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Should Sierra Madre Schools Follow NRA's Suggestion for Armed Campus Security?

"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.

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.

don mcmullen December 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
It is a shame ,but it really is the only answer. Disarming everybody like the anti gun people want and lets be clear is what they want only makes us all vulnerable to the "people" who have no respect for these or any other laws. If you are a parent keep your guns locked up,dont give combo to your kids especialy if they are nuts!
Mom of 2 December 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
No. Shame on the NRA.
R G December 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
While these shootings are tragic, they are statistically insignificant. Putting armed security in every school would be a gross waste of resources.
PAMayfield December 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The answer is not putting more guns out there for more tragic accidents to happen. If shootings and violence were not touted as the "norm" so much by TV shows, movies, and the news, it wouldn't be in the public's consciousness to act in such ways. More good example TV shows, films, and games where people are shown to be loving and being of service to others would be helpful. We are on this planet to be loving and caring towards one another and our environment, not annihilating each other and destroying our beautiful mother earth. This latest school shooting is another wake up call for humanity to make changes. I'm hoping and praying the right thing will be done. Ultimately, love, peace, communication, respect for one another, and good examples begin in the home. Let's be the change we want to see by starting right where we are, right now.
Nada Ronning December 22, 2012 at 07:10 PM
NO more guns. I agree with above: "Shame on the NRA."
Carroll Brown December 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I don't know where the NRA is coming from. Why in the world would anyone (unless you're in the military or on the swat team) need an assult rifle. They have no place in our society for the general population. Unfortunately, the NRA has a HUGE lobby in Washington, so good luck folks. PS - I wonder how Wayne LaPierre would feel if one of the victims in Newtown was a member of his family. Hmmmmm.
Joanne Louisa December 28, 2012 at 04:10 AM
This is a dangerous and crazy idea. There's no reason any of us should listen to a gun lobbyist tell us we need more guns, just like we don't need to listen to Pepsi tell us our kids need more soda. Children deserve to grow up in a safe and peaceful atmosphere where civilized conflict resolution is taught and modeled. Resorting to guns to keep the peace is premature, unnecessary, and results in hidden costs to children's psyches. No thank you.

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