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NRA Calls for Armed Officers in All Schools

December 21, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr.
Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Saying the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre called for armed officers in all schools today during a press conference at the organization's headquarters.

LaPierre was speaking in response to President Obama's and certain legislators' calls for stricter gun control following last week's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

After saying that the NRA joins the nation in its grief over the Sandy Hook tragedy, LaPierre chided America for taking better care of money in banks than it does school children. "Banks have armed guards" but school children are left "utterly defenseless" because of "gun free zone" laws, he said.

LaPierre argued that because schools have no protection, they are ripe targets for monsters and predators, including mass murderers. "The next Adam Lanza is planning his attack now," LaPierre said.

In addition to calling for Congress to find the money for armed officers in all schools by the time school resumes in January, LaPierre slammed the media, including video game companies, for perpetuating a culture of violence. He also called for TV entertainment companies to stop promoting gun control through their news arms while immersing children in violent acts through TV and movies. "They have the nerve to call it 'entertainment,' but it is the filthiest form of pornography," he said.

The NRA is also establishing a new initiative to help schools improve their security. LaPierre said the School Shield program will be headed by former congressman Asa Hutchinson who also served as director of the DEA.

The School Shield program will be developed by some of the world's foremost experts on school security, and it will include armed security, building design, access control, and faculty and student emergency training. Hutchinson said each community will be allowed to tailor the program to meet its needs.

LaPierre said there is a large pool of trained and qualified professionals that could be used to provide armed security for schools. He specifically mentioned retired law enforcement officers, retired military, and retired rescue workers. He also said that the NRA through its police programs would help train school security personnel.

The press conference was interrupted twice by protesters calling for stricter gun control, especially for so-called assault weapons.

Tags: NRA, School Shootings, Sandy Hook School Shooting, Campus Safety, Retired Officers


Comments (16)

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D/Sgt. B @ 12/21/2012 4:39 PM

LaPierre and the NRA missed the mark terribly. Connecticut had some of the strictest laws in the nation, and it did little good. No one knows better than cops that bad law usually comes from basd cases.

Controlling guns in general is not what is needed, but something has to change with guns and mental health. Schools cannot and should not be prisons.

Barry S. @ 12/21/2012 6:53 PM

Perfect employment opportunity for competent veterans!

George @ 12/21/2012 7:27 PM

You kick God out of the government, God out of the courtroom, God out of the classroom, develope a no discipline type discipline for kids and make millions selling violent video games to children then set back 30 years like idiots while your country falls apart and goes straight to Hell then you wonder WHAT"S WRONG????? It does not take a rocket scientist nor even an education, even Bubba can figure that one out. But, it is the good old American way of doing things. We are right and the rest of the world is wrong. Okay, dummy stop and look at other countries who don't have this problem, jerk your brains out of your posterior and start correcting what needs to be corrected or is that just to politically correct????

James Troutt @ 12/21/2012 7:32 PM

Properly train vets would keep ours kids from harm...

D. McElheny @ 12/21/2012 8:06 PM

George YOU ARE SO RIGHT !!! It is about time that we return to God. He didn't leave us We left Him.

EOB ROY @ 12/21/2012 11:45 PM

Texas school's have thier own police force's and you don't see any scum bag's shooting thier school's up

Morning Eagle @ 12/22/2012 5:39 AM

George you hit some of the primary causes right on the head. I listened to La Pierre's talk and it made sense to me. As of now our so-called gun free school zones mean nothing but easy targets to anyone with evil intentions. Schools shouldn't be made into prisons and that is not what La Pierre is proposing. However, the security can certainly be improved without doing that. The idea of using certain categories of retirees has definite merit. I am retired from law enforcement, from the U.S. Army, and from private security and have been an NRA certified police combat firearms instructor and am highly trained and experienced. I also have grandkids attending schools in my area and, Yes, I would be more than willing to volunteer my time if they would have me. Finding the funding? Well for starters how about pulling back some of the hundreds of billions we give away in foreign aid every year to countries that continually oppose us, or stop spending more hundreds of billions on people living here in violation of our immigration laws, many of whom are getting free educations in these schools we are talking about.

