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NRA: Put Armed Security in Every School Now

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, interrupted by protesters during a national press conference, says, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The National Rifle Association (NRA) called on Congress to act immediately to put armed security officers in every school and make sure "blanket safety" is in place before school resumes after holiday break.

"We need to make every school in America immediately deploy a protection program," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

Should every school have armed security? Tell us in the comments section below.

The NRA went on the offensive Friday saying violent video games such as Kindergarten Killer and "blood-soaked" films are to blame for gun violence such as last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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A protester interrupted the press conference by holding up a banner with red letters proclaiming "NRA Killing Our Kids." LaPierre stopped speaking until the protester was led out of the room. The man shouted, "The violence begins with the NRA."

LaPierre resumed his remarks but a woman protester interrupted the press conference again shouting "The NRA has blood on its hands." 

The group MomsRising offered sharp criticism of the NRA in this statement Friday.

LaPierre said the outcome of last week's massacre would have been different if shooter Adam Lanza had been confronted by an armed security guard. Instead, Lanza was faced with an unarmed school principal "forced to surrender her life."

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

He asked, "Can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?"

LaPierre pledged the NRA will bring all of its resources to develop a "national school shield" safety program for every school that wants it. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the project with a budget from the NRA.

Here are LaPierre's remarks in their entirety:

The National Rifle Association's 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut ... who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.

Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.

Now, we must speak ... for the safety of our nation's children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?

The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth. Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them.

And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

How have our nation's priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.

Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!

The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment?

How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine thatrewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark?

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?

And the fact is, that wouldn't even begin to address the much larger and more lethal criminal class: Killers, robbers, rapists and drug gang members who have spread like cancer in every community in this country. Meanwhile, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% — to the lowest levels in a decade.

So now, due to a declining willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years! Add another hurricane, terrorist attack or some other natural or man-made disaster, and you've got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.

And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.

Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here's one: it's called Kindergarten Killers. It's been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there's the blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it "entertainment."

But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.

And throughout it all, too many in our national media ... their corporate owners ... and their stockholders ... act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

The media call semi-automatic firearms "machine guns" — they claim these civilian semi-automatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers ... when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don't know what they're talking about!

Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed!

As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it.

As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away ... or a minute away?

Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow morning: "More guns," you'll claim, "are the NRA's answer to everything!" Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word "gun" automatically become a bad word?

A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn't a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn't a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

So why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools?

They're our kids. They're our responsibility. And it's not just our duty to protect them — it's our right to protect them.

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?

Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America's gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. But do know this President zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year's budget, and scrapped "Secure Our Schools"policing grants in next year's budget.

With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can't afford to put a police officer in every school?Even if they did that, politicians have no business — and no authority — denying us the right, the ability, or the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.

Now, the National Rifle Association knows that there are millions of qualified active and retired police; active, reserve and retired military; security professionals; certified firefighters and rescue personnel; and an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every school. We can deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America's schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America's police force.

The budget of our local police departments are strained and resources are limited, but their dedication and courage are second to none and they can be deployed right now.

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

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 — and by that I mean armed security.

Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local authorities — and draw upon every resource available — to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now. Every school will have a different solution based on its own unique situation.

Every school in America needs to immediately identifydedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America's preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.

Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now. We did it for the nation's defense industries and military installations during World War II, and we'll do it for our schools today.

The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead this effort as National Director of the National School Shield Program, with a budget provided by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as a U.S. Attorney, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and credentialed experts available anywhere, to get this program up and running from the first day forward.

If we truly cherish our kids more than our money or our celebrities, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible and the security that is only available with a properly trained — armed — good guy.

Under Asa's leadership, our team of security experts will make this the best program in the world for protecting our children at school, and we will make that program available to every school in America free of charge.

That's a plan of action that can, and will, make a real, positive and indisputable difference in the safety of our children — starting right now.

There'll be time for talk and debate later. This is the time, this is the day for decisive action.

We can't wait for the next unspeakable crime to happen before we act. We can't lose precious time debating legislation that won't work. We mustn't allow politics or personal prejudice to divide us. We must act now.

For the sake of the safety of every child in America, I call on every parent, every teacher, every school administrator and every law enforcement officer in this country to join us in the National School Shield Program and protect our children with the only line of positive defense that's tested and proven to work.

WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 24, 2012 at 04:15 PM
NRA Armed Security in School: Not a bad idea...This could be a good source of revenue, to wit: (According to Aaron Harber*) - About a total of 300,000 jobs will be created @$40K/person at a cost of $20 billion which includes additional maintenance costs...To fund these position: Community Safety Fee - $350.00 to register...$50 for annual renewal. 0.25 cents/shell With 10 million guns sold/year=$31/2 billion With renewal fee of $50 of 300 million guns owned=$15 billion/year. With additional 35 billion shells @0.25 cents/shell=$9B more. Fines of $10,000 if caught unregistered + $5/shell Funds from penalties are to be used in Safety Programs protecting schools. *Aaron@HarberTV.com
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Israel is in constant alert on Palestinian terrorists...What are we arming ourselves for?..Home grown terrorists, other gun owners?
Bill December 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
An armed, financed, and God fearing America is a problem for such plans. Could you elaborate with links, in particular #2 (which is UN Agenda 21 stuff practiced by the leaders of UD Twp (sustainable development to name one)), and the research for Nevada.
Bill December 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
@Al Tax a Constitutional Right to bear arms? Media and Hollywood is the problem. How much damage is being caused by feeding our kids heads with non stop violent video games, music, movies, or TV. Or in our public schools teaching life is just a blob of cells to be aborted and terminated? Or the schools encouraging same sex attraction. No wonder the kids are so screwed up. When the true becomes a lie, and the lie becomes the true. Tax Movies, Video games, have the teachers teach the value of human life and to respect their bodies. To treat others with honor, respect, and dignity.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
My sentiments exactly.
Bill December 25, 2012 at 03:26 AM
@monkey Hitting the Egg Nog??? ... What are you talking about.
John Q. Public December 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Since mental-illness was the common thread to most of this incidents, not rifles, tax the mentally ill to pay for our children's' protection. I'd start with Aaron Harber and his viewers, and a few others here.
John Q. Public December 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Yes, mocking injured, military-veterans, who protected your sorry behind, will win arguments with many in the administration. Most NRA were former military, so you have a point. Congratulations to you, who are so careful never to put yourself in harm's way for another.
John Q. Public December 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Earnest, or he could have used the stolen, semi-auto shotgun he left in his Mom's car.
John Q. Public December 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The 'greeters' at the courthouse are armed. Judges wouldn't have it any other way.
Kaos8 December 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
How can everyone blame video games, Movies and Music! What happened to GOOD PARENTING! The same stuff has been around since TV Began being in every household in America... PARENTS HAVE TO PARENT! Stop blaming everyone but yourselves. If you spent time with your kids and put restrictions on what they are doing, we would not have these problems. BE A RESPONSIBLE PARENT! As kids I was only allowed to watch certain things and play certain video games, and we had responsibilities...Too many parents are letting their kids run the household and have no responsibilities. We had money, but we still got part time jobs and had chores- it is what our parents taught us. I came from a broken family, and my Mom worked her butt off to make sure we could do things together as a family when she had off. But, also had us kids do chores, so when she was home we could do things together, as a family. We were not religious, so this is not a GOD thing, this is about Family Values, and the United States has completely lost it's way. Look at most of the Norwegian Countries, they are very family oriented, not money oriented.. Families spend time together over there, where families in the US put their priorities on how much money they can make to have things they don't need.
Kaos8 December 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
If you are not willing to teach your kids the difference between right and wrong and be involved in their lives, no one has anyone to blame but themselves. Guns have been around for over a century, Western Movies are just as violent as movies today, Gays have been around forever, Music has been around forever- this is not new stuff, lax parenting is to blame..If you don't want your kids watching or doing something- DO something about it. Don't blame everthing else.
patrick December 25, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Bill, it's people like you that are the problem. Too stupid to have a decent opinion, but you give it anyway. Republican=stupid
Bill December 27, 2012 at 01:25 AM
11 armed guards at Obama's daughters' school http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/11-armed-guards-at-obamas-daughters-school/
KJB December 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Guns in the home are dangerous because parents (or acting adult) don't take the proper precautions to make sure the weapon is not accessible to children. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. It's the operator, not the equipment. If Adam Lanza's mother had done the right thing, her son would not have been able to unlock the gun safe (that is, if she used one). The real question is why a mother of a emotionally disturb child was housing guns at all. There is no 100% sure way of keeping our children safe in schools or out of schools. But I can't help but think if there was an armed guard at that school, those children and adults would have had a fighting chance. A locked steel enforced door on every classroom would have helped too.
tamarya December 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Good point laura, not only them that get paid, you have your volunteer firefighters that risk their lives to save your belongings, plus also get called to some of the most traumatizing accident scenes, but teachers should see a pay increase.
