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. Loqe

    There is a reason we pay taxes in this country> that is so that we have a police and army to protect us in our daily lives, so that we don't have to learn how to kill others and just try to go about our own business.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • You get what you pay for

      Alright, but this means that taxes will HAVE to increase. RIght now police departments are already on a tight budget, so we have to generate more money to hire extra workers. I don't mind but the same people who love their guns tend to hate taxes.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Gallagher

    To Mr. LaPierre: The "noise" directed at you did address the cause of the problem at hand. It's the guns. It's quite simple. No guns means no shootings. And by the way those corporate "enablers" are your paymasters and in turn you are the paymaster for the politicians you buy. Blood is certainly on your hands. History was written on December 14th, 2012.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. C'mon!

    I guess this means the NRA is going to pay for armed officers in every school, YAY.....oh wait

    December 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. sly

    The NRA is the 2012 equivalent of the 60's KKK, basically evil destroying this nation.

    Screw the NRA: 300 million guns for 280 citizens?

    The blood of 20 children is on EVERY NRA members hands. YOU created this situation, so look in a mirror. The idea of armed guards in schools is just like every other idea the NRA has to make money.

    Money Money Money is all they want, dead school children won't stand in their way to profits.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    I really want to believe that many members of the NRA would not have a problem with banning assault weapons. Mr. LaPierre's presentation today was in my opinion absolutely disgusting. And no, I am not in favor of banning all guns, just assault weapons.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rui

    Is it worth the risk of having guns out there so that a select few enjoy firing them? Get a diffent hobby..period!
    How many of us know people that hold legitimate weapon licenses while we know that they have unstable close relatives. Put 2 and 2 together and you have an availalel weapon at anyones disposal. Worst case of compromise nobody needs a gun with more than 2 bullets. Like firing, rent a weapon at a firing range...thats it.
    We need everyone to stand up for this.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    I was surprised at the conference. The NRA actually has a plan that would STOP these shootings. Everything I have heard from everyone else just want to punish gun manufacturers and law abiding citizens who own guns. There are 800 million guns in the US. Stopping these companies from making a few different kinds of NEW "assault rifles" isn't going to stop massacres.

    The NRA = has a solution (I don't know how good it is...., but they at least offered something)

    Everyone else = is mad and upset, ignorant of the situation and their solution is NOT going to stop the next killer.

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

      You call armed guards in every school a solution? So along with armed guards, we can put 12 foot walls around schools, lock down class rooms with steel doors and remove windows for safety. Congrats, our kids now go to schools in prison-like conditions.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mat

    How many varieties of French cheese are banned by the FDA in America because they're "dangerous"? Assault rifles on the other hand, no problem. What if years from now they develop guns with nuclear capacities, will the NRA defend every enthousiast's right to own one?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan the Man

    What about at the mall? Should Macys arm their sales clerks? What about at the movies? Should the person that sells you popcorn have an AK-47? What about at work? Should we all have a gun?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Why Why Why

    "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." ........uhhhhhh yeah unless the bad guy never had the gun to begin with......d0uche

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      How do you propose disarming the bad guys? Do you think they will voluntarily turn in the tools of their trade?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Assualt rifles are military weapons. They belong in accountable hands, controlled hands and trained hands. They should not be in the hands of private citizens to be used against police, neighborhood intruders or people who don’t agree with you. These are the weapons that maniacs acquire to wreak murder and mayhem on innocents. They are not the same as handguns to help homeowners protect themselves from intruders. They are not the same as hunting rifles or sporting rifles. These weapons are designed for harm and death on big scales. How can the NRA thnk they are not to blame for this when they were the strongest force behind letting the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expire? We had legislation in place that would have prevented this killer from obtaining these gusn, but the NRA, Dick Cheny and others let it expire in 2004.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The so called assualt weapon ban was an abject failure of mammoth proportions. Study after study concluded that it had absolutely no effect on crime. That was why it was allowed to lapse. It was a waste of money and resources.

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

      The bill expired in 2004. Since then (8 years), there have been over 17 mass shootings. From 1994 to 2004, there were 7. Obviously a ban doesn't take all assault rifles off the street immediately (and there are several root cuases to this issue that a ban doesn't address), but show me one study that can contrdict those facts.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    Okay, lets ban "assualt weapons". Since assault is actulally a behavior and not an object, then any object that can be used as a weapon needs to be banned, including baseball bats, golf clubs and knives. That should take care of it.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      If this killer ony had a baseball bat or a golf club or knives, there wouldn't be 26 dead people. If you are honestly comparing the damage inflicted by an assault rifle to a knife then you might be the dumbest person on the planet.

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

      Obviously you didn't think before you commented, so perhaps you may be the dumbest person on earth. There wouldn't have been the number period. Did you see the story about the person in China on the same day that stabbed almost as many children to death?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      False! Nobody died in China last week due to the stabbing. Yes, it was a horrific incident but nothing close to Newtown. China has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Thanks for making my point for me Jeff. Again, you might be the dumbest person on the planet.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pickettman

    It's time to disarm the NRA. Their only answer to any and everything is more guns.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The NRA is an organization. How do you disarm an organization?

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

    I guess his only plan is to protect the school children, while in school, from a crazed madman, but when one barges into a movie theatre, you're screwed? I CANNOT believe (as a Canadian) how much power the NRA has. America's gun culture is so foreign and so shocking to me, I can't get over it.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BobFromPA

    After reading a lot of the comments the NRA did exactly what it did not want to do. The Newtown shootings was hoped to be a turning point to add sanity back into the gun ownership issue, this response from the NRA just made it that! I am a gun owner BTW that feels no semi-automatic should have more than a 3 round capacity.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      but why are you a gun owner in the first place....to protect yourself from other gun owners? violence begets violence.

      December 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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