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NRA Calls for 'Armed Security' At Schools

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.

In a Friday morning press conference in Washington, D.C., the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

LaPierre's speech was a call to supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

At the grassroots level, groups like Newtown United, a group of Newtown neighbors, are working to address major issues related to the tragedy, including gun control, violent media, mental health and legislation.

Newtown locals responded to the NRA press conference. Suzy DeYoung, a Newtown resident for nine years who has three children, said LaPierre's speech was playing to people’s fears.

“People are much smarter than this,” DeYoung said. “He is saying we need to be protected from guns by more guns. This lack of logic speaks for itself, and I truly believe the response you are abut to see from parents all around the world will offer better commentary than I ever could."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, CT said that while she supports an increase in gun control and personally does not believe in guns at all, that the larger problem goes "way beyond that."

"The problem we have is our immunity to violence as a society as a whole," she said. "Violent video games, violent movies, addiction to horror films. We've developed immunity to violence and violent images."

LaPierre also lamented violence in video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. But his central solution seemed to be a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who might be more present and respond more quickly than police.

"If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," LaPierre said. "And that security is only available with properly trained, armed 'good guys'."

LaPierre, who was interrupted twice by protesters who held signs in front of TV cameras, made a direct call for local action.

"I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work," he said.

LaPierre did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is forming a committee to look into the possibility of having deputies assigned to elementary schools.

Do you think New Tampa schools need better security? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

brandon December 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Disarming people who follow laws is not going to disarm people who don't. Guns are not even the problem. We should be looking at why that guy had a psychological problem. This is just an excuse to take away our rights. What happened was sad, but taking away my gun will not stop some retard from killing children.
Paxus Calta December 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The NRA's argument is demonstrably false, but what is really important is that they be ignored for this conversation. http://funologist.org/2012/12/22/the-nras-ploy/
Martin Snider December 22, 2012 at 06:10 PM
What the NRA could do is distribute trigger locks to all gun owners. This would be more pro-active than suggesting all schools in this country have security guards. Is the NRA willing to fund this expense? This would at least either stop or slow someone down who intends to use a fire arm. I would think most unattended guns in this country do not have locks on the triggers and these weapons are available for anyone to grab and use.
mike ham December 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Bad guys with guns vs good guys with guns does not equal less shooting of innocent bystanders
Christopher Broberg December 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Mr LaPierre wants armed volunteers in the schools, maybe he should see if George Zimmerman is available.
Manuel Deleon December 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
really!!, tell that to the police or our military. In all honesty show me proof that passing more legislation will stop criminals or psychos and I will gladly champion your opinion, hell i will give you my guns. Please dear sir. prove you point!! I am willing to listen.
doodlebugger December 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Epic fail. People with guns kill people. People with knives have a harder tinme killing people. Your rotted talking point smells very very fishy. More guns equals more death, period. No, other western civilized nation has anything like our murder and accidental death rate or number of mass shootings. So, you are either a gun dealer, a low information voter or crazy. Either way, denying facts doesn't change things. The reason so many people are killed with guns in America is beacuse we have 22 million of them, many of them handguns and assault weapons. BS from the NRA vultures not withstanding, its time to evaluate how they have interpreted the second amendment. A well regulated militia of law abiders does not mean, a vast society of people, some insane, extremist or vengeful and deluded who can at any time, go out and gun down 20 or 30 people . That is not what the 2nd Amendment is about. The NRA is no different from big tobacco. Their product kills, and they blame it on the trigger puller when a lack of access to these weapons on this scale, would mean more safety for all of us. And the whole, only criminals will have guns is horsemanure. Other western countries simply don't have these high rates of gun deaths. End of story, Game set match, the NRA is now seen as a bunch of right wing lunatics.
doodlebugger December 22, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Manuel, We have more gun deaths and mass shootings than other western civilized nations. IT is therefore easy to see that more guns equal more death. Your argument is therefore, invalid. Epic failure in logic.
doodlebugger December 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM
More guns equals more death. Do the math. NRA is no different than big tobacco. Their product results in human deaths. An armed assault rifle carrying killer kills more people than one with a screwdriver. We have allowed the NRA to pervert the 2nd Amendment to support their backers, gun dealers. If they want to help, they should register all guns, collect the handguns and assualt rifles and run them over with a steam roller, outlaw more sales of these weapons to anyone but law enforcement. A well regualted miltia of law abiding citizens does not mean that every citizen with a few hundred dollars can possess the means to wipe out everyone in his neighborhood because they had a bad day. Epic fail NRA. You are now on the fringe of American politics and the GOP gerrymandering will not save you because now, your guns are attacking suburban america 2er kids. Fail
Joe Smith December 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Lets ban the game "Kindergarten shooter". Why don't I see any howling from the press about that! I'll tell you what. Before anyone stands up and demands gun controll I bettter see a huge mound of collected violent video games thrown in the trash by them all. What are their kids playing? Don't demand gun control and while your too busy shouting your kids are learning how to kill and desentatize with these things. It doesn't take an expert to figure that out - its common sense.
Dave C. December 23, 2012 at 03:10 AM
As a former member of Navy Special OPS, and Father to a Combat Marine, guns don't kill people, sick individuals who purvey, and plan these attacks kill people. Blame whoever you want. But with the integration of the Internet, Social Media, and the most fucked up versions of combat and gangster video games glorifying these mass shootings will continue. Internet and Social Media will only intensify the future massacres of children. The saddest part, these psychos aren't going to kill to be recognized for their place in criminal history. The body count of the dead is their ultimate prize. So the next tragedy will have more dead than the body count in Conn. I apologize, but it's the truth. P.S.: The news media doesn't help by giving 24 hr coverage to these psychos. Their 15 minutes of fame is costing this country countless childrens lives, as well as Soldiers in Afghanistan.
paul ribbons December 23, 2012 at 05:31 AM
It all comes down to being too cheap.I am....an armed guard at a school.And the school I work at has two armed guards.Very little issues when it comes to violence. We carry chemical agents and batons as well as stun devices.IT DOES come down to schools being too cheap.I saw a ninth grade student with the same history book I had.I am 42.But,at least were I work they're not too cheap on protection.
Robert Heiney December 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Anyone who uses the word "Retard" must be one himself. Enough said.

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