NRA: Put ‘Armed Police Officers’ in Every School

In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools

During its first press conference since the Sandy Hook School shooting last Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for schools to be armed with police officers.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA executive Wayne LaPierre.

He said school children defenseless "and the predators of the world know it and exploit it."

LaPierre urged Congress  ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.

What do you think about the NRA's call for armed police officers in our schools? Tell us in the comments!

Brucernri December 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Really, Chris? Explain why it is "stupid". Rights defined by the constitution are not unlimited. You just want to keep falling back on the tired argument that any NEW laws restricting gun ownership or use somehow are unconstitutional, yet we live by laws that govern the ownership and use currently. You want to apply the literal interpretation of the 2nd amendment now, because a new restriction would affect what you currently have but you can't respond to how any new law infringes upon you any differently from existing laws. For your position to be valid, all existing laws would have to dismissed because they too infringe upon the literal interpretation of the right. A new law may be selfishly "unacceptable" to you, but laws are enacted to better society as a whole, and continually evolve and interpret the rights granted us by the constitution. I understand how that may not be your preference or your opinion on how that would make society better, but it is neither "ignorant" or "stupid".
Murrie L. Hubbard III December 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Bruce and Chris, while I know where you're both coming from on this, and respect each of your ideas, the gun control piece, as well as the mental health piece, are secondary to the immediate protection of our children, grandchildren and their teachers piece. Yes, the federal and state governments need to begin working on these other two issues, but they will each take a significant amount of time to have any effect on this problem. In the meantime, our most valuable assets need the absolute best protection that we can provide them, because there are all too many Adam Lanza's waiting in the wings to do even better than he did 10 days ago... Can you imagine when that happens again if there was not armed police officer present to at least make an attempt to engage him. Well, I can tell you: There will be absolute hell to pay!
LiveLaughLove December 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I am a teacher. The Newtown incident was an incredible tragedy. I have worked in an urban school with a full time police officer, and it worked well. Police presence in schools is a good thing--in addition to providing safety, these officers provide a role model, a community connection, and a sense of caring safety to both students and teachers. The officer at our school knew the students, and assisted with drugs and fights, often defusing issues before they became major problems. I agree that police officers are an asset to schools. But we also need to address mental health issues, situations with violent video games, and work with gun control while preserving our second amendment rights. It is only through a multi-faceted approach that we will have any hope of treating the symptoms of this problem which is becoming endemic to our culture. A single approach--taking away a certain type of guns or ammo--will simply not solve this issue.
Rick67 December 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Columbine and Virginia Tech both had at least one armed guard onsite at the time of their school shooting incidents. Their presence did not prevent the mass killings of students.
Danny White January 10, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I'd rather get shot with a .22 semi-auto rifle then a 12 gauge pump shotgun. How about we ban those too Bruce. They aren't semi-auto but can do way more damage. You need to educate yourself about firearms before you decide the rights of others.


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