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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, 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.

Many school districts across the nation, including Racine Unified, reaffirmed their commitment to safety and crisis plans after the shooting. 

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.

Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Racine Unified parents - what do you think of this idea?
Brian Dey December 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Unless somethings changed, there has been armed police liasons in Horlick, Park and Case for quite some time.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
And I also wonder where the money would come from to implement this idea - recruiting, hiring, background checks, pysch evaluations (I mean, if we're going to use the Secret Service as an armed example for good, let's screen the way they do, right?), equipment, salary, benefit ... those costs are not insignificant.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@Brian - my take-away (and I could be off-base) is that Mr. LaPierre isn't asking for police officers. "Armed security" to me has a different ring than asking the local PD's to station an officer at each school. And, again, where would the money come from? If you take more officers off the street to go into schools, the PD has to then put a replacement on the street. I have a message into RUSD about whether or not those officers are armed while they're on school grounds.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
@Brian - you are correct. The officers at our 3 primary HS are armed.
C. Sanders December 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Any person [liberal or otherwise] who is "now" worried about where the money comes from to protect our children is a disgusting hypocrite. In the run up to the Presidential election, this same ilk had no problem with taxpayer-funded abortions, contraceptives, bailouts, food stamps for everyone and legalized pot. So, how can they possibly "now" be worried about funding the armed security of our children? Well, I for one want armed police in the schools of America, prohibition of gun ownership to anyone [including any entire household hold having any member] with any form of mental illness, including ANY treatment for ANY mental condition at ANY time in their life, and a ban on any form of assault weapon. I want all mental illness records, from every State and town in America put into a National database and if you are in the database, you cannot ever own a gun. If you are on a "no fly" list, you cannot own a gun. If these personal rights restrictions give the ACLU a problem, that's just too bad.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
@C.Sanders - I'm not sure what the list of topics in your first paragraph has to do with this topic. I do agree that gun ownership should be banned in homes where a person or persons with mental illness reside. It's too dangerous a mix, as we've seen time and time again.
skinnyDUDE December 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I think GUN FREE zone are A HUGE mistake. It i a invitation that there will be no response to these violent acts. There is virtually no stories in existance of someone who takes the time to get a conceal carry permit doing the damage. But there is plenty of stories of them making a difference when they are there. Studies reveal with Facts ....Murder rates go down with Conceal carry. People who want to do this damage WILL PLAN IT and DO IT .....The one monkey wrench they do not want is a armed response. Its common sense. Unfortunately, the over reach by the lefties doesnt solve the Real issue of Protection . You dont protect anyone with a law on a book . Gun free zones are likely the least place safe to be because they have no mechanism to answer the danger when it actually occurs like it did to those poor kids in Connecticut. We all want people to be safe. Certainly, I feel the facts support me in my view that laws dont stop bad people from doing bad things. But guns do !
GearHead December 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
The money? Heather, RUSD is swimming in admin fat. Perhaps we can ditch a useless counselor in each school and replace with private security. Easy peasy and no incremental cost. It's for the children!
GearHead December 22, 2012 at 02:41 AM
They ARE insignificant if you have one guard, along with a backup group of trained volunteer teachers. Brings a higher calling to the concept of a teachers conference, no? At least some useful work would be accomplished, beyond the normal union hackery. Strike that. Non-union teachers would be the only ones with enough stones to step up.
GearHead December 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
@Dude, facts are an inconvenience to foaming mouthed anti-gunners. We now have 300,000 CC carriers in WI, and NO crimes caused by them. Facts don't lie, but the attackers of the 2nd amendment always do.
jeff jandl December 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
all of u don't think , just react . mommy a div with tons of cash has a misfit kid. lives large. relizes her kid no matter what she does, is a mis fit. starts the paper trail to get him committed, but he's smart and see's this. it's got nothing to do with gui ns or the laws. he broke many of them!!!! it's all mental health!!!! ns or the laws
Stormy Weather December 22, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Brian is right, Case, Park and Horlick High Schools have had armed Police or Deputies for years if not a couple decades. RUSD needs to tighten their belt on the wasteful spending and put it where our schools need it. One thing that RUSD could do to save money is to go back to neighborhood schools. That would probably save a lot of money. RUSD could also do away with the 6 early release days and make them 2 or 3 full days off instead. This would save on busing and also save on free breakfast and or lunch that has to be served on those early release days. fyi... Elementary Schools have 8 early release days. Most importantly, RUSD needs to cute the salaries at the top. The Superintendent pay should not be based on other schools from other counties and other states. It should be somewhat comparable to what the local Sheriff, the Chief of Police, the County Executive, the Fire Chief, etc. are making. A few years ago, RUSD had 17 people making over $100,000.00 a year. They need to cut the fat at the top and put that money back into our schools!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
@Stormy - unless these armed folks are trained and fully vetted police officers, I say no. As for cutting expenses, I agree - I liked @BrianDey's idea for redistricting and feel like that should be more fully explored instead of cut-and-paste shuffling. But, again, unless we start looking at common sense reform for both mental illness and guns (not bans, just reform) then we're just ... talking without actually solving any issues.

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