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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 in Washington DC, 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.

Newtown locals responded to the NRA press conference. Suzy DeYoung, a Newtown parent, coach and resident for nine years who has three children, said LaPierre's speech was playing to people’s fears.

“People are much smarter than this,” DeYoung said. “He is saying we need to be protected from guns by more guns. This lack of logic speaks for itself, and I truly believe the response you are abut to see from parents all around the world will offer better commentary than I ever could."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, CT said that while she supports an increase in gun control and personally does not believe in guns at all, that the larger problem goes "way beyond that."

"The problem we have is our immunity to violence as a society as a whole," she said. "Violent video games, violent movies, addiction to horror films. We've developed immunity to violence and violent images."

LaPierre also lamented violence in video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. But his central solution seemed to be a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who might 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.

LaPierre did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

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Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Regarding Head Start... http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CD8QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.princeton.edu%2F~jcurrie%2Fpublications%2FLonger_Term_Effects_HeadSt.pdf&ei=l9D0UOP0JtCP0QGQ0wE&usg=AFQjCNHycKkPtbf61UnZiMotEJXHNC0cTQ&bvm=bv.41018144,d.dmQ http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&ved=0CFcQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdepts.washington.edu%2Fisei%2Fiyc%2Fbarnett_hustedt18_1.pdf&ei=r9H0UL-tCOqL0QGJ04HgDQ&usg=AFQjCNGn-c9WRZKaCSfSQkmCVn3cwneocQ&bvm=bv.41018144,d.dmQ http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpeople.fas.harvard.edu%2F~deming%2Fpapers%2FDeming_HeadStart.pdf&ei=VNL0UJr7N6m10AHi04DYAw&usg=AFQjCNGzHLrPE56f7IqmbzRcOWif9fKfyA&bvm=bv.41018144,d.dmQ ----------- How do you measure your claim that "U.S education has declined in global standards year after year?" Again, please show how privatization has lead to improvements in education. ----------- The Tea Party doesn't love guns? Here is the Tea Party's "Second Amendment" feed. http://www.teaparty.org/category/secondamendment/#feed
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 01:31 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/sunday-review/more-guns-more-killing.html?hpw
Fan of Ridgewood January 15, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Mom - your papers on Head Start are written by academics who have an economic intererest in seeing HeadStart continue. Again, government studies have shown its futility. You confuse a love of the Constitution and the rights of the 2nd Ammendment with a love of guns. As i noted before 56% of the country believes in the right to gun ownership but 56% of the country do not own guns. Im one of those. Also note in the link you sent, a burgulary tied to the paper that listed the addresses of gunowners. I hope there's a hefty lawsuit against this paper, which has encouraged this type of criminal activity. Regarding examples of stagnant education improvement over the decades of the Dept of Education. Find your own examples. They are everywhere. Highschool drop out rates, SATs, drops in math competencies. Again, this gun control enthusiasm has little to do with stopping gun violence and much to do with politics.
Joseph Pena January 15, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Something to remember. Many people on this web blog have referred to not letting criminals get access to guns. Which I agree guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals. But there is a point that that doesn't address. Not one of the mass killings in America was done by someone who had a criminal record. The idea of keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys fall flat on its face when you realize that the bad guys that do mass shootings were never known to be bad guys until the day they shot a bunch of people. They weren't criminals until the day they committed that particular crime.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM
So what should we do take all the guns away?
Jane January 15, 2013 at 03:20 PM
The N.Y Times has a liberal agenda on everything and not just on their editorial page. Because they make up a headline like that it does not make it true. Your previous comments on gun owners being criminals shows your confusion on the issue,.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 03:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WPaa7TiK_Gk#
