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, 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.

Baltimore County Public Schools already has school resource officers at most of its middle and high schools. Police patrols around schools without resource officers, mainly elementary schools, have increased following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

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.

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.

Editor Nayana Davis contributed to this report.

Steve December 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
He bombed big time. This was the headline in the New York Daily this morning. "CRAZIEST MAN ON EARTH: Just 90 MINUTES after moment of silence for Newtown victims, vile NRA nut blames violence on everyone and everything EXCEPT the guns" Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com#ixzz2FnDYcwYt
Raina December 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Do you think that Elementary school children could defend themselves better our Middle and Highschool children?? The security at our Elementary school in Towson is about none! An officer doing paperwork in the parking lot once in awhile is insufficient and really just a joke for security. Are we going to minimize the murders of our children at the least or just pretend that it may never happen here??? Arm all of our schools, why let the insane prey on our wide open, unsecure targets, our children in schools! Fighting over gun laws takes forever, in the meanwhile do your best to protect Our Children in School now! We understand that these events are rare and we can't prevent all of them. We also know that when confronted by deadly force, it minimizes the carnage!! Raina Psoras
FIFA December 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Raina, have you ever fired a weapon or been fired upon by a weapon such as that used in Conn.? Do you have any idea how heavily armed this intruder was?
Mike Pierce December 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
LaPierre is a nut-case. It's people like him that are the root of the problem.


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