Put armed officers in every school, NRA official says
A protester holds a sign at the NRA's press conference in Washington on Friday. The protester was removed.
December 21st, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Put armed officers in every school, NRA official says

Congress should "appropriate whatever is necessary" to put armed police officers in every school in the United States, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association told reporters in Washington on Friday.

"If we truly treasure our kids more than our money, more than our celebrities ... we must give them the greatest level of protection possible - ... properly trained, armed good guys," Wayne LaPierre said.

LaPierre, whose comments come in the wake of last week's shooting that killed 20 children and six women at a Connecticut elementary school, said the media demonizes gun owners, but that guns in the hands of "good guys" are desired by everyone in the moments they find themselves in danger.

LaPierre said former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, will lead an NRA effort to help schools develop safety programs.

Given federal spending in areas such as foreign affairs, "can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?" LaPierre asked.

There were at least 132,180 public and private schools in the United States in the 2009-2010 school year, according to U.S. Department of Education.

"For all the noise and anger directed at us ... nobody has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now ... in a way that we know works?" LaPierre said.

He said media outlets report "untrue" claims about firearms. "They don't know what they are talking about," he said.

LaPierre did not appear to signal that the NRA was willing to consider any of the various gun control proposals floated since the Connecticut shooting.

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  1. Portland tony

    And while we place a police officer in every school, we should also consider a few police officers for every mall, theater, and bar in the US.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • roflsticks

      just have those places respect the 2nd ammendment. THe oregon mall shooter had the same gun as the batman and school shooter, but only 2 casualties happened. Reason? Citizen with legal handgun confronted him, so the shooter off'ed himself rather than continue a massacre. Schools are state funded, the least we could do is use that money wisely, and security guards is a wise way to use it.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Como se Huh?

      False, false, false, false, false. The Oregon shooter's gun jammed. Stop reporting this nonsense.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Victor

    So let me get this straight, in order to protect your rights to have military weapons, we need to invade kindergarten like it was a hostile nation? There are over 100,000 schools in the US. The only way to put guards in schools immediately is to call up the national guard. This is absolute insanity

    December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      I agree Victor! I would be much more practical to allow normal law aiding citizens such as principals and teachers to arm themselves. They would be in the best position to stop something horrible from happening at schools!

      December 21, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • pauleky

      Agreed, Victor. I don't want to live in a society where we're all cowering behind steel doors and barred windows. The NRA blames everyone, but refuses to look at themselves. They have created an atmosphere of paranoia – "they're out to get our guns!" – when, in fact, most people just want to be reasonable. No one has yet been able to explain to me (and most Americans, according to polls) why they need human killing machines. Keep your hunting rifles – no civilian needs to own an AK-47. You say it's for protection against the government? Really? What militia are you a part of? You do know that a simple drone strike will take care of you (and yeah, that's an entirely different issue), right? The NRA has scared you to death, not to mention the echo chamber of the right-wing media. We need sanity on this issue, not the same old thing that is clearly not working. I would like LaPierre to speak to the parents of those 20 kids – bet he wouldn't dare.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • onibabamama

      He and his devout followers are insane. I think there are many rational gun owners, but the NRA has become an uninformed cult. (I am not for a gun ban–my father owns a gun–but I do think better screening methods need to be in place.)

      December 21, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      No one in the public has "military weapons."

      December 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      Those same school all have nearby police departments and sheriff stations, just post up a 2-4 people from those areas during school hours and 1 hour before and after said hours.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. jcvance

    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." – Mohandas Gandhi

    "A gun for a gun makes the whole world armed." Wayne LaPierre

    December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      An armed front desk means that no one will get PAST the front desk!

      December 21, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • proudscigeek

      No Hot Carl, it doesn't.

      Do the schools in your neighborhood only have a single door? Wouldn't that be against fire code?

      December 21, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Hey Proudscigeek, fire escape doors open OUT not IN.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      An eye for an eye is from the old testament and it isn't meant to mean for you to tear out someone's eyeball if they tore out one of yours. It means that if you make someone blind, you are responsible for being their eyes. If you make someone unable to fight, you are responsible for their protection (tooth for tooth).

