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. Ali

    I agree. We can put undercover, plain clothed, air marshalls on our planes to protect us when we fly. I fully support the same in our schools to protect my children. Every school should have one.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon KIng

      Then they can just go to the next soft target, soccer fields Stupid idea.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      Yes to Big Government

      Yes to guns in schools, movie theaters churches, grocery stores public gathering places.

      Hey maybe we can higher "Warriors" just back from Afghanistan ! They would never crack-up and go on a shooting spree.

      Oh and let's pay for this Police state with by cutting social services for the mentally ill

      Sorry NRA. You lose this time..

      December 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      But it will take more than one officer in each school. Try 2 for each elementary school (ask any policeman and they will tell you the first officer draws the fire, but it is the second that returns it most effectively), 4 per middle school (bigger buildings), and probably 8 per high school (multiple floors and entrances). In my city that's another 40 people you have to pay. How much to pay them? They will be full-time, which means around $50 K per guard per year. That's a $2 million per year expense, just fo rmy town. Anyone want their taxes raised to pay for it?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. open400

    Typical NRA solution: We need more guns to solve the problem of too many guns already. We would have to deploy more armed people to the schools than we have fighting terrorism in the Middle East! Fiscal conservatives that condone the policies of the NRA: How are we going to pay for 100,000+ armed school guards? The GOP are already cutting school funding. What gets cut next in order to have these armed school guards. Armed school guards would be another legal responsibility for the school and potential liability for law suit. Could the parents of a school sue the school if a shooting occurred and the armed school guard did not stop the shooting? What if a trigger- happy armed school guard erroneously shoots the guy from the gas company reading the gas meter in the back of the school? What is the relationship between the armed school guard and the local police? Should the armed school guard be a member of the local police? We have to do all this so we can stop lunatics using military weapons?
    Is greater confusion possible?

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

      Excellent post.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      I support any gun tax that will provide armed protection at schools.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Damn Dirty Ape

    Wait wait wait....So it's ok to protect our money and a select few but not schools? Even if a full ban on semi auto's happened we will never get guns off the streets, not in our lifetimes. No matter what happens I would like to know that at least SOMEONE is there to protect our kids. Everyone can't be sheep, someone has to be the wolf.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. glenn

    The NRA has gone Full Mental Jacket-their solution to Sandy Hook, Tucson, Aurora, Columbine? More guns and their glorification rather than the common sense gun regulation that even the majority of their members support. common sense gun laws-ban of assault weapons, clips over 10 rounds, closing the gun show/personal sale loophole allowing 40% of sales to avoid background checks along with improved mental health services and coordination with health providers and law enforcement IS the start of a solution. Today VP Biden is meeting with law enforcement to garner their support as he has in the past for gun law regulation that will help safeguard them and those they protect.

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

      You can't magically un-invent guns. America is already armed to the teeth. A ban would not change that.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1608

    nra that is just stupid. What you are saying is lets have a shootout in schools Church's malls etc. BUMB!!!!!!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rachel

    Wow! Shouldn't be surprised. Am disgusted actually. It's time to make the NRA less powerful than the people the politicians were elected to serve and for us all to support better gun control and restrictions and remember which politicians won't. People shouldn't be able to buy assault weapons. Why do they want them anyway? Collecting guns is ridiculous!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tom

    Get in touch with your congresman & senators and tell them how you feel. The NRA wields a lot of money and influence, change will only happen if we demand it of our leaders. You cannot make the argument to me that a citizen needs to arm themselvs with an assualt rifle with a 100 round clip.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. John Mann

    Didn't see that one coming. ;) So the NRA's answer is to sell even MORE guns.,.this time to teachers even and have teachers carry. Either that or hire tons of cops to guard every single school. Insane. Well, if the NRA leaders and members want to pay for those extra cops, I guess that would help...but they won't...that would cut into the gun sales profits.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Gisele

    Is the NRA going to foot the bill for these armed guards in all the schools during these troubled financial times? They seem to have loads of cash so lets ask them to pay shall we–by special referendum? Then we'll truly be on the way to a police state. Bravo NRA for showing us how asinine you are–oh and by the way, I am a gun owner and resent being categorized as another knee-jerk liberal just to quell the forthcoming asinine replies to my post.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. SK

    We do not need to ban all guns. I live in a place where part of how people survive is by hunting for food.
    We do need to ban guns that have the capacity to kill many humans quickly. No 30 bullet clips for example.

    And we do need to deal with the hate and fear and paranoia, fed by the NRA, Rush, FOX and others that has put people in a place emotionally where they are ready to fire. The polarization of our nation has a lot to do with what is going on. Add a gun culture that promotes grandiosity and paranoia, and glorifies shooting and its toxic

    We also need to work on parenting programs, mental health.
    There is a lot we can do

    All that being said, I would not be adverse to having a few people in each school trained to be first responders if a person explodes and comes into a school with a gun. It wouldn't have to be a policeman or woman. A staff person could be trained by the police in how to use a weapon, and use it safely in such situations. My guess is there would be someone in each school who would be comfortable with this role. I really wish we didn't have to go that direction. But right now, with so many guns out there..... there is probably not way we can totally prevent such events from happening.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. just-the-facts

    tomnikoly,
    you are wrong. if you really care and want to be logical about safety get informed with the facts.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Derek

    The NRA big announcement.. put armed officers in every school. I am curious how even an armed officer would hold up against an attacker wearing a bullet proof vest and unloading 30-100 bullets from an AR-15 semi automatic rifle.

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

      Much better than an unarmed child.

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

    A partial solution to this problem is doing away with "gun-free" zones. All but one of the mass murders in the last 10 years has been committed in one of these "gun-free" zones. Why? Because criminals know there is a very good chance no one will be armed when they commite a crime in one. In San Francisco criminals simply need check the city website to see where it is safe to commite a crime. The "gun-free" zones are all posted!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Tim

    Everyone is just useing guns as an excuse. Whats going to happen after there is another mass shooting after a ban is put in place? Then who are you going to blame?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tom

    Nice job CNN.. we don't show streakers at a football game or baseball game, but you show a protester on your lead in to the story! How about you try to be impartial for once?

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