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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 a 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 Barrington 220 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.

brian December 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
LaPierre laepue more more more...
Mister Kyle December 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Your taxes also pay Congress and the rest of the assholes rather exorbitantly.
Mikein algonquin December 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Why not have armed guards at the schools? If the powers that be cannot come up with another means to safely protect the kids armed guards should be used. As a sidepoint, Obama's kids go to the Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC. That school does have armed guards who have been in use before the Obama kids, who get Secret Service protection, started to attend. Why should one type of people, the rich and powerful, have better protection for their kids than those less well off?
Mikein algonquin December 25, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Does anyone else seem to think this is hypocritical that while Obama and other connected people send their kids to a school with armed guards (who had armed guards before the Obama kids attended) they are opposed to armed guards at all schools.
Aspen January 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I (myself being a student) personally would feel safer knowing that certain people around me are trained and ready to protect me if an armed criminal attacked.

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