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Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA Calls For Armed Officer In Every School

At a news conference on Friday, the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist Wayne LaPierre said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

At a news conference on Friday, the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” (screenshot)

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and six school staff members dead.

The group’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

  • Watch the news conference:

The NRA largely disappeared from public comment in the week following the Newtown school shootings.

Unlike its responses to past mass shootings, the NRA on Tuesday only issued a statement saying it was “shocked, saddened and heartbroken” by the shooting, vowing to make “meaningful contributions” to prevent another mass shooting.

Also Friday morning, President Obama issued a statement online calling for action on ways to reduce gun violence, in response to public petitions posted on the White House website.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.


  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and co-host of the the network’s political webcast, “Top Line.” He tweets @rickklein.

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  • Jonathan Betts

    are we going to have men with assault rifles in our schools?

    • Val

       Um, maybe you haven’t notices, but we ALREADY have men with assault rifles in our schools.

    • Ted

      Your Police State is on the way Jonny. You already have Big Brother everywhere, the Nanny State is there to care for the indigent, crippled and helpless, the Surveillance State and soon your Police State.

      Americans will continue to surrender their liberties and freedom for a bit of security.
      One inclement at a time.
      Good luck buddy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    Simple question – who pays for it? I hope they aren’t suggesting it comes out of already strapped school budgets.

    However, if any town wants to station their police officers in schools and budget for it – why not?

    I don’t know who thinks “one” guard in large building will be sufficient to stop any attack, but it’s idiotic.

    • GIJoe

      Pay for them by taxing guns and ammo.  Tax them as we tax cigarettes and the problem may disappear.

      • Whatnow

         This was what I was thinking.  If it is correct what another poster said that the gun industry pays over $1 per gun to the NRA then they would not mind pay or the Security Officers and for the Mental Health programs that might help some of the people that go off the deep end and use guns on innocent people. 
        I bet if paying for the NRA solution with taxes on the gun industry it will not be such a good idea inside the NRA.  

  • Raoul Ornelas

    Did America expect anything thing else from the NRA? This was a typical Wayne LaPierre bone head response to murder with guns. Clearly those dead from last weeks massacre no longer have 2nd Amendment rights!  Mr. La Pierre needs a full psychological work up to resolve his fear demons. What America fears is people like:  Wayne LaPierre/Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers whom want America for themselves. Mr. La Pierre always refers to god fearing Americans with good records, however, this dog does not hunt. The shooter at New Town like his mother had clean records and I suppose they were God fearing creatures but not enough, when the shooter murdered his mother and 27 others. We need gun control, like Japan has where gun ownership is forbidden; Japan has not had a crime by shooting since about WW II!

  • JerroldRichards

    Would anyone but a dangerous nutcase make such a statement? Perhaps we need to take legal steps to keep this LaPierre guy away from firearms.

  • Val

    While the NRA’s response is pointless, unnecessary, and possibly even dangerous,  no one seems to be looking at the real source of the problem. It’s not about guns people, It’s about mental health ! !  Guns don’t pull their own triggers. People do. And the people who are pulling these triggers are NUTS!   We need to identify these lunatics BEFORE they get to the guns.   Let’s start talking about how we are going to pay for mental health screening programs for elementary school children so we can catch them earlier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=803374967 Laura Gonzo

    Someone get that man a tin foil hat. He is clearly being controlled by hostile aliens. 

    • Ben

      What a foolish comment.
      No wonder America is going to hell in a hand basket.
      Good patriotic, ignorant, apathetic voters who return the same old trash back to Congress to continue the gridlock and usual waste of time our elected parasites they have become.

  • Don

    Last night on NPR, a story on gun control reported that gun manufacturers pay more than a dollar to the NRA for each gun sold. This would seem to make the NRA nothing more than a mouthpiece for the gun industry. With AR-15s offering the primary growth within the industry, today’s statement should come as no surprise.
    A side question is who is going to pay for all these armed guards?  I don’t believe they will be willing to work for what we pay teachers. 