Jane January 15, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Ridgewood Mom says "Gun owners should be regarded as criminals" The fact that she is even taken seriously on this board after that comment tells you just how nuts some of these people are. They never owned a gun but would be the first to scream for Police protection all the while undermining the Police and their power to enforce the laws. It is a fact that many Jewish people do not support this government nor have they ever supported any government in which they have lived.(unless its Israel) Many other do good liberals have done countless damage to our society all the while claiming to be helping us. The President wants to bypass congress and make 19 new gun laws by executive order.I have not heard a peep about his proposed circumventing of the constitution form the liberal crowd. True liberals who believe in the constitution have vanished,only the progressive anti Americans seem to be left.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 03:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WPaa7TiK_Gk#
Glenn Rosenblum January 15, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Please contact celebrity access, inc regarding the financial matter that you are well aware of.
Fan of Ridgewood January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Mom - your papers on Head Start are written by academics who have an economic intererest in seeing HeadStart continue. Again, government studies have shown its futility. You confuse a love of the Constitution and the rights of the 2nd Ammendment with a love of guns. As i noted before 56% of the country believes in the right to gun ownership but 56% of the country do not own guns. Im one of those. Also note in the link you sent, a burgulary tied to the paper that listed the addresses of gunowners. I hope there's a hefty lawsuit against this paper, which has encouraged this type of criminal activity. Regarding examples of stagnant education improvement over the decades of the Dept of Education. Find your own examples. They are everywhere. Highschool drop out rates, SATs, drops in math competencies. Again, this gun control enthusiasm has little to do with stopping gun violence and much to do with politics.
Fan of Ridgewood January 15, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Mom - that you would pick this article as support for US gun control says more about then yours and the NY TImes disingeniousness on the topic than it supports US gun control It's primary example is Latin America. South America is violent because of it's huge drug trade and organized crime syndicate. It is the kidnapping capital of the world. It didnt become violent because there just happen to be access to guns. Indeed, if legitimate business owners didnt arm themselves they and their businesses would be destroyed. Obama tried to caplitalize on the instability of mexican border towns by supplying guns in the infamous, Fast and Furious scandal and then hoping to show gun distribution being out of control. Again, this gun control initiative is about politics not real prevention of gun violence.
Fan of Ridgewood January 15, 2013 at 07:28 PM
True, Joseph, the wild mass murders are done by mentally unstable people, not by career criminals. But their murders are a very very small percentage of the gun deaths compared to the criminal segment. To eliminate legal gunownership is to remove the right to private protection for those who cant afford to hire private protection. I agree that certain curbs should be in order like outlawing 30 round magazines, low-level sale processing at gun shows, and whatever we can do to keep known mentally ill people away from any access.
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:36 PM
"They are everywhere. Highschool drop out rates, SATs, drops in math competencies" Sounds more to me like we have a poverty/social inequality problem. Since you won't, let me present some evidence. If we take compare PISA test scores based on relative levels of poverty, U.S. public schools score the highest marks in the world. http://nasspblogs.org/principaldifference/2010/12/pisa_its_poverty_not_stupid_1.html Can you present supporting evidence to the contrary?
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I don't understand your point about Jewish people Jane. Can you clarify that for me?
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Why not?
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:43 PM
And who is to protect us from those who are unstable enough that they would like to own guns?
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Where would you like to compare with F. or Ridgewood? Somalia perhaps?
John Q. January 15, 2013 at 09:50 PM
He who engages in a dialogue with Ridgewood Mom is expert at wasting their own time.
Ridgewood Mom January 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
That's an excellent conversation starter John Q.
Fan of Ridgewood January 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM
John Q, you are absolutely correct. She is, by her own admission, a housewife (doesnt get out much) who appears to get her info from union bulletins and reading the stars. Her arguments are circular and i think i need to ignore them as well.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Ridgewood Mom- For some reason many Jewish people are anti-American. Most are hard workers and many are entrepreneurs but they have a history through out the centuries and through out the world to be against the actual government in which they live and prosper. I believe much of it has to do with an anti Christian foundation which tends to push them away from republicans and towards democrats. If you analyze it you will find that the democrats constantly work against the interest of the Jewish people yet they constantly and overwhelmingly vote for them.This President has been one of the most anti Israeli Presidents we have ever had but they choose him over an entrepreneur with vast experience.I am not condemning individual Jewish people just stating a fact that few people will even mention because any mention of what Jewish people do will be met with not intelligent discussion but anti semitic accusations. Look up U.S.S. Liberty and see what Israel intentionally did to our Navy men in 1967.