Stephanie Nolt January 01, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I agree with the NRA 100%. These killings only occur in gun-free zones and that is a fact that cannot be denied. Giving teachers the opportunity to protect themselves and the children they are responsible for should be their choice. But, in addition, the retired or out-of-work trained service men and women should be utilized and put into our schools. More gun control laws will only stop law-abiding citizens from getting guns, not the criminals.
John Q. Public January 02, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Philly schools already have armed guards or police, so the NRA suggestion isn't new. In fact, some SD's throughout the country have had armed guards for years. For some politicians, like Nutter who knows Philly already uses guards, to act 'surprised' and mock the idea, was disappointing.
MarpleResident January 03, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Excellent idea JDBroomall! As a well trained, responsible civilian that holds an ACT235, I would be more than happy to volunteer my time in local schools. There are many qualified individuals that feel the same way and would volunteer too. My opinion, this country has a serious “savage” problem not a gun violence problem. Until we are able to properly enforce the current laws on the books and remove the savages from our community for good, it will happen again and again. Savages are breeding at an alarming rate (on the taxpayer dime) and now people want to spend more tax dollars on everything but the real problem. The CT shooter broke over 40 different laws. The shooters’ mother behaved irresponsibly and contributed to the massacre by knowing her son was violent and provided him access to firearms. A few days before the CT shooting, a crazy savage in China entered a school and killed 20 children and he DID NOT use a firearm. UK, where guns are banned, has the highest gun related violence in the world - more than Africa. Anyway, “Gun Free Zones” and “Firearms Prohibited” signs are invitations for crime.
MarpleResident January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Stephanie, "Giving teachers the opportunity to protect themselves and the children they are responsible for should be their choice." 8-O Epic fail as a parent here. Who are teachers to decide if my child and other children in the community should be protected or not? Teachers and the school district work for the taxpayer. The taxpayer does not work for teachers or the school district. People have been brainwashed by unions and government. I think this maybe a good way to "cull the herd" and get fresh, new, young, fit, over qualified teachers in our schools at half the cost? There are TONS of over qualified, ambitious teachers that will step into positions (fully trained in firearms) at half the cost and put YOUR child’s safety first. After all, isn’t this all about our children? Save the children ….
Joe Sommers January 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Go away Tony. Your the typical A--hole teacher who only cares about pension benefits and whats in it for me., Its guys like you that have given teachers a bad name.
Joe Sommers January 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Mark....I don't own a gun first and foremost. Your commentary is interesting .The NRA is all about protecting the 2nd amendment. Nothing more. I support the 2nd amenment.Thats where we disagree . Your comment that our society has become mad and absurd is VERY true. I'll dig a little deeper to explain. One generation ago assault weapons were available however these mass killings by young men did not exist .What has changed in that very short span of time? Our Society and Culture has changed and not for the better. Example..Denegration of family values, Divorce leading to poor parenting, Public acceptance of viewing violence, media onslaught of violent films and video games, Lack of respect for Authority and most importantly MENTAL HEATHCARE.Society places a STIGMA on those that need and require mental health care therefore avoidance is the order of the day. Insurance companies place little value on fixing the largest organ in our body,..The brain. Banning guns /dismanthing the NRA is not the answer. Its time for America to look in the mirror . They wont like what they see.
Concerned Citizen January 09, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I would not want "MarpleResident" anywhere near children, especially with a gun.
Moe January 14, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Clinton put cops in schools but wasn't called all of the names Wayne LaPierre has been called. We have armed guards or cops in banks, at sporting events, concerts, around "celebrities", monuments and museums. I could go on. Are the above more valuable than children?
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 16, 2013 at 08:10 PM
The coarsening of America...We just have to live with it.
Erik Musick January 24, 2013 at 03:41 PM
CA school arms their police with Colt LE6940 rifles. Delicious. http://news.yahoo.com/fontana-calif-schools-high-powered-rifles-184934771.html I particularly like how they call them 'high-powered'. They are .223, folks. That's barely bigger than a .22. But they look so menacing and military...oooh, shivers. Good for this school! Armed personnel are a perfect deterrent to armed psychos.
Jim Beam January 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM
MarpleResident what are you smoking? "Tons of overqualified, ambitious teachers that will step into positions (fully trained in firearms) at half the cost" Dream on and put down the pipe. After all, isn't all about our children.
MarpleResident January 26, 2013 at 09:52 AM
But you continue to Keep incompetent teachers that couldnt Properly handle a crisis and allow the local police that have minimum training possible carrying firearms in a "gun free zones" with our school children. "It's for the children" Brilliant!
MarpleResident January 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Erik, It's a .223 with a California compliant magazine. I hope the guard has about 10 magazines on him / her in his vest and can do an under 2 second magazine change.
Erik Musick January 26, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Marple, They can always resort to finger-wagging and harsh language, I suppose. At least this isn't NY state, where Gov Cuomo has made it law that all magazines be limited to 7 rounds, even for the police. D'oh!

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