NRA Offers Solid Plan For Guarding Kids in School

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive officer.
Guns and police officers in all American schools are what’s needed to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings,” the National Rifle Association declared Friday, taking a no-retreat stance in the face of growing calls for gun control after the Connecticut shootings that claimed the lives of 26 children and school staff.

Some members of Congress who had long scoffed at gun-control proposals have begun to suggest some concessions could be made, and a fierce debate over legislation seems likely next month. President Barack Obama has demanded “real action, right now.”

“Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,” LaPierre said. “And by that I mean armed security.”

He said Congress should immediately appropriate funds to post an armed police officer in every school. Meanwhile, he said the NRA would develop a school emergency response program that would include volunteers from the group’s 4.3 million members to help guard children.

LaPierre argued that guards need to be in place quickly because “the next Adam Lanza,” the suspected shooter in Newtown, Conn., is already planning an attack on another school.

“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark?” LaPierre asked. “A dozen more killers, a hundred more? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

While there is a federally maintained database of the mentally ill — people so declared by their states — a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that states can’t be required to contribute information has left significant gaps. In any case, creation of a mandatory national database probably would have had little impact on the ability of suspected shooters in four mass shootings since 2011 to get and use powerful weapons. The other people accused either stole the weapons used in the attacks or had not been ruled by courts to be “mentally defective” before the shootings.

Gun rights advocates on Capitol Hill had no immediate comment.
Since the Connecticut slayings, President Obama has demanded action against U.S. gun violence and has 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 that he can take to Congress next month.

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

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  • notipping

    I’m not sure who I’m more disappointed in. The GOP or the NRA. Why will people not get to the heart of the problem? We can’t afford police officers in every school all the time. We can afford staff who served in the military or who are willing who go to the local police academy and during the summer break get on the job training with the local police for a couple summers. Instead of paying a couple cops $50k in salary and benefits, pay a couple teachers $2k in extra income. They will be at the school all the time where as a cop in a small town will have to answer other calls. A teacher that went through the academy is just as qualifed as a cop that when through the academy. And as has been said before, if you can’t trust a teacher with a gun how can you trust that teacher with your child?

  • Happycat

    Columbine High School had an armed security officer on campus at
    the time of the 1999 shooting that killed 13 people. He even exchanged
    gunfire with one of the killers. Neither one of them was hit.

  • chris

    The NRA is just a lobby for the gun manufacturers and retailers, they are not a gun rights group. The GOA’s Larry Pratt was out there making the rounds on the media while Lapierre was quiet.
    You don’t have to arm the teachers that don’t want it, but allow the ones with proper training to carry and then mandate that if they carry; Attend training that involves react to contact, active shooter and defensive handgun. They have to carry their weapon with them at all times (in a holster) and the holsters must have retention. The teachers that do carry are then also held liable for every round that comes out of their weapon, yes even a misfire.
    We don’t have the money to put paid guards at all the schools.

    This looks like a much more common sense and viable option:


  • MikeFromNC

    I have to agree with Ron Paul on this one. Do we really want another government controlled “security force”? (Think TSA) I am sorry to say that Wayne is out of touch and the NRA has gone the way of the AARP. I dropped my membership years ago. They supported the Disclose act and Harry Ried gets their endorsement. There is more than one Amendment in the Bill of Rights. I am am a member of both Gun owners of America – GOA and National Association for Gun RIghts- NAGR. These organizations are on the front lines of the battle to save our rights and don’t bend to media pressure. Armed guards in every school – come on Wayne. The answer is so simple – No ” Gun free killing zones” . Allow teachers and administrators to be armed , allow parents who legally have a concealed carry to go on school grounds to pick up their kids- armed. I think we can protect our kids better than a government run security force.