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December 21, 2012
The NRA Speaks Up: Put Armed Guards in Every School - 10

The NRA broke its silence on the mass-shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., during a news conference today. Much of the statement made by Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO, was devoted to making the argument that placing armed guards in every school should be our priority as a nation in order to protect our children from those who would harm them.

“It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.

He went on to say: “Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else, as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.”

He also spoke out against the video game makers and other segments of the entertainment industry, describing them as “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.”

He also called the idea of another gun ban a “dangerous notion” that would fail to promote safety. LaPierre said the NRA will taking a leading role to help prevent another school massacre.

“The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields,” he said.

Is this an answer that will work: placing armed guards in every school and making those who create violent media more accountable for their products? Is that going to make our schools safer?

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from JHP wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Did not the guards at Columbine exchanged fire with the two shooters. That probably limited the carnage and allowed more students to escape.

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from Klxiii wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I think guards would be very ineffective. First, like many of you have already pointed out, they would have a difficult time securing an entire school and they would probably be the first target of someone planning to harm the students - plus they would most likely be easy to identify for the shooter. I also think it would be very difficult for them to avoid becoming complacent as 99.999% of days would be uneventful for them. Arming teachers is also a bad idea as most teachers probably wouldn't be open to carrying a firearm and I believe it would just increase the chances of an accident. I also believe they would want a pay raise (which we all know most school districts would be hesitant to pay - another problem for paying for a security guard who wouldn't do anything 99.999% of the time).

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from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

According to FBI data there were 13,636 homicides last year and (all) rifles were used in 348. Assault weapons* are a fraction of that. Hands and feet were used in 801, blunt objects 611. Naturally, democrats can't resist banning something that accounts for @ 1% of the problem.
Assault weapon- a gun that can be used to scare a soccer mom during an election.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is a good idea...in theory. In practice however, one guard would be too easy for a well-planned, determined assailant to overpower, and also, where's the funding for all these security guards going to come from?

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from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Hi...

Armed security and restricted access (students, teachers, and other NECESSARY personnel) to schools would certainly be a starting point.

With most school budgets not faring very well, it would, unfortunately, not likely be possible to implement same right away.

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from Sven_Katur wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

While schools have certainly been the focal point for these incidents, the real nut jobs out there that are hell bent on committing these acts will either plan to take these "security" personnel out first or simply find other venues to commit similar atrocities. Additionally, if you like the training of your local TSA agents, imagine the quality and caliber (no pun intended) of the tens of thousands of former school crossing guards that will be re-purposed for these new security positions ...

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I'd certainly feel better about there being armed security at my son's school. I'd be more than willing to do it myself- and if it means i'm taking a bullet (or several) to save children's lives, then i'm all for it. Sign me up.

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from JM wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

-I do not think a guard would be much help in places such as colleges and high schools(multiple entrances, students with a gun could blend in, etc.).
-I can see them being help in smaller middle/elementary schools where they could only use 1 exit/entrance during the day and the guard could be set up there whenever the door was going to be unlocked.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

HARROLD, Texas — In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. (Some people are already doing the right thing.) "The other route is Australia." Ever research Australia and guns?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Guards would be an improvement but they can't stop every person bent on murder and suicide. I really expected more from them and am a little disappointed. The things Congress are discussing really won't have any impact either though. I'm afraid it is all "feel good" restrictions. In my opinion, I don't see any problem with limiting magazines to an extent or requiring background checks at gun shows nationwide. Banning assault rifles, whatever those are, is just anti gunners getting their way. Banning assault weapons is just the beginning for the ani gunners.

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from JM wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

-I do not think a guard would be much help in places such as colleges and high schools(multiple entrances, students with a gun could blend in, etc.).
-I can see them being help in smaller middle/elementary schools where they could only use 1 exit/entrance during the day and the guard could be set up there whenever the door was going to be unlocked.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Guards would be an improvement but they can't stop every person bent on murder and suicide. I really expected more from them and am a little disappointed. The things Congress are discussing really won't have any impact either though. I'm afraid it is all "feel good" restrictions. In my opinion, I don't see any problem with limiting magazines to an extent or requiring background checks at gun shows nationwide. Banning assault rifles, whatever those are, is just anti gunners getting their way. Banning assault weapons is just the beginning for the ani gunners.

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from akferraro1 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

According to FBI data there were 13,636 homicides last year and (all) rifles were used in 348. Assault weapons* are a fraction of that. Hands and feet were used in 801, blunt objects 611. Naturally, democrats can't resist banning something that accounts for @ 1% of the problem.
Assault weapon- a gun that can be used to scare a soccer mom during an election.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I'd certainly feel better about there being armed security at my son's school. I'd be more than willing to do it myself- and if it means i'm taking a bullet (or several) to save children's lives, then i'm all for it. Sign me up.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Hi...

Armed security and restricted access (students, teachers, and other NECESSARY personnel) to schools would certainly be a starting point.

With most school budgets not faring very well, it would, unfortunately, not likely be possible to implement same right away.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

This is a good idea...in theory. In practice however, one guard would be too easy for a well-planned, determined assailant to overpower, and also, where's the funding for all these security guards going to come from?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Klxiii wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I think guards would be very ineffective. First, like many of you have already pointed out, they would have a difficult time securing an entire school and they would probably be the first target of someone planning to harm the students - plus they would most likely be easy to identify for the shooter. I also think it would be very difficult for them to avoid becoming complacent as 99.999% of days would be uneventful for them. Arming teachers is also a bad idea as most teachers probably wouldn't be open to carrying a firearm and I believe it would just increase the chances of an accident. I also believe they would want a pay raise (which we all know most school districts would be hesitant to pay - another problem for paying for a security guard who wouldn't do anything 99.999% of the time).

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

HARROLD, Texas — In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. (Some people are already doing the right thing.) "The other route is Australia." Ever research Australia and guns?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sven_Katur wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

While schools have certainly been the focal point for these incidents, the real nut jobs out there that are hell bent on committing these acts will either plan to take these "security" personnel out first or simply find other venues to commit similar atrocities. Additionally, if you like the training of your local TSA agents, imagine the quality and caliber (no pun intended) of the tens of thousands of former school crossing guards that will be re-purposed for these new security positions ...

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from JHP wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Did not the guards at Columbine exchanged fire with the two shooters. That probably limited the carnage and allowed more students to escape.

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