Ridgewood Mom January 16, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Oy vey!
Joseph Pena January 16, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Jane the reasn many Jews are resistant to government could be with the fact that during WWII it was a government that put them in concentration camps and had many cremated. Perhaps it's because of centuries of pogroms in Europe also at the hands of government before that.
Fan of Ridgewood January 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Joseph, all the more reason that i would think Jews would resist big government. Im confused by the Jewish loyalty to the Democratic party. They, in general, are a very self sufficient people with little need for government social programs to keep them prosperous. They appear to live like Republicans and vote like Democrats. I just dont understand.
Ridgewood Mom January 16, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Jane and "Fan of Ridgewood," Since you are both telling us how you feel about Jews, and "Fan of Ridgewood" continues to express how he feels about black people and what are appropriate societal roles for women, I am curious to know what the two of you think about Asian people? There are a lot of them in town. Are they OK just so long as their foundations aren't "anti-Christian" and their loyalties aren't to the democratic party? I also see some talk about mental handicaps people the real source of our gun violence problem. Does being mentally handicapped make someone more of a danger then if they are "anti-Christian" or loyal to the democratic party? Or is that less of a concern? And If a white person has a foundation that is "anti-Christian" or their loyalty is to the democratic party are they also "anti-American," or is there something different about about a Jew being that made you think to specifically bring up Jews here?
Fan of Ridgewood January 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I dont think ive ever said anything about how i "feel about blacks". I have only the highest regard for the Jewish and Asian cultures. I happen not to be Christian, myself and im certainly not anti-American. But in the wise words of John Q, "He who engages in a dialogue with Ridgewood Mom is expert at wasting their own time."
Fan of Ridgewood January 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Oh, nor have i ever said what societal roles are for women. Anyone, man or woman, who does not go out in the world to earn a living is lacking in real world experience.
Ex Rocker January 17, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Wow! Guns, no guns...none of it matters if you examine the real problem at hand. What have we done to the youth of today? In a culture that from birth tells a child that they are special in every way. That is a job for grandparents, but it has become the way we raise children. That is, of course, we even grant them the right to be born. That right is reserved for the mom only, so I suppose they think they're lucky they made the cut in the first place. Then they go to school where they are again told that there is no such thing as failure. They are classified up the wazoo and drugged rather than punished. If they want to play on a sports team, they get to even if they suck at it, because it doesn't matter anyway since no one keeps score. God forbid their feelings get hurt. This continues through high school where they're told they can be anything they want to be, again, because they're so special. They are fed this nonsense until they totally believe that they can get into any college, get any job, car, mate, they want, and why not? They are SPECIAL! Then it happens. Real life hits them in the face. They can't get into a college, or if they do, they soon flunk out. There is no boss that doesn't keep score, or no section in any office for people who's only qualifications are being "SPECIAL". Cars cost real money and the salesman doesn't much care if you hold your breath till your face turns blue. Con’t on next post
Ex Rocker January 17, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Part 2. I don't have to go on, we all know the drill, so why are we surprised that this poor kid who's had the rug pulled out from under him turns hostile and angry towards a world that promised him everything but now won't deliver. He was robbed of a sense of achievement. He was robbed the lessons of failure and how to handle it. His sense of self worth has crashed and he's pissed, and he's not going to take this sitting down. "I'll show them". Yeah, this sounds harsh, and there are exceptions to every rule, but what we've done to our children is child abuse. What we've done to the values that made us great is unforgivable. So fight over your guns if you will. I contend the 2nd amendment is important and necessary, but all that talk has nothing to do with the person who's found no other way but to go out in a crazed blaze of hateful rage. There will always be sick people, but maybe we should be talking about how to decrease that number and give people back their dignity. Until then, what to do right now? Damned if I know.

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