  • Terrance

    When children see adults carrying guns, children want guns.  Think of the message to students: you can only be protected by guns.  You need protection from your fellow students.  You are only safe if you carry a gun.  A gun-carrying school volunteer will be seen as ‘king of the hill’–a challenge to be taken out, a target in the school doorway.  School becomes the target.  This idea glorifies guns as heroic.  We have all seen the videos of civilians carrying weapons in Somalia.  Is this what we want to see “protecting” our schools????  And how does it make it better if the weapon is “concealed”?   The NRA is exposing itself as a lobbyist/marketing organization that exists for the firearms industry and the Walmarts that sell firearms.  The NRA promotes fear, anger, and hate of society/government, because fear sells more guns. The NRA promotes weapons that look or perform like military assault weapons, yet it pretends to represent hunters. Hunters don’t need gun clips. How many of these gun “volunteers” will turn on the school or accidentally shoot our children.  I recall that our school officer accidentally shot himself, but it could have been a child.    

    • Bobt4528


    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      you know what really sells guns?  gun control efforts. the nra would never say that the 2nd amendment has anything to do with hunting. personally i think openly armed volunteers do not seem like a good idea but not for the reasons youy described. i do think that we need to allow our teachers to exercise their rights like everyone else. have you attempted to get rid of the school resource officers after that incident?

  • Jmlorimer

    Kudos to the anti-NRA demonstrators that disrupted this off-the-wall speech.  I’m a retired Kindergarten teacher – the thought of having to have  a gun in my desk at school is repulsive. Law enforcement personnel undergo continuous training and spend time on the firing range at regular intervals — who is going to make sure that school personnel get the same training, or can even hit the target? I would like to suggest that if LaPierre really believes in having armed personnel in every school, then the NRA  itself should fund his ideas. Instead of spending millions to (unsuccessfully)  bankroll far right candidates for office, the NRA should spend that money  to hire the armed guards he thinks are necessary. Absent that, and given the fact that a majority of NRA members think that everyone should undergo background checks, LaPierre doesn’t even represent the beliefs of many of NRA’s members; instead he’s a tool of the gun manufacturers. There is no logical reason to own a semi-automatic weapon for sport.   What “sportsman” goes deer hunting or duck-hunting with a Bushmaster and a 30-bullet magazine?   If it takes you 30 shots to down a deer, you  shouldn’t be out in the woods in the first place.  Semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines, “cop-killer” bullets,  and armor-piercing ammunition  are not benign hunting weapons; their primary purpose is to kill PEOPLE, and as such they should be banned,  and a buy-back program instituted  for these weapons already in circulation. 

  • Lavada

    After a major incident, various new laws are enacted to supposedly protect the public.After 9-11, all Americans became suspect. Box cutters, knives, etc. were outlawed on airplanes.After the shoe bomber, all Americans became suspects again to have their shoes checked.After the underwear bomber, all Americans became suspects once again. No carry on liquids. Full body scans or pat downs for all.Now we get to the point where 2012 had 4 major shooting sprees. So what, take everyone’s guns away because of a few isolated incidences.In each instant, Americans continue to lose more liberties inching their way to a Police State. It seems that Americans are willing to give up their liberties and freedom for some security.It seems that after the Sandy Hook shooting, not that many Americans have been swayed to give up their weapons in the pollings taken. What will it take to jolt the public further to change their minds?Have a massacre of 5 year olds and then 4 year olds. Maybe even babies.Since I have been following the news in the late fifties, I notice no matter where in the world it occurs,  when women and children are killed on a large scale, there is immediate outage. Over time the public forgets about it until the next incident.Keep shocking the public with these killings and eventually they yield or just become numbed over them.Its interesting to note that with Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, according to CNN there are no records of his whereabouts for the past 3 years. Why isn’t the media pursuing this story? Its standard practice for the authorities to do a historical check on a person’s past. Why not Mr. Lanza’s? Since 2009 there are no records of his activities, no friends, no work, nothingWatch the 31 second report from CNN. I can’t post the URL here, so type in the following or go to You Tube to access it. There are dozens of links about this story. Adam Lanza Did Not Exist For The Last 3 Years No Record Non ExistentSounds like MK-ULTRA at work here.

  • It

    My school district has had an armed officer stationed at our high schools since the Heath High School shootings in ’97 and I am glad of it. I know the kids there are safer because of it.

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