NRA: Put armed cops in every school

The much-anticipated National Rifle Association response to the Sandy Hook massacre has arrived. The Washington Post has the full remarks from the no-questions “press conference.” Here’s the rundown from Phil Elliott at the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON —

The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that “the next Adam Lanza,” the man responsible for last week’s mayhem, is planning an attack on another school.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.

He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

“In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society, by bringing an even more toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty right into our homes,” LaPierre said.

He refused to take any questions after speaking. Still, though security was tight, two protesters were able to interrupt LaPierre’s speech, holding up signs that blamed the NRA for killing children. Both were escorted out, shouting that guns in schools are not the answer.

More than a dozen security officers checked media credentials at various checkpoints and patrolled the hotel ballroom.

LaPierre announced that former Rep. Asa Hutchison, R-Ark., will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers.

The 4.3 million-member NRA largely disappeared from public debate after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., choosing atypical silence as a strategy as the nation sought answers after the rampage. The NRA temporarily took down its Facebook page and kept quiet on Twitter.

Since the slayings, President Barack Obama has demanded “real action, right now” against U.S. gun violence and called on the NRA to join the effort. Moving quickly after several congressional gun-rights supporters said they would consider new legislation to control firearms, the president said this week he wants proposals to reduce gun violence that he can take to Congress by January.

Obama has already asked Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and pass legislation that would stop people from purchasing firearms from private sellers without a background check. Obama also has indicated he wants Congress to pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity magazines.

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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53 comments Add your comment

the cat

December 21st, 2012
12:23 pm

Originally posted at Bookmans

the cat

December 21st, 2012
12:18 pm
My son’s high school is enormous, the graduating class has thousands. I don’t care if you had an armed Rambo at every door, if someone wanted to enter the multiple buildings and start shooting, it would take Rambo several dead students to get to the scene

J Throckmorton Malcontent

December 21st, 2012
12:26 pm

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the defense of the first grade…”
Here’s a thought. If you live with someone who’s not right in the head, don’t own firearms. Like Mama said, guns may not be against the law, but that doesn’t mean they’re acceptable in polite company.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
12:34 pm

Wayne LaPierre is the same idiot who told a crowd at CPAC that President Obama is lulling people into a false sense of security so that he can repeat the 2nd Amendment. I cannot take this man seriously.

Puerile Pedant

December 21st, 2012
12:46 pm

Great — now we will have the militia whackos in schools with guns.

Must be nice to live in a bubble. Why are the pols in DC afraid of these clowns?

I took NRA gun safety training when I was a kid and still remember what I was taught — but they lost me when they defended the manufacture of teflon bullets and guns that could not be detected by airport metal detectors. Now do you really need a gun that can shoot 30 times without reloading?

findog

December 21st, 2012
12:50 pm

I love these guys
They are also the ones who argue against the level of taxes staying where they are let alone going up
So, let’s take more out of the arts and music classes to pay for armed guards; the kiddies will be happier seeing the man with the big gun in uniform when they get off the bus every morning

B. Thenet

December 21st, 2012
12:50 pm

There was an armed deputy sheriff at Columbine HS the day of that tragedy. That should make everyone feel better.

This is not a solution worthy of discussion.

It is pretty shocking that after taking a long time to think about what they were going to offer, the NRA just blamed everything else(including sports stadiums) instead of the lax laws we have regarding gun sales and ammo sales in this country.

Don't Tread

December 21st, 2012
12:52 pm

The NRA offers a solution that doesn’t infringe on individual rights, and of course, liberals don’t like it. That would be too much like “letting a crisis go to waste”, now wouldn’t it? :roll:

Democrats’ solution to anything is to take some freedom away from people they don’t like. I guess that’s why the Communist Party USA supports you.

Heika

December 21st, 2012
1:01 pm

Let’s see their reaction when those large high school kids get together to wrestle the gun from the cop.

