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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."

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."

Cartersville Patch Local Voices contributor and former law enforcement officer Bill Thrasher says whatever it takes to protect our children.

"There is some evil confluence of time and space that must come together in the sickened and warped minds of those who would perpetrate such an act, and we as a society must do what it takes to see that it doesn't happen in our community," he wrote. "Possibly the simplest solution is to place trained and armed police officers in every school in our community, along with the necessary resources to carry out their duties. 

"Safety and security must be the first consideration with zero thought to how much it may cost. We can't allow it to happen as it has happened, with frightening regularity in other areas."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, CT,  who supports an increase in gun control and personally doesn't believe in guns at all, said 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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USoA December 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Hello everybody! Guess who is actually running the country? Obama? Clinton? Democrats? Republicans? No, no, no, no! The NRA, of course! USA = Utterly Stupid Americans!
steve December 23, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Why hell yeah we need to put arm guard in out schools. Gun free zones at schools should only apply to students. Either strap some heat on the principles are armed guards second put prayer and Jesus back in schools.
steve December 23, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Also the nra aint running this country. We have gun control in place and guess what the criminals are stealing are illegally obtaining guns in the majority of gun related crimes. If you round up the majority of our guns then only criminals will get them and likely on the black market and guess what the innocent want have guns to protect themselves. Make it tough for felons and unstable people to get guns and tougher to by military style weapons but its stupid to take away sound minded ppls guns.
Bill Thrasher December 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM
The NRA is composed of law-abiding, tax paying members of society. I would suspect that the mean educational level is somewhat high as is their income level. Plus, there are 3.7 million of them who will make their voices heard, effectively and without name- calling or yelling.
Always an Emerson girl! December 27, 2012 at 06:16 AM
@ steve...depends on your definition of "unstable" people and "sound minded" people...people are only as sound-minded as their instability allows them to be. Does that make sense? I'm sure SOMEBODY will get it.

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