NRA Calls for 'Armed Security' Around 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 an amazing Friday morning press conference in Washington DC, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT 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."

Upper St. Clair Patch contacted Upper St. Clair Superintendent Patrick O'Toole for his reaction to the NRA's position.

"I would have to review what evidence he cites to support his position. I have not studied his proposal at this point," O'Toole stated.

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.

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BobE December 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It makes me think of the Old West!
Clear Thinker December 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM
We hear from gun rights people that the second amendment is necessary to protect ourselves from jackbooted government thugs. Now they are saying would you please hire hundreds of thousands of new government employees, give them guns and station them in our schools?
Maria Miller December 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
With over 40% of gun sales being made without background checks, how exactly do we know who are the "bad guys" with guns and who are the"good guys" with guns? The NRA and its leadership are out of touch with reality.
Bill Erdman December 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Did everyone forget our current President tool Millions in campaign contributions from the Chinese? And the the NRA looks after our Constitutional rights as Americans! Don't come looking for me to protect you when you are too righteous and liberal to realize your being stupid and when all your touchy feely ignorance needs protection! Good luck reasoning and negotiating with a crazy person for you or your kids lives! Also remember Mayview used to be full! Where did all those people go?


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