Lars

December 21st, 2012
1:05 pm

Posting an armed guard at the door of every elementary school (paid for by…???) doesn’t infringe on anyone’s individual rights?
The NRA -I can’t even think of a term to describe the dumb****s.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:27 pm

Don’t Tread, you are obviously cut from the same cloth as LaPierre. While I don’t agree with banning guns, the solution of putting armed cops in every school just will not work at all. Not putting armed cops in schools can hardly be considered infringing on anybody’s rights.

Cherokee

December 21st, 2012
1:38 pm

Don’t tread, by the time you posted there were several posts indicating why the NRA’s ’solution’ isn’t a solution at all.

td

December 21st, 2012
1:46 pm

Lets see if we have this correct. Instead of giving our children a chance the next time something like this happens (and it will happen again), you progressives would rather poo poo on the idea in an unrealistic hope that you are going to do away with the 2nd amendment and take all the guns away from every US citizen.

td

December 21st, 2012
1:47 pm

Heika

December 21st, 2012
1:01 pm

Let’s see their reaction when those large high school kids get together to wrestle the gun from the cop.

What a stupid statement considering that most, if not all, High Schools in Georgia already have armed security on campus.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:48 pm

Let’s also not forget about the school shooting in Jonesboro, AR in 1998. The perpetrators of that one pulled a fire alarm and got everybody outside, where they shot up the place from 100 yards away. Lot of good an armed cop would have done then.

td

December 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:27 pm

You do know that most High Schools in Georgia, if not all, already have armed officers in them?

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:52 pm

TD, you are officially a resident of the alternate universe that today’s neo-cons reside in. Nobody is talking about repealing the 2nd Amendment. That was nothing but a bunch of fear mongering by Wayne LaPierre. Second, Obama himself doesn’t have the authority to repeal any amendment.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

I have no idea what’s going on in GA high schools at the moment. Mine is only 3, so she’s got a while before she gets to that age.

RS

December 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

Require a license and liability insurance for owning a gun, just like driving a car. Insurance companies are experts at risk assessment. Low-risk gun owners would pay low premiums, while high-risk owners would be priced out of the market.

Guns, just like cars, are useful but dangerous. Owners have to show that they can be responsible.

td

December 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:48 pm

And if I remember right that shooter had a hunting rifle. Are you now saying that all guns should be taken away from the citizens and the 2nd Amendment should be done away with?

resno2

December 21st, 2012
1:57 pm

he also said that we protect the president and his family with guns, we protect our money with guns… why not consider that possibility for protecting our children?

resno2

December 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

B. Thenet
Just blame everything else… well at least they are thinking the same way as the president.

Aquagirl

December 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

Are you now saying that all guns should be taken away from the citizens and the 2nd Amendment should be done away with?

I’m not sure why you keep repeating that phrase when nobody is using it. Time for your meds and aluminum foil hat, td.

td

December 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
1:52 pm

Where did I mention Obama? I said progressives and Obama is one of many in this country. There are 300 million weapons being held by over 100 million citizens. There are 24 million AR-15’s held by citizens. Not even Feinstien is stupid enough to think she is going to get the guns. Her legislation is about any future sales and the current owners are grandfathered in to keep their weapons. Her bill is nothing more then a “feel good” measure and has no effect on the next attack on our schools. At least the NRA has a reasonable approach that gives our children a fighting chance.

RS

December 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

Increased school security isn’t a terrible idea (other than the question of who’s going to pay for it). But it’s not nearly enough. You’ve also got a find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys.

Someone unbalanced enough to go on a public shooting rampage usually dies in the end. They’re not thinking rationally, so armed security is not going to be much of a deterrent. At best it will only increase the response time — fewer deaths, which is good, but our goal should be zero deaths.

td

December 21st, 2012
2:05 pm

Aquagirl

December 21st, 2012
2:01 pm

Are you now saying that all guns should be taken away from the citizens and the 2nd Amendment should be done away with?

I’m not sure why you keep repeating that phrase when nobody is using it. Time for your meds and aluminum foil hat, td.

