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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 prescriptions for protecting schools are at a stark contrast to those proposed by Baltimore City's leaders. During a press conference in North Baltimore Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Del. Samuel "Sandy" Rosenberg and Sen. Lisa Gladden called for stricter gun laws in the state.

"Our first priority in Baltimore is to build support for laws that address access to illegal guns and assault weapons," Rawlings-Blake said. "In the past year good legislation has been stopped in Maryland’s General Assembly by special interests."

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.

Editor Adam Bednar contributed to this article.

Daniel Ewald December 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
NRA logic - We must release more greenhouse gas to burn away the heat!
Matt Wilson December 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
It might have been better for the NRA to have maintained its silence. This is laughably awful stuff.
dexter December 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Matt, I'm sure you are a genius, but why is having someone to protect our kids awful? where's your better idea? is it the number of guns? should we get rid of the guns?
Mark Patro December 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Dexter, I hear this organization saying that the repetitive exposure to guns and violence in video game, on television and in movies is what is having a imppact to make our culture more violent. Others say that if you put juveniles in adult prisons they will learn more efficience ways to be criminals. So my question to you and other that promote armed guards in schools is: How do you expect people to solve the problem of violence in our culture by turning our schools into prisons? The idea of adding armed guard is meantto instill more fear so that gun makers can sell more guns. Thats what this is about. This suggestion is not a solution. Reasonable people who are in oposition to armed teachers need to speak up against this idea.
Steve December 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I watched LaPierre today. He was literally foaming at the mouth. That was pretty gross.
Sanchez December 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Too bad those railing against such an idea are ignorant of the facts and seem unwilling to learn the facts since it would destroy their emotional reactions to these stories. New York Times N.R.A. Envisions ‘a Good Guy With a Gun’ in Every School December 21, 2012 "Nationwide, at least 23,000 schools — about one-third of all public schools — already had armed security on staff as of the most recent data, for the 2009-10 school year, and a number of states and districts that do not use them have begun discussing the idea in recent days. " Merry Christmas to all and to all stockings full of rational thought and peace to your fellow man.
Sanchez December 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
"Dexter, I hear this organization saying that the repetitive exposure to guns and violence in video game, on television and in movies is what is having a imppact to make our culture more violent. " Do you deny that could effect some Mark? See below for the number of schools ALREADY with armed guards in the schools. That was a stupid idea as well eh? I guess 1/3rd of all schools are NRA supporters and thus targets of your hate?

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