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. USA Bob

    So to recap: the NRA solution is to arm all 6 and 7 yr old children. And send Piers Morgan back to the UK. Right?

    December 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Of course, it is a JOKE to consider armed guards in every school. We just need them in schools like the one President Obama and David Gregory send their children to. We normal peons don't deserve such elite treatment. And maybe Piers Morgan should be sent to Pakistan instead, where many do speak British English.

    December 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flamespeak

    An armed guard or two at every main entrance during normal school hours and events would not stop such events from occurring, however, it will keep the body count from such events from breaking single digits.

    All I really know is this, if the government removes any and all ability for anybody to defend themselves in government buildings and the offers ZERO added protection from violence that might come to those in that building, then the government should held responible.

    December 26, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    LOST & CAN'T FIND OUR WAY! What to do, what to do? Our "rights" Our addiction to having weapons. Wacko's everywhere, commiting unspeakable tragidies. Let EVERONE carry. ARM our schools, and on and on. YET, with all the screaming, on both sides, and sadly, we will not solve this problem! Another nut job killing 2 firefighters and wounding 2. NBC being investigated because their reporter held up a 30 rd. magazine, empty, but it is against the law to have one!? Now being "posted" for everyone to see, who owns weapons in your neighborhood?

    December 26, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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