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. BobFromPA

    Does this reply really surprise anyone. It shouldn't.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a surprise

      No, I hear the same logic from the idiots who have said they will "revolt" if Obama takes away their semi-automatic assault riffle.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KellyF

    Eh NO. You need to love your kids more than THINKING you have the RIGHT to carry assault rifles and stuff that is ONLY needed by THE MILITARY you morons!

    December 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Russell

    I have yet to head a good reason from anyone who is pro-gun of why you need to have a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. The NRA should step up and support proper gun control laws. Just as we have loads of regulations on cars, botgh in how they are made and what you have to do to own and drive one, the NRA could champion the same sort of things for guns. Use their influence for good!

    December 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Boyton Toyboy

    I grew up around guns and hunting. So far, I have never gone hunting with a Sig Sauer, Glock or AR15. I also don't know why a person needs over 4-5 rounds in a clip. I suspect these guys support private ownership of these things, because they think someday the people will need to stand up to our government in a rebellion. I think that day is 100+ years gone. I don't care what handgun you have or how many rounds, you'll look pretty funny shooting at a tank or attack helicopter. So, really the NRA seems sadly out of date and a bit pathetic. Let me keep my deer rifle and bird gun, the rest is just to play soldier with...let's leave that to the real soldiers.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • maximus9


      December 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mddong

      I dont own a gun and its finally nice to see a gun owner who I can relate to. Im saddend to hear the NRA's response to this. Its like cigarette manufacturers when they were trying to justify cigarettes as healthy and "everyone should do it".

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

      Thank you for sharing that. I too am in the same situation. All i need to go hunting is a rifle that holds 4 rounds and a shot gun.
      I mean, what are they gonna say next, legalize tank ownership bc that's how i like to hunt, and therefore we should have guys with tanks protecting our towns. This is utter madness

      December 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mkat2

    There is NO way to anticipate or prevent a crazed person from committing atrocities. While I'm ok with a ban on assault weapons, the REAL issue is our mental health system, or lack of it. The REAL issue is organizations like the ACLU who promote laws that tie the hands of a sick person's family, in the name of the mentally ill person's 'civil rights', uncaring about the civil rights of the general population. A demented person can carry out their sick & evil deeds by many other means not involving guns.

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

      you are correct in a sense, but had the guy not had a clip with 100s of bullets or the type of gun he had, many of those students would not have died. It is all about the gun and clip type that needs to be addressed.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayDubya

      Like so much in life, balance is required. Keep the semi auto assault type weapons out of easy reach, make mental health treatment easily accessible, and provide a mechanism to get the people who can't or won't be helped off the street. Not an easy task but that doesn't mean we should give up.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avid99

    My children would have refused to attend a school where weaponry was present. But, should such an idea be seriously considered (I don't think it will), then I propose a $250 tax on every gun sold in the US to help pay for it. They created the problem, they should bear at least some of the cost.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Just_A_Post

    Epic fail NRA. I can not believe they blame the Newtown event on the media and the entertainment industry. The issue is much deeper than that. A hodge podge militia outside of schools is not the answer. Look at what happened in FL when Zimmerman felt empowered to kill an innocent kid. I am not a proponent for a total ban on guns; however I am convinced there need to be changes.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alice

    NRA should start by taking the full responsibility for the killing of those innocent children. Anyone and that is anyone who defends the right of gun ownership to have a sense of power in order to take the law into their own hands –in the claim if self defense - is directly responsible for this horrendous crime and similar crimes that happened or will happen.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The NRA is in no way responsible for what happened. If one looks at what the NRA actually does, instead of just blindly following the lamestream media, they would see an organization that teaches safety to everyone from law enforcement to children.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Loqe

    over 1,000,000 US citizens killed from gun violence since 1960. The NRA is responsible for killing more US Citizens than all the wars and terrorist organizations combined.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Again, blaming an organization that has promoted safety and training for over 150 years. There is absolutely no logic behind your statement.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Boyton Toyboy

    Lastly, can you just imagine our little kids having to walk by national guardsmen to enter their school? If that's what it takes, then we are ruined as a country. These guys at the NRA value the right to play soldier more than our kids safety.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Just_A_Post

      So true!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bobby

    No. Just simply, no. We cannot answer violence with violence. This is NOT a "meaningful contribution" to this discussion. Even if I agreed with NRA, how many officers will be assigned to each school? Will you have one in every single classroom? In the time it would take a "peacekeeper" to arrive in an area being attacked, dozens of people could be dead. Ban assault weapons for non-military personnel.

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

    And in other news, the Taliban, AlQaeda and all other terrorist organizations have endorsed the NRA as their heroes.

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

      Good one!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matt

    Who's gonna pay for that? Look, I support banning assault weapons and tighter gun control, but it's not going to remove the 300k existing guns from the streets. Arming teachers is stupid. Why not compromise on a voluntary program to allow for the deputization of school administrators, giving them the right to carry and arrest. There can be training and coordination with municiple police forces and very very heavy background checks along with mental health screening. Our school administrators believe in education which is frankly the person I'd rather have the money going towards than extra kindergarten cops.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. notthamike

    So the answer is more guns... imagine that

    Say, you're dieing of cancer, right?
    well, have you tried... more cancer?

    December 21, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Logic?

      Yes, If your house is burning down....you need to add more propane to put it out : /

      December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomnikoly

    The NRA needs to be marginalized. The NRA should have NO input into any new firearms legislation. ALL semi-autos should be banned....pistols as well as assault weapons. ALL ammo should be heavily taxed. The amount of ammo purchased should be limited. The "gun show loophole" needs to go away.

    THIS TIME the semi-auto ban needs to be properly written so the gun manufacturers will be prevented from getting "cute" with their designs to get around the law. It's not that hard to do.

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

      Sure-That will solve ALL the issues. All the bad guy’s will run and turn in there guns. What a joke!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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