If that is the case then why are you even on hear discussing the issue? Nothing currently proposed is going to stop him these types of killings from happening. You are just another person that wants to “feel good”.

td

December 21st, 2012
2:11 pm

RS

December 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

Owning a car is not a Constitutionally protected right. Attempting to make a right unfordable is the same as stripping the right and I think the 2nd Amendment state clearly that such actions by the government “Shall not be infringed”

Big Hat

December 21st, 2012
2:16 pm

Bang bang you shot me down
Bang bang I hit the ground
Bang bang that awful sound
Bang bang my baby shot me down.
c) 1966, lyrics by Sonny Bono

B. Thenet

December 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

td: So you are advocating allowing felons and the mentally disturbed the right to purchase weapons? There are laws on the books preventing that now, I assume you are in favor of overturing them.

curious

December 21st, 2012
2:21 pm

Don’t think I’ve heard/read many, if any, calls here to take away all guns.

We need to develop a way to prevent irresponsible people from getting guns.

Just in case it hasn’t occurred to you, mass killings have taken place at many different venues. Per some arguments here, everybody should be packing iron, unless you’re willing to trust that the other guy will protect you.

If you have never been in a fire fight and don’t believe friendly fire ain’t friendly, you’re probably the last person who should be handling a firearm.

yuzeyurbrane

December 21st, 2012
2:24 pm

td, only some, not most, Georgia high schools have a full-time armed security guard. Also, just because it is probably impossible to take 300 million guns off the streets, that is not a good reason to not take the most dangerous guns off the street. Same goes for your arguments in general; just because you cannot do everything is no excuse for doing nothing. I am not opposed to police officers in schools being part of the solution; it is just not the whole solution. I know your conservative fiscal views; are you willing to have the government pay for this?

Kris

December 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

Lars …””Posting an armed guard at the door of every elementary school (paid for by…???) doesn’t infringe on anyone’s individual rights?
The NRA -I can’t even think of a term to describe the dumb****s.”” Well Said

The NRA’s cold hearted and brainless statements totally discuss me..
More school resource officers might be the answer, paid for by the NRA…Add an additional TAX on all guns and let that pay for the additional security.

td

December 21st, 2012
2:34 pm

B. Thenet

December 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

td: So you are advocating allowing felons and the mentally disturbed the right to purchase weapons? There are laws on the books preventing that now, I assume you are in favor of overturing them.

Thank you for proving that we already have plenty of laws on the books about gun control. Why should be add more to the list that will do nothing more then gutting the citizens 2nd Amendment rights?

WOW

December 21st, 2012
2:36 pm

Maybe there can be a comprimise, armed guards at school in exchange for renewal of assault weapons ban.

Neither really get at the real problem which is a culture (music, movies, video games) that glorifies violence and the lack of access to mental health services. We can ban assault weapons (which we should), but some criminals are still going to get them. We should also think about armed guards at schools. But this shooter still would have killed a bunch of people due to the sheer volume of his ammo.

td

December 21st, 2012
2:44 pm

yuzeyurbrane

December 21st, 2012
2:24 pm

I am not sure how many but my child participates in HS sports and I have been to his events in at least 20 different counties and have noticed that all of them have armed security. (Paulding, Bartow, Cobb, Forsyth, Cherokee, Fulton Gwin, Clayton, Carrol, Douglass, Floyd, Whitfield, Gordon, Haralson, Polk, Coweta, Walker, Catoosa).

Never been to Dekalb for a sporting event so I do not know but the other biggest systems in the state all have armed security.

As far as paying for the armed guards, I have proposed to go against my no new taxes and tax the violent games, movies ect to pay for the guards.

We already have plenty of laws on the books to control guns how about if we just spend a minute and enforce the current laws before we make new ones?

yuzeyurbrane

December 21st, 2012
2:50 pm

td, my child is past high school, but my recollection of about 5 years ago is that there was usually a police presence at athletic events but not at the school itself. It makes some sense in that testosterone can be higher at athletic events.

