Should Sumner 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 a 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.

Do you think there should be armed security around Sumner schools? Tell us in the comments.

Wayne Ogilvy December 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I believe our children deserve at least the level of protection that our politicians and celebrities do. So my answer is yes !
Mark Bennett December 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
No. The school district should encourage teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons, even providing weapons, ammunition and training for free and pay them several hundred dollars per month extra go to the range monthly to practice etc. Putting armed officers in schools is an idiotic idea.
Wayne Ogilvy December 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I guess you do not have children that are in school Mark ? There is a firearms training institute near Las Vegas Nevada that will train teachers free of charge to the level above and beyond most firearms training classes provided locally. Also why is it idiotic to protect our only hope of fixing what you and I have done to our country and the planet ? If you believe that these children are not worth saving just say so !
Mark Bennett December 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM
We could reduce crime by stationing a police officer in each home. I don't think converting the USA into a police state is the answer. Since the most recent school mass murder in Connecticut, how many children have our overseas drone attacks killed? Where is the sympathy for those humans? My children are no longer in school. Have you ever been in a crowed situation where an insane person came in and shot 24 people?
Eugene Gannon December 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I just started a gun violence petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/Q2v3
Wayne Ogilvy December 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Mark, I guess we can agree to disagree, All I am saying is that we need to protect our children. Guns are out there and so are nut jobs and criminals, Gun bans would only make it hard for law abiding people to defend themselves, Criminals do not follow our laws as it is and so would not turn in their weapons. And as far as turning the USA into a police state if they take our guns how would we stop this from happening ?
Mark Bennett December 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Euge: Is your petition asking for more gun violence? It seems Uncle Sam is up to its eyes committing gun violence all around the world now and we don't need any more. I'm hoping that your petition is asking for the destruction of all of the long guns and handguns presently in the possession of our various governments, the biggest purveyors of violence on earth.
Mark Bennett December 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Wayne: If they try to take away the guns, it will have already started. The solution is easy. There are a lot more gun owners than law enforcement officers so simply don't let them take the guns. Just say no.
Wayne Ogilvy December 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Mark, I read his petition, He would have total confiscation with the exception of hunters. He also seems to be playing to Obama as he want's gun control/confiscation to be the presidents legacy.
Mark Bennett December 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Wayne: Do you think that Euge believes that BO has the authority to invoke gun legislation by doing an end-run around the legislative branch? If so, he needs to have his citizenship revoked and he should be deported to Cuba, North Korea or some other totalitarian state where he could then "feel safe." In those countries their "leader" calls all the shots and that seems to be the kind of environment where Euge would feel more comfortable.
Wayne Ogilvy December 25, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I don't know if Euge believes that, But I think BO believes he can !


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