NRA Calls for 'Armed Security' in 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 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.

Jim Dunleavy December 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
What idiocy. the President is a target fo those who want to harm this country, our children and our schools are not exactly in that category. This slippery slope garbage is what this organization has been selling for many years. using the same logic, our continued response to 9/11 should be armed police and soldiers at every airplane door, or better yet perhaps every bank door, it can go on and on and on, The american people need to stop buying this fractured, circular logic. Ban assault weapon sales and their ammunition. Background checks for every sale that includes a mental health screening. If people want to collect guns, collect them without the firing mechanisms. Store firearms at shooting ranges, apply technology to guns so they can only be fired by their owner, and have guns registered like cars, having to produce them every few years for inspection. This garbage about infringing on one's 2nd amendment rights is not considering how the abuse of that right infringes on the rights of others to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Legal Notice December 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Mr Dunleavy your hypocrisy is the same of the low information voter who is responsible for the Economic and moral mess in America. The fact of the matter is that if there was an armed cop or a trained armed guard the carnage would have either been stopped or at least would have been limited. Mr Dunleavy how do you protect your family . We have a legal right to protect ourselves from idiots like you and your Marxist president who is ruining the country. Amendment 2 aint about Duck hunting. You are a Gunophobe . Before we discuss any gun control remove the arms guards from outside Jewish places of worship, remove armed protection from your liberal politicians and remove all of their unrestricted right to carry permits which are denied to all lawbyding NJ Citizens First
Legal Notice December 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM
and further more Mr Dunleavy there is no constitutional right to an Automobile, U Clown
Paul Ostrow December 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Hey... Fort Hood was a military base, Columbine HS had a security officer, Virginia Tech had a University Police Department.... we should put a teacher in every gun store!
Judy December 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I see plenty of teachers in the gun store when I/they buy ammunition. I hope they are granted concealed carry permits.
John Santaella December 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Of course the answer to guns is more guns. Guns ueber alles.
Diane Schwarz December 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Next time a "bad" kid throws a rock, Give all the "good" kids a PILE of rocks!
Diane Schwarz December 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
PS: I heard a news report re: the California Teacher's Union, which withdrew their moneys from the company that makes the gun used in the Conn. killing. That's the way to fight the gun lobby!
shimon baum December 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yeah I'm sure that gun company will go out of business because of that now.
Keith Kaplan December 23, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Paul, if you've every been on a military base, you'd know that they are basically gun free zones, except for military police. The armed security officer at Columbine was having a smoke break and the first member of the Police Department at VA Tech that showed up ended the carnage. I'm not claiming to have any answers here, but one thing we need to do is start looking at accurate data on both sides. It's not as simple as EITHER side wants us to believe.
Keith Kaplan December 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I couldn't help but noticing that they had no problem investing with them to begin with


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