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Should Elk Grove 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.

CJ December 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
What is "amazing" about the press conference Mr. Ness?
Think Free December 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
The Corporate sponsored Gun lobby NRA wants to give us more guns in our schools. They just planted their flag in wacko land again! Just look for proof of what restrictions, background checks and gun safety classes does for the rest of the developed world. Israel, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Japan, and the list goes on. It makes absolutely no sense. And watch the wacko land people respond to this!
Mark Paxson December 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Ah, yes, and what happens when that "good guy with a gun" loses his job, finds out his wife is cheating on him, or has some other crisis that causes him to go over the edge? Almost every single one of the people who has committed one of these massacres has been a law-abiding citizen up until the massacre. For instance, what would be the grounds for denying Adam Lanza legal access to guns prior to December 14?
Bob B December 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
There is absolutely to reason why anyone, other than our military, should have a military-style, automatic or semi-automatic weapon. In my opinion, no 'right' is absolute: one cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater (Freedom of Speech); one cannot (legally) be married to more than one wife (Freedom of Religion); one cannot knowingly slander another (Freedom of the Press), etc... The 2nd Amendment was written for the 18th century, to enable folks to be armed for the purpose of establishing a militia, primarily,to defend the country, not to acquire a limitless amount of firepower. This is the 21st century, it's way past time to bring our social contract (the Constitution - which, for all intents and purposes, has become nothing more than a cash cow for judges, lawyers and corporations) to reflect the century we are now in. Until we do that, a police officer, with his/her police-car parked in front the school, would serve as a deterrent to any potential criminal.
M.Legison December 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I'm in general agreement with the NRA's statement in that a well armed and well trained citizenry may be the best defense in cases like Newtown. Far more offensive to me is the article writer's opening "..in an amazing..." What was "amazing"? This is the kind of leftist bigotry we've come to see nearly universally in the media, but the Patch's frequent open hatred of anything non-leftist is irritating. Most of the anti-gun crowd are intimidated by weapons. Becoming comfortable with using them is the key to proper and safe usage. The NRA has been conducting classes for as long as I can remember--what better time to attend?
Bwood December 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/12/22/the-nras-school-safety-plan-round-up-the-sick-and-arm-the-children/
Cody Kitaura (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
CJ and M., you're right. Someone should have caught that sooner -- I've removed that language from the story. Thanks.
ylg December 22, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I don't want an army of George Zimmermans patrolling schools.
M.Legison December 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Thanks, Cody. You have always been fair in policy and content. My swipe about the Patch was a broad brush and does not include you.
Bwood December 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Is this LaPierre's idea of a workaround? It's such a bad idea, even the victim's families won't support it. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57560612/newtown-parents-reject-nra-plan/
Mark Paxson December 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
M. ... who decides who becomes the "well-armed and well-trained citizenry" is? What happens when one of those well-armed and well-trained citizens goes off the deep-end? Do you believe that teachers and principals should be trained and armed? Where will their weapons be kept so they aren't accessible to students? If they are locked away or if the ammunition and guns are kept separate, just how accessible will they be in case of an emergency? I keep asking these questions of people who hold your view and nobody provides an answer. Please feel free to fill in the details.
Marty December 23, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This article was sent to me this week. It is my belief that we need to fix the barriers to Mental Health in this country instead of arming guards at our schools. If the information is correct, the police had to break windows to gain access to the Newtown school. Is this armed guard at the school going to be in the what I will call "hot spot" when needed or maybe out on the grounds/parking lot when needed in a seconds notice? What kind of training would this school guard need to respond in the situation that occured in Newtown? Mental health care is available for children and adults of all ages. Unfortunately, many people do not seek care for various reasons. This lack of treatment can lead to a worsening of the condition, deterioration of physical and mental health, suicide, legal problems, marital breakdown, job loss and substance abuse. http://www.news-leader.com/article/20121223/NEWS01/312230037/Lammers-Bolivar-Connecticut-shooting I agree, there is no easy fix. It's just not happening at our schools....how do you arm theatres, shopping malls, sports arenas...the list could never end. It's people who pull that trigger..........that's the fix we need! But, I also agree that maybe our gun laws are too lax. The young man in the article above was able to purchase a gun at Walmart, luckily his parents found the receipt in his pants pocket and reported him. That would be a tough one though. Just sayin'........

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