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. Do you think this would work in Westlake?

In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., 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'."

Westlake City Schools leaders addressed security at existing and under-construction schools in interviews with Westlake Patch this week. 

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 want armed citizens who are not police officers in Westlake schools? Share your thoughts in the comments.

slick December 22, 2012 at 05:03 AM
It's the sad truth! It's the only answer!
Lynda Zielinski December 22, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Wrong. More guns leads to more shootings. Look at the statistics. Besides, armed guards were already in place in Columbine, but were out gunned. What are we teaching our children? The biggest bully with the deadliest weapon wins? That's sick, slick.
slick December 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It not good to teach kids to tolerate bullies either! If you ever experienced being bullied or a victim of violent attack changes your opinion. It means nothing to catch a attacker as it is to prevent being a victim. I would personally feel safer knowing there is a armed presence! It may prevent inside bulllying also. I do agree it may not be absolute answer or what you want to teach the kids however things are changing and it would still be better then being sitting ducks!
slick December 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Also lets remove armed guards from all place state and federal then! How about disarming the police also so they don't give children wrong idea! Why do police have guns? Also the USA has same principle hence military weapons and bombs! Like I said its sad but its true not necessary make it right but that's way the world has become!


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