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. mike

    LaPiere and the NRA trivialize these senseless tragedies under the guise of Second Ammendment privileges. Is their solution to arm everyone–theater ushers, bus drivers, stadium vendors? Imagine for a moment what the founding fathers had in mind when our young country was forming. Now, do we really think a mom and her kid need to be going to the gun range to protect our nation?

    It's easy for LaPiere to stand in front of the media at a podium and spout off. . . .why doesn't he take a trip to Newtown or Aurora and talk to the parents and children of those who were taken out by an assault rifle.

    December 22, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee556

      do you honestly think every gun owner is a bad person? hve you ever met a cop you didn't like? sure you have. quit blaming gun owners and the guns, and start pointing your fingers at the federal govt about issues pertaining to mentally unstable or crazy people. there are already laws to prevent these people from owning firearms, and have have been on the books for many years., but your solution is to just get rid of all of them so nobody can have access to of them except govt officials. that right there just dropped your security and protection of the first ammendment. russia did it, nazi germany did it. it doesnt work unless you are a communist or a socilaist and that is what america was not founded upon.

      December 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      There. Is. No. Reason. For. Any. Civilian. To. Have. Assault. Weapons. Period.

      December 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      Yeah, and we don't need Ferrari, Lotus, or Lamburgini either.

      And we probably should stop making " Air Jordan" sneakers too. So certain people stop killing each other over them too.

      December 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Rocco:
      Specious argument.
      You don't need an assault weapon to kill someone to grab their sneakers or car.
      A good old fashioned pistol will do.
      An assault weapon, however, makes for mowing down little children much more efficiently.

      December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      @banasy; exactly the point. A good old fashion 9mm pistol w/ 15 round magazine, in the hands of a crazed person, could be used to do the same thing to defenseless children, especially in a small unsuspecting town. Which is why some schools in remote parts of Texas already do have employees carrying firearms.

      December 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    There are no reasons why anyone living within US should "own" any property or be able to do anything other than what a law says.
    What the majority says is the law then so be it.
    That the Government must be maintained is the purpose of the majority and of course they in their collective wisdom know what is best for themselves and the minority.

    December 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      Trained school employees in several states already carry firearms in school. And several others have already considered it before this tragedy occurred .
      How about police officers , who are on patrol stop by the schools several times a day. After all. Aren't they already getting paid to protect the people who pay their salaries, and their children too???

      December 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, we have an officer stationed at our high school.
      None at the elementary schools, however.
      I wonder how much good that lone officer would do faced with a crazy person with an assault weapon.
      I am not against the second amendment; not at all.
      I am against assault weapons.

      December 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      When NOT being used by a crazed person... they are anti- assault weapons for 99.9% of the people who own them.

      December 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      What's specious ... is the govt thinking that : the knee jerk reaction of simply banning one type of weapon, is the answer to this problem. Its not a gun problem, its a people problem. Guns have been around over 150yrs.

      This heinous crime, was a crime of passion. Very easy to identify, when you shoot your mother 4 times in the head and then 26 others. The problem is a lot deeper then ANY GUN...

      December 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Police Dogs

    No. More children die from abuse and neglect than die from mass school shootings.
    Place dogs that can smell children's distinct body fluid aroma on a man's hand wherever children gather.
    Place one sniffer dog in front of your church and see who doesn't show up for Sunday school, for example.

    December 23, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dr. Doggy

    "A sniifer dog per day keeps the priest away" (like an aspirin per day keeps the doctor away)

    December 23, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sniffer Dogs

    No matter how hard a man scrubs himself after molesting a child, microsopic particles of that child's skin and body fluids remain on that man. Sniffer dogs could easily be trained to detect the scent of man with child poop under his fingernails.. (duh)

    December 23, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. FBI Forensics

    Go play frizbee with your doggy and let US grownups do a one-time forensic examination of adults that gather children together. (BSA, churches, schools, etc) One-time only should we allow ourselves to be freely examined by federal agents on the prowl for child molesters. ALL of US should VOLUNTEER to have ourselves and our home forensicly examined for evidence of nefarious childplay. (abuse, neglect, raype, etc)

    December 23, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Patriot Act 4 Kids

    You go-along with the Patriot Act to protect yourself from foreign terrorists, now, go-along with one for our children.
    Allow federal agenst free-reign in their ongoing search for child abusers. Allow the CIA to enter our War on Child Abusers.

    December 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    Guns are bad you know it. Whoever owns a gun will kill eventually.

    December 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    Thanks to NRA for difending the right and privilege of owning arms by the majority of American people. It's an important right when the day comes for people to fight the militia, or rather the Goverment gone bad!!

    December 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Well, of course the kid was b s crazy, and Mom had to recognize that...but the fact remains that assault weapons are designed to kill the maximum amount of people in the minimum amount of time, and they do NOT belong in the hands of civilians.
    Why do people support keeping them?

    December 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the prophet

    This is not about guns rather how much and how far the Government is willing to go and subordinate on the people civil rights,

    December 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leonard

    I know there are alot of stores in the 50 states that sell firearms why can't we use 1% or more of the money they make a month ,
    to use for school !!! the NRA was talking about a meaningful contribution

    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the prophet

    Arms control is a Government conspiracy plot

    December 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Teej

    It's grandiose thinking to believe you need to shoot 30 rounds in a minute to protect yourself from an intruder. Get that checked!

    December 24, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Fact remains, it takes a *human hand* to pull the trigger. Find out why that hand kills and you get to the root cause to solve the problem. Therefore all this talk about the right to bare arms is futile.

    December 24, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
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