Seriously though...

December 21st, 2012
2:51 pm

There is not a good answer to this but to make our schools appear to be a military compound? It’s more about the state of mind of the perpetrator, and with some all you have to do is look funny at them to set them off.

JD

December 21st, 2012
2:58 pm

TD is going nuts today. Keep driving her crazy people.

I do not think the second amendment should be done away with, but if we are not going to repeal it then we need to do what the Founding Framers would have done. You can have your little guns if they are muzzle-loaded…just like all rifles and pistols of the 18th century.

Eli

December 21st, 2012
3:00 pm

I do not mind having police officers at schools. Most high schools already do.

The simple fix is to start doing away with stand alone police stations and start installing sub-stations at schools.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
3:10 pm

Taxing violent video games and movies? Christ on a stick, TD is really off his meds today.

td

December 21st, 2012
3:17 pm

JD

December 21st, 2012
2:58 pm

In the most recent opinion by the 7th circuit, the court ruled that the restrictive IL canceled carry rules were Unconstitutional. Now you want us to believe that restricting guns to muzzle loaders only will be ruled Constitutional?

Veteran Observer

December 21st, 2012
3:22 pm

The man has a point when he says the only defense we have against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun! He has another salient point in his criticism of Hollywood and its depiction of violence and depravity! Lets not forget where the President picked up most of his campaign funds. We used to have adult supervision and parental rights, which have slowly been eroded by Hillary Clinton and her attorney friends. We have to protect our young people in many different ways and Mr LaPierre was suggesting that the problem might be deeper than the possession of firearms guaranteed by our constitution as a deterrent to government tyranny! Our possession of firearms makes some of our elected officials nervous and keeps us from going down a more dictatorial path as we have seen many times around the world where citizens rights have been taken away by the government at the point of a gun. I believe we need a full discussion about protecting our young people from violence in all aspects of society from rap music, movies, television, and literature. I am not advocating censorship at all. I believe an adult can make up their own mind about what they should listen to, read, or watch. But we need to nurture and allow our young people to grow to the point where they can decide for themselves. This restraint requires everyone to take a step back and value our young people enough to act responsibly in our lives and that is tough as I know some 50 year olds who have never grown up! We must decide as a society and a community of equals what is acceptable and then stick to it! Gun legislation is useless and wrong and actually makes us less safe in the long run!

Winemaker with Private Licensed Police

December 21st, 2012
3:28 pm

The Founding Framers didn’t have a Patriot Act either. They were Patriots without Air Force 22 Raptors as well. They had farms and vineyards to maintain. They were not professional politicians, like those in the present house of lobbyists’ lackeys. Hope they stay at home. About to rejoin the NRA.

td

December 21st, 2012
3:36 pm

Winemaker with Private Licensed Police

December 21st, 2012
3:28 pm

I have not been a member of the NRA for more then 20 years but after reading these blogs the past few days this seems to be a good time to send them some of my money and support.

Starik

December 21st, 2012
4:10 pm

Perhaps we could have a separate discussion of LaPierre’s suggestion of a nationwide database of the dangerously mentally ill…

td

December 21st, 2012
4:13 pm

Maybe you progressives should go and read what the teachers are actually saying about having armed guards at their schools and then come back and tell us how the NRA is wrong.

DJ Sniper

December 21st, 2012
4:21 pm

And I’m sure there are just as many teachers who don’t agree with having armed cops in every school.

amx

December 21st, 2012
4:39 pm

Got a gun problem? Solve it with more guns. Thanks, NRA, for that helpful suggestion.

Voter

December 21st, 2012
9:31 pm

Good plan. I agree, put a armed police officer or recently retired officer in every school.

double

December 22nd, 2012
1:13 am

I’m surprised Mr. Barge endorses this.Guess he needs go with the flow since he was against charter.

Silent Jay

December 22nd, 2012
1:25 am

Put a teacher in every gun store.