument. But Cho at Virginia Tech used only pistols. Look at the big magazines at Newtown, but that shooter swapped out his magazine twice as I understand. That did not slow him down much, although the Tuscon guy was overwhelmed when he ran out of bullets. By an unarmed guy. But the Tuscon guy was really crazy. The Columbine boys came from good families and had some mental health treatments prior to their shooting. Same with the Tuscon guy. I broke up emotionally during the moment of silence on Friday,.and, Dear God, I wish those deaths could have been avoided. I am sad to say that we just have to get on as we did after the 3/11/11 tsunami in Japan that swept to sea 19,000 people including many beautiful children, and the horrible earthquake in China that seemed to selectively destroy schools.
Ann Fanizzi December 22, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The NRA bullied and intimidated us; we were afraid we were going to lose our jobs Sen Finestein, said in her press conference. It takes courage and guts to oppose them esp. officials from smaller states. Really, time to institute term limits. Stop viewing public offices as career paths and instead view public service truly as public service, like our Founding Fathers envisioned. Break the grip of destructive lobbyists such as the enablers of mass murder, the NRA.
Fly on the Wall December 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Feinstien is more concerned about how all of this extreme violence is going to affect what comes out of Hollywood so she is trying to deflect the issue and blame it on the gun. You know the "prop" that every famous actor in America has used to solve a problem.
sayitsnotsojack December 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The only way of guaranteeing complete safety of schools is to build them like a prison with barbwire fences, multiple gates, screening facilities before entrance into the building and many armed people willing and ready to shoot an intruder if needed. It is terrible that many people in Washington starting with Obumma are using this tragedy as an example of their leadership, which is in fact a failure of it.
B December 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I have nephews that live near Newtown CT so I was extremely concerned for their safety and wellbeing on December 14. I have a daughter the same age as those poor children that were so senselessly murdered. I want something done to protect the children. The problem is that we have inadvertently created a target for cowardly psychotics by instituting "gun free zones" in our schools. This is exactly the same target created by the 1968 gun laws that removed guns from airplanes and engendered a number of highjackings by terrorists who no longer feared passengers with concealed weapons. It is time to consider the NRA proposal - or any proposal - to bring enough of a deterrent to bear to keep the next lunatic afraid from entering a local school.
Aintthatascam December 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Bjorn, how long do you think it will be, after another ban, that someone snaps and causes a massacre? The NRA is right, there are too many guns out there to NOT have armed security at schools. Why is it that some malls have Police substations, to help the capitalists? lol. It doesn't have to be a Police Officer at every school, that would be costly. Perhaps a combination of substations, small national guard posts, 6 months duty etc. etc. Obama helped boost the economy though, ar15 rifles, parts and supplies are flying off gun store shelves. Good job Obama Admin, you just put thousands of various "assault" weapons on the streets since last Friday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS94B8BTCGs&noredirect=1 An assault rifle is defined as being fully auto, which an ar15, unless illegally modified, is not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIPSC5rTAOI About 9,000 Americans are killed by illegal aliens yearly. http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2011/11/06/today-is-national-remembrance-day-for-americans-killed-by-illegal-aliens/
A.P.Bogos December 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
No, the real problem is not "gun saturation", its the finger on the trigger that is the problem...
mark December 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
the NRA is atrocious. They fought to keep making cop killer hollow point bullets. They should not even part of the conversation.
Barbara December 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Don't forget movie theaters and drug stores.
Walden Macnair December 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Aintthatascam, If guns make us safer and we're the most armed country in the world, why is it that we lead the free world in murders? The other myth is that arming Mrs. Crabtree will somehow make our children safer and that's just a fairy tale. Unless you've been trained in combat shooting, you'll just be another body that SWAT has to step over on their way to neutralize the shooter. More guns do not equal safer environments. Look at the statistics.
Teleman December 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Agreed Bjorn.
Teleman December 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Senator Feinstein is a hypocrite of the highest order- she herself has carried a concealed weapon for her own protection while she has made it her mission to deny those rights to "ordinary" citizens. Chuck Schumer also has an unrestricted concealled carry permit for Ny and Ny city.
Aintthatascam December 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Well, we fight drugs with, drugs METHADONE?
Alison Perry December 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The REAL solution can be found on this blog: http://marycathryn.blogspot.com/2012/12/licensed-to-teach.html
A.P.Bogos December 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Neither should you!!
Ann Fanizzi December 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Is suburbia an incubator for violence? An article in the NYC Daily News some days ago posited that the very things that make suburbia attractive: its rural, spacious feel; its smallness and closeness of community where every one knows each other - may make an emotionally fragile, different youngster an outcast; difficult for him to fit in and prone to depression and violence. Certainly something to think about since mass killings have occurred in the main in suburban/rural communities.


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