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. cb

    Guns in schools guns on every street corner, That is the NRA answer.

    At what point do we look around and see ourselves living in a police state? And isn't that exactly what the NRA loyal are most afraid of a police state ? More Government intrusion ? More uniforms? Armed Cops everywhere looks a lot like a police state.

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

      Actually I have no issues with the police. What I don't need is more government regulations that are completely ineffectual.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    To all of those who say there is no budget for this, what is a child's life worth? Do you think any of the parents who lost a child at Newtown wouldn't mind contributing an extra dollar or two in taxes? Maybe instead of sending aid to other countries, we could spend a small portion of that to save our children. Don't bring up money. We can find a way to pay for it.
    Taking guns away from law abiding citizens does nothing to prevent those who do not obey the law from obtaining them.
    Everyone is focusing on "clips". First of all it's a magazine. Actual clips are no more than 10 bullets that are put into a magazine. Let's say we limit magazine size to 10 as opposed to 20. Will the death of only 10 children instead of 20 make you feel better?

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

    The ultimate solution, chosen successfully by Great Britain and Australia, is harsh gun control. You will never hear gun control leave the lips of any NRA rep.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The number one crime increase that those countries are currently facing is home invasion while the home owner is present. Criminals there no longer have to fear that a homeowner may be armed. Brilliant!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FDC

    I wish they would out laws guns so all the criminals will go turn them in at the police station. Then if they don’t turn them in we could throw rocks at them seeing how we wouldn’t have anything to protect our families.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bodine

    You people honestly think gun control is gonna stop the violence ? In this case , a gun safe would of stopped this incident from happening plain and simple . A individual mistake tha cost the lifes of some beautiful people is what this is about . Owning a gun involves responsibility including locking them up from children . The mother is responsible , not the NRA

    December 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. llkub7245

    When the second amendment was written the typical gun could not fire off more than 6 rounds. Why does a gun enthusiast need to own a gun that fires off more than that. if they truely need a gun for self defense 6 rounds should be more than plenty. As that litlle girl for Sandy Hook stated in her letter: why can't people just go to a shooting range and leave behind the guns when they leave (paraphrased).

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

      When the Bill of Rights was written computers were not available either. From now on you must write all of your comments with pencil and paper, then hand deliver it to CNN HQ. We'll wait.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Good guys with handguns do not stop many bad guys with assault rifles. A cops worst nightmare: Being out gunned!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nygmen87

      You do realize that most cops have patrol rifles and submachine guns in the trunks of their cruisers right? And that most bad guys use handguns bc rifles cant exactly be concealed under a sweatshirt.

      December 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul O.

    What LaPierre, the NRA and others are inciting is another arms race – not with another country but with ourselves. And what hubris to offer their new National School Shield Program free to other countries. Those countries have less than a tenth of the gun violence problem we have. We should take advice from them!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lynne

    Rather than put cops in schools or trying to control gun ownership, why don't we just stop having male children?

    December 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb


      sooooo, aside from the obvious problems with the human race continuing without "male children", women can't commit violence too? Assuming you weren't just being sarcastic or poking fun to incite others...what an ignorant and narrow minded comment.

      December 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cb

    The NRA vision for America looks a lot like the very thing the 2nd Amendment was meant to prevent, A police State.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      More like NRA state....there are only 4 million NRA members in this country I bet Justin Bieber has more twitter followers than that. There are 310 million Americans, are we and the politicians so cowardly that we allow 4 million NRA gun fanatics dictate to us. Now we will let them train gun toting security gaurds to 'protect' our children?....protect them from what .....other gun owners? Won't the gun toting NRA guards desensitize our school kids to guns or will the NRA trained guards pursuade them that guns are the only solution. GOD BLESS AMERICA

      December 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nate

    For all you crying that putting police in schools (btw many states already do) will create a police state, you should know what a police state is:

    a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures

    putting more police on the ground is not repression of your rights...

    December 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    I have a question for anyone who thinks this is a good idea: What about recess? How do you protect hundreds of kids while playing at recess or lunch? By the time the "armed guard" finds where the shooter is coming from, hundreds of rounds could have been fired, then what is the guard going to do, start firing back from a distance with hundreds of rounds? That really seems safe to me. Or are we going to stop letting kids play at recess. Not all schools have a single point of entry.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nomo-repubs

    Ban assult rifles, but armed school security.humm not bad!

    December 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Please define assault riffle...

      December 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Avid99

    The apocalypse really did come today.....
    An armed guard to protect children from an armed nation? Seriously?
    Is this what the forefathers had in mind when they mentioned an armed militia?

    December 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dhf

    Since NRA is recommending armed police officers in every school they the should be required to pay for it.

    December 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Rampage shootings in schools not even in the top 100 causes of children dying. The amount of money and resources this would cost is way out of proportion to the possibility it may stop a lone killer with NRA approved assult rifle, hand gun or any other all American Instrument for killing...

      December 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake Louis

      Ironically..... Kinder Surprise are banned in the USA because they pose a danger to small children but firearms arent? What is wrong with this story. WAKE UP AMERICA

      December 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
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