NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

By Philip Elliott | Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

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  • LaPierre's stance that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," handily dismisses a large part of the problem, that being the "Bad Guy" getting hold of a gun in the first place. Now the NRA wants us to ignore the "bad guy" getting hold of weapons designed to kill people. Sure, all guns *can* kill people, but not all guns are designed to be used against people. Sure, those guns designed to kill people can be used other ways, but that ignores that some guns are designed to kill people and their "other uses" are just an excuse. Takes 30 rounds to take the quarry outside the guns zero? Maybe if the sight line wasn't 2~4 inches off the bore line, and whatever happened to the pride of "One shot one kill?". I feel the NRA handily gives those suffering Gun Psychos their talking points, and those sufferers don't want to get better.

  • Drugs don't apply to this shooting, last I looked (Wednesday) LANZA WAS NOT ON PSYCH MEDS.

  • The majority of school shootings, 90% in fact, the shooters are on anti-depressants/SSRI'S. We will NEVER give up our weapons, EVER !! Our right to defend ourselves does not come from the government, this is our GOD given right. The only reason they want us unarmed is to make us compliant, malleable and ultimately under their boot. Why is it we can use weapons to spread our democracy, protect our failed presidency, police our communities, but we should never use weapons to protect our children. We put more value in guarding the fiat dollars than we do our children. EVERY school should have 7-10 armed and trained (offensive and defensive) teachers to meet force with force should the need ever arise. But all we hear is no guns to protect our children, we'll just have woman throwing themselves at a gunman in hopes that this stops him. Each and every one of these "ban gun minions" does not deserve freedom or liberty !

  • Time to renew my membership.

  • Most of the violence in this country results from a failed "war on drugs" that, since it is used by the government to reduce the rights of the citizen, is designed to fail. When prohibition failed it was repealed. Not so with the war on drugs which must escalate until all is consumed by it. It is far too late for reason, there are too many who make their living on both sides for any to what to end it. With that in mind, anything claimed to be done for the safety of children is a ruse, since millions are killed legally each year for the crime of being unwanted. But, the American people are ambivalent about children, when a pit bull mauls a child they will rush to the defense of the pit bull, insisting that they not be classified as a dangerous breed. When thousands of Iraqi children were killed in an unprovoked and unnecessary war, they were content, even pleased when they could give assistance to some who survived the war we created. So, knowing the emotional disposition of the American people, those desirous of imposing tyranny on America pounce on yet another opportunity to goad the American dinosaur deeper into the tar pit of fallacy where they only need to wait for the mire to sap the remainder of its strength. No more need for reason now, just wait for the tar pit to bring the struggle to an end.

  • The NRA should burn in ****!!