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, 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.

Baltimore County Public Schools already has school resource officers at most of its middle and high schools. Police patrols around schools without resource officers, mainly elementary schools, have increased following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

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.

In stark contrast, LaPierre called for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who could 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.

In his speech, LaPierre also accused the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Editor Nayana Davis contributed to this report.

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J December 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We have police officers already, NRA.
LarryLinn December 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Do George Zimmerman, and other unqualified, want to be policemen need a jobs?
Eastsider December 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
It's apparent not all schools do, if so maybe this idiot would have been stopped.
Daniel C-W December 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I see no problem with such a thing. Put a police officer in a school with an office. I was used to seeing one (two later on) Baltimore County Police Officers everyday when I went to Dundalk High. If someone were to come in with a gun, there was a well trained armed response and someone to call for immediate help. The outrage over the idea surprises me. The officers that I knew didn't only do security either. They were someone to talk to if you had a problem not unlike a guidance counselor. I think if I were an elementary aged student again, I'd think having a cop in the school would be awesome. Didn't a lot of us want to be a cop when we were kids?
Daniel C-W December 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Really? Really??? Do you really think just anyone would be able to apply for such a job, provided the job existed? Ideally, it should be an officer who has been employed for at least a few years. The other thing I hear negative responses about is the cost associated with replacing that officer on the street. I'm sorry, but does anyone want to cheap out on your child's safety?


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