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. Nick F

    When will America wake up and just label the NRA what they really are???????


    They push for guns via complete propaganda, a war-like state, believe that their "God given rights" trump that of any future assault weapons ban...which is anti-democracy, and live in a constant paranoia of the "government" attacking them.

    You know who else thinks that same way?....Jihadists in the Middle East.

    December 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    Either have an armed security in each school, or ban all guns. Or just arm everybody older than 18. 3 choices, should be voted and done right away because this is getting ridiculous. These poor kids had to die because of this mother being irresponsible. Unfortunately the.killer was a sick man, but How do we know this mother was not in it herself or at least she should.have been more careful. I mean come on Who takes their kids to the range. They obviously neef a reality Check. If you own a gun, you are.not a man and you live in fear.

    December 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    These guys at the NRA have been shooting at pop up targets too long. Anybody who knows about firearms doesn't take on a crazy armed with an AR-15 ...with a friggin' handgun.

    December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    IT is useless now to dissent against the assault upon those who have never commited a crime by those of the mobocracy.
    The feeding frenzy of of those who like chickens will pick at a weak one at first sight of blood within theirbrood,and as a group all will join in until they devour the weakened one.
    CNN And the mobs they spin all are part of that chicken pen.

    December 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jasonaquest

    "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

    So which of these is he?

    December 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fedup

    So the NRA thinks armed guards at school are a good idea, after they also think it's great to let anybody buy any kind of gun so some twisted, cowardly psycho can blow away 30 people before anyone can blink. What crap! One school guard can't be everywhere at once – why not 3 or 6? And since the NRA can outspend opponents about 4000 to 1 for their pro-gun lobbyists let's make sure the NRA deep pockets pay for all these guards. Our taxes sure can't – schools are already stretched thin (but maybe NRA didn't notice since they're so busy convincing everybody "guns don't kill people".)

    December 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    In light of these recent serial killings all being carried-out by drug addicts, Colorado's governor announced Wednesday that he wants mental health records made "readily available" for backround checks on firearm purchases.
    A loaded gun is a very dangerous thing all by itself. Place it in the hands of a drug addict, and innocent people die. (or get killed for trying to steal some doper's chrome hubcaps)

    December 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Quote from Dr Ann Blake Tracy "fact in 1992 I contacted the NRA and told them that if they did not help to educate the public about antidepressants that these drugs would be the means by which enough violence would errupt in our society for those in power to call for the taking of America’s guns. Apparently 20 years ago I was the only one to see this coming and was not taken seriously. Now here we sit right in the middle of it all…"

    December 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW&B

      Hmm.. Wouldn't that responsibility fall on the FDA???? Here we go again with the blame game.....

      December 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RW&B

    How about some accountability here! Everyone is so quick to blame someone else when there is a debatable issue! The bottom line is that Adam Lanza had a mental disorder that was blatant and all the red flags were there, but NO ONE did anything about it, and now there are 26 deceased children/adults..... Would someone pls enlighten me on how the NRA is at all responsible?????

    December 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      The killer was autistic, that is just not a red flag in itself.
      'How did the NRA become responsible for this?' Really? They have created a culture of firearms. How can any ordinary citizen own an assault rifle like a Bushmaster.223 seriously?

      December 22, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Down With The NRA

    It never mattered what the NRA said or did – because they were never about civil rights, but about the weapons that they obsess over: guns.

    At no time has the NRA ever been willing to support the other civil rights enumerated in the Consttution, so why should anyone listen to them when they insist on only ONE right and give moral support to violating all the others?

    December 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rocco

    How about the police "ON PATROL" stop into the schools a couple of times a day. Instead of flirting with the girls in the coffee shop... they can't be that busy in such a small town..

    December 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rocco

    After all... aren't they paid to protect the people who pay their salary; and their children too???

    December 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deshawn

    If you ever want to see how foolish CNN has become, just watch Piers Morgan.

    December 22, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    Try an experiment in the next election. Vote against any candidate that gets NRA contributions. (Assuming you have a choice in your district.) See how the NRA's influence weakens.

    December 22, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    So let's get this straight...

    The NRA wants basically anybody to be able to get a gun. Then a bunch of these random "anybodies" get minimum wage jobs guarding schools with army rifles.

    Um, OK, sounds like a great plan.

    December 22, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • RW&B

      @BIMBO.....I must have missed something....please clarify! Where in the NRA's speech yesterday did they mention that minimum wage employees would be given a firearm to protect school?? Also sounds like your downgrading minimum wage employees...?!?

      December 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      I guess you don't fly too often ... cuz the TSA Homeland Security agents who are charged with keeping airline travel safe don't make too much more.

      December 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW&B

      @Rocco....Actually I fly frequently! Nonetheless were not speaking of patdown agents at the boarding terminals etc..These agents would be similar to the ones on the planes, and I can assure you they aren't just random "any bodies"..making minimum wage.

      December 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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