      So yeah, we made these people and children unable to defend themselves (well, the children are always unable to defend themselves because they are children) so we should be responsible for defending them.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike Smith

    What a idiot

    December 21, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Smith

    He blamed everyone but the NRA.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Georgia

    NRA appears panicked and La Pierre is typically smarmy and pandering. The plan outlined discusses trained, licensed security. Fine, but, please address the true issue, access to semi automatic weapons to the average, untrained population, who view guns as toys and something for entertainment. The average person does not appropriately train and maintain training to react as necessary in a high risk situation. More likely, more innocents will die or the guns will again fall into the hands of others who would generally meet the requirements to purchase them and who will proceed to commit more atrocities. If semi automatic weapons are controlled, attempts by individuals to obtain them will raise red flags and should create an alert. These are not the criminals with connections who the NRA always harps on as the reason they can't be controlled. These are the high school and college class mates that we tend to ignore who are able to legally obtain the weapons because they are out there and available.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      Just remember that disarming the populace never means the same thing as protecting the populace.

      Also, never forget the main reason the 2nd amendment even exists after an army was founded in the USA was because it was believed the common man should have a means to fight back against an oppressive and corrupt government. Peacefully protests and using the ballot box to voice your opinion is all well and good, but a day will come when those mean nothing to people in power over you and the ability to physically fight back will be what changes that particular government at that time. It might be 100 years from now or it might be 20, but giving up your rights now is a sure way to miss them dearly later on.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. jcvance

    An armed rent-a-cop in every school. Let's see, should we cut the budget for new computers, musical instruments, lab supplies, textbooks, art supplies, a new teacher...........?

    December 21, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      Maybe they should put a 400% tax on guns to pay for it.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Nygmen87

      Most schools do have the budget to do something like that. Im from ny state and many school administrators here are grossly overpaid...... we have superintendents making almost 500,000 per year some of that could definitly be diverted toward better security nit to mention which the school probably wouldnt pay at all because the schools dont pay police officers' salaries, the local pd does. Also, my fiance is a teacher and she supports use of either armed pokice or armed teachers in schools. Did. I mention i live in one of the bluest states in the US that already has an assault weapons ban that has done absolutely nothing to stop criminals from obtaining guns partly due to the fact that 98% of them use handguns anyway?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Katherine Anderson

    What a cowardly but predictable response by the National (Assault) Rifle Association and gun manufacturer lobby. I guess they'd say anything to protect the billions of dollars of profit to be had in selling guns and amo. The NRA has made a low art of misreading the 2nd amendment and flaming the fans of paranoia. Guns don't make you saver - they endanger lives every day, at home and on our streets, and have no rational place in our schools.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Why Why Why

    How delusional is this guy? You couldn't even write a character like this him, no one would believe he could exist.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gene

    This is why the NRA is sooooo dangerous! Come on, man, take some responsibility. Gee.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • idaho guy

      Drunk drivers kill more people than guns every year. Why dont we make alcohol illegal? Where is the outcry for this?

      December 21, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      This is for Idaho Guy- Man, I am sick of that argument. People who die in car wrecks- whether drunk drving be a factor or not- die by accident. If 26 people in Connecticut had randomly died that day by accidentally shooting themselves, we wouldn't be having this conversation...

      December 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Larson

    Great job NRA, now the public is going to be even more against guns and gun owners

    December 21, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. maximus9

    And, of course, as expected, kicking the can down the road. Trained retired policemen, retired military? Really? Sure, let's get an old, potentially wacko, guy in a school, armed, and ready to stand up and protect little kids against an assault rifle. Good luck with that. Talking to the NRA is a giant waste of time, and no one expected otherwise.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Right. Who's going to pay for 100,000 more police officers? Bankrupt local governments?

    NRA: Nice try, reframing the argument and insulting every American's intelligence. How about some meaningful proposals? When you have a problem with gun violence, more guns are not the answer.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    I sure hope Mr. LaPierre intends for these armed school guards to carry an M16 or M4 with at least four extra 30-round magazines full of hollow point rounds....because that's what he wants to make sure the bad guys coming for them are allowed to have.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. maximus9

    If this lame speech doesn't show ANYONE with some brain, able to use logic and common sense, what the NRA is really about and how dialogue with these morons is a giant waste of time and pointless, I don't know what else will.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Just_A_Post

      As I posted... Epic fail NRA.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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