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. llkub7245

    Are you kidding??? Even the good guys turn bad and end up shooting innocent people. We are not demonizing gun owners. The fact is it is far too easy for people to get a hold of guns (their guns or someone elses) and use them maliciously!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • GT66

      And that's why no matter what restrictions you pass on guns, they will always fail.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RN

    Great let's put cops at every school in America. No what about every mall, office and restaurant?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      Have you not been to a mall or office building lately?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith S.

      That is what concealed carry is for. Listen to what is being said and drop the ignorant liberal rhetoric. You opposition to what the NRA proposes is what will actually get our children killed. The AWB will not protect the children. As the NRA stated, a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. Get with the program and help. Stop hindering.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @Kieth ...Good guys with a handguns are not going to stop too many bad guys with assault rifles!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RS

    Bob Cooper did not watch the press event, nor read the transcript. NRA IS funding the school shield program, and locally would be covered by volunteers.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Steve

    I think there is two really important things to consider that I haven't seem much in the postings:
    1. How many of you have ever pulled the trigger and shot (to kill) a man/woman? You shoud not assume this is an easy thing to do. Ask ANY vet of war. Ask me. I spent a year in Southest Asia.
    2. Ask every policeman/woman you meet how they feel about civilians carrying guns in theaters, schools, etc. and how effective they think it would be. What are the risks, benefits. I wager you will have ignited their worst nightmare.

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

      So instead Steve we will let the killers keep the guns and pick everyone off unarmed so the CT incident happens again

      December 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin B.

    I'm glad he called out the media for their complicity in all of this. Everytime one of these mass shootings occurs, their sensationalized 24/7 coverage gives every loner-wacko a blueprint for infamy. CNN even hashtagged this sicko's name!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. MG

    Unbelievable, more guns equal the answer??? On top of it every major city in the US is broke and schools are strapped as well. Who is going to pay for armed police in schools when Cities can't even get their own police due to money. Great solution NRA. I don't see the NRA throwing out the millions of dollars to help from just a week of guns sales since the tragedy!!!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacob

      how about cutting senseless funding for THE MATING HABITS OF THE EASTERN DIAMONBACK or THE ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Common Sense

    This is not bad. Better security for schools along with bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should make a real difference. We can add a tax to gun and ammunition sales to fund the federal school safety program. I have to say that sounds like a decent idea NRA, good work!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacob

      How about we tax the Democrats for removing the morality of our schools, murdering children and mooching(47%) off the US.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOSE

    Jeff

    Get you facts straight and do not be such a dumb A_S. None of the children in China died, because the individual did not have assault weapon.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacob

      are you here legally?

      December 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Intruder Alert

    Simple solution. They make a small fingerprint reader gun safe. Mount one to the wall in every classroom that can only be opened by the school faculty. This would be a one time cost. Now schools don't look like such a good target anymore. Done. Kids protected.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jacob

      The first GOOD IDEA on here!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    So....now that both sides had their say...your president putting together a little 'work group' to come up with solutions and the other side pushing to arm everyone. Just give it a few weeks (x-mas...new years...College bowls and NFL playoffs) will dominate the headlines again till the next incident. Since everything in America needs to be bigger and better the next crazy guy will surely try to beat the Connecticut body count. This is America after all!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. J Perry

    Way to go La Pierre ! The way to combat violence is with violence ! This is why you are chief of the gun enthusiasts of the USA. I would not be surprised if a guard with an automatic rifle is what you're thinking.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Pam

    My biggest confusion with the recommendation to put armed police officers in schools is that so many schools have had to limit courses offered, class sizes have increased (student teacher ration), school activities and sports have been cut back or totally elimitated so where is the money going to come from to fund this?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Slipstrm

    Here is a solution, I would be willing to donate my time, carry my Concealed Licensed weapon and be present in a school for one day a week as a possible deterrent to evil. No charge.
    My children are worth that to me and I'm sure others will feel the same way.
    Everyone here is crying for some to do it for them, Work toward a solution instead of crying and whining.
    I learned at a very early age to saddle my own bronc's.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Slipstrm

    Here is a solution, I would be willing to donate my time, carry my Concealed Licensed weapon and be present in a school for one day a week as a possible deterrent to evil. No charge.
    My children are worth that to me and I'm sure others will feel the same way.
    Everyone here is crying for some to do it for them, Work toward a solution instead of crying and whining.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      Ah, but you are not allowed to because schools are gun free zones. Doesn't anyone wonder why mass murders always take place in "gun free zones?"

      December 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    I'd like everyone to realize the enormity of this. This is a special interest group that has meddled in politics for decades and controlled legislation regarding gun control by de-electing un NRA loyal congressmen and women. This special interest group is now asking congress to appropriate money (that we do not have) to develop a program that wll protect our children from the guns they worship. Don't answer. Just think.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      Yes, just think. You are saying that we cannot afford to protect children

      December 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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