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Should University Place 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 University Place schools? Tell us in the comments.

Krys December 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Absolutely. And by armed, I would say undercover and discreet. We don't want to scare the kids, but I believe we should do more to protect them.
Brent Champaco December 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
This is what I suggested immediately after Sandy Hook. If anyone should be armed, it should be trained security or officers, not teachers. Teachers should be focused on teaching and don't get paid enough to put their lives at risk.
Patty Schumacher December 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The POTUS is protected by armed security, why not our children?
Dan December 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Columbine had armed security. This isn't the answer. I don't know what is, but this NRA talking point has been proven not to be.
Irene Potter December 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Absolutely not, it was proven in Columbine that armed security does not protect our children. We need less guns generally in our society and reasonable control of who should be able to buy a gun and what kind. Those with a mental illness should be screened out as well as these rapid fire guns. Irene Potter
Tony Douglas December 23, 2012 at 03:22 AM
How does one know for sure who suffers from mental illness? Affix a star on their chest, a numbered tattoo on their arm?
Patty Schumacher December 23, 2012 at 08:21 PM
http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=4125338260006&set=vb.1479883476&type=2&theater
Dan December 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Damn, she was good. Thanks for sharing that video. I'm not sure why she didn't have a concealed weapons permit, or if that was even possible back then, but she really did do a good job here. Sad story. Her final line was awesome.
faypatch December 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
why?

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