Greg @ 12/22/2012 7:52 AM

WHAT'S WRONG WE ASK WELL ITS CALL GOVERNMENT THE IDIOTS WE HAVE MAKING DUM GUN LAWS THAT DON'T MEAN A DAM THING TO A VIOLENT CRIMINAL LIKE THE ONE IN CONNECTICUT, LOOK I WAS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR 30 YEARS AND IM GOING TO SAY THAT THE ONLY WAY THIS HORRIFIC ACT OF VIOLENCE COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED WAS HAVE A POLICE OFFICER ON DUTY,I'VE TOLD THOSE IDIOTS THAT FOR YEARS AND NO ONE LISTEN AND NOW WE HAVE 26 PEOPLE DEAD HOW MANNY MORE ARE GOING TO BE MURDER IN THE HANDS OF BRUTAL KILLERS, THIS HORRIFIC ACT WAS OVER IN TWO MINUTES THAT MEANS THAT IF YOU HAD POLICE OFFICER'S IN THE AREA PATROLLING IT WOULD PREVENTED THIS BECAUSE THE TRAINING THAT THEY HAVE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THEN AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES TO MUSTER UP AND FORM AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SEARCH OF THE SHOOL AND BY THAT TIME IT'S OVER, SO THE ONLY THING THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS WAS HAVING A POLICE OFFICER OR A RETIRED TRAIN PROFESSIONAL ON DUTY THAT WOULD HAVE CONFRONTED THIS CRIMINAL AND TERMINATE HIS ACTION.BUT THE POLITICIAN ARE GOING TO SAY MORE GUN LAWS THAT DON'T WORK GOD BLESS THIS GREAT COUNTRY I SERVE PROUDLY FOR 30 YEARS AND GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THAT HORRIBLE DAY

D. Elliott @ 12/22/2012 9:16 AM

I watched a few minutes of LaPierre's statements and then left the room. I had hopes that they would do something meaningful, but ...oh well. Soon we will have SRO's in all schools and it will be a excellent employment opportunity and a boon to the police business. NRA gets into the act by providing training --AT A REASONABLE COST-- and starting a new division to help school security --AGAIN AT A REASONABLE COST. This incident has and will be a boost to the gun industry while we all react in our various ways. There's money to be made boys and girls and the NRA and gun industry along with the private security industry will be there to fill their coffers.

Oh, incidentally, Columbine HS had a full time School Resource Officer who engaged the shooters but did not stay in the fight after they had gone into the school to continue their rampage. He did what he was trained to do. Now we are trained differently. There is not one answer to this problem and until we return to a place in this country where we can have civil discourse and have statesmen instead of politicians and have a political apparatus that learns to compormise instead of moving to its extremes, we will continue to go down a path of separation, ignorance.

Dan @ 12/22/2012 1:30 PM

@greg
We can all tell you've been a cop for 30yrs; you type in all caps and your spelling leaves something to be desired. :)

Dan @ 12/22/2012 2:22 PM

@george
When you bring god into the argument, I can take you no more seriously then if you said it were Santa Clause.

Tom Ret @ 12/22/2012 4:00 PM

I agree with the NRA's position but it will not resonate with the Bob
Costas' mind set out there who don't like guns and would rather hide under their theatre seat than be armed and shoot back and don't want anyone else to have guns. The problem with Bob and those who think like him, is that they can't grasp the fact that people who are going to commit murder will not and have not worried about gun laws. Mexico is a good example of how well gun control works.

John @ 12/23/2012 1:45 PM

D. Elliot: you sir are an idiot. Obviously, you are neither a police officer or an armed security guard. Police officers and licensed armed security guards are generally required to obtain firearms training from a state criminal justice training commission or state security guard licensing bureau approved instructor. So, how exactly would the N.R.A. benefit?

Doc @ 12/23/2012 8:27 PM

The NRA offered the new training for the schools free of charge and anyone that would "compromise" any of our rights for peace, do not deserve to be in the Country. People that blame the NRA & Guns for mass murder, are Idiots.
The criminal justice system needs to punish the Violent criminals, because that's what it takes for murder to happen. The news media is also a problem, and they cause other violent criminals to seek attention, by doing it "bigger & better" the next time.
Gun Control has failed for us, but it worked great for people like Hitler & Castro, just look at how many people they executed after they were disarmed.

Warren Dogeagle @ 12/23/2012 10:30 PM

The NRA has evolved to protect the NRA, the firearm businesses and the "membership dues"(handouts) they get to pay Lapierres million dollar salary. The vast majority, if any, of police agencies couldn't begin to place an officer in each school. Grover Nordquist is on the NRA board, and he intimidates Republican legislators to pledge no tax increases. How do you fund and staff such an unrealistic idea? At some point, the US Supreme Court may accept a case to make a current interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. My firearms aren't going anywhere for a long time and neither are yours.

Arthur j gutzman @ 12/24/2012 4:07 PM

I'm a retired peace officer and think the ones who have the children protection idea down pat, are the Isrealie people who have armed their teachers with the proper use of firearms! The only ones who benefit from these senseless crimes are the ones who want us defenseless and ripe for takeover. Our own government is not out friend as it is run by communists and a Muslim president!

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