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Should Diamond Bar, Walnut Schools Follow NRA's Call 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 an amazing 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.

Vito Spago December 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Surge of gun carrying good guys. No they didn't say that. Just a security guard to keep out druggies, loonies, molesters and the like. You would get those even if there were no guns in the world. You want your kids safe or do you want to harass gun owners?
alan haskvitz December 22, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Vito, Concerning the NRA proposal: It didn't work at Columbine.
GammaUt December 22, 2012 at 06:39 AM
No.
Julia Nelson December 22, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Would you trust an armed security guard to not shoot the wrong kid during a disturbance? If the guard is at the other end of the school, a shooter could hit several kids before the guard could get there. There's no reason for a citizen to own a military grade assault rifle. Those were designed for maximum killing, not hunting.
alan haskvitz December 22, 2012 at 04:12 PM
More lies the NRA told: "LaPierre attacked "gun-free school zones" and ignored the record of the NRA efforts on community policing. In the 1994 crime bill that included the original assault weapons ban, Bill Clinton included a new program called "Community Oriented Policing Services" that meant to add 100,000 new police officers to our streets (which LaPierre is essentially now proposing by putting cops in every school.) The NRA opposed that bill in 1994 and later mocked the COPS program for failing to meet its promise. Now he's complaining about the loss of "Secure Our Schools" grants. They were administered by COPS. "
A J December 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
"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." Good point. We allow our children to fill their heads with violent "action" games, music, and films, and then we wonder why a small number of them act out what they have learned from this media of violence. As a culture, we do next to nothing to stop this sick trend.
A J December 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I am concerned with the use of the word "lies" here. To accuse a person of lying is a rather serious charge. Mr. La Pierre made his case for his position. The fact that he did not include certain points in his speech, or the fact that you strongly disagree with him, does not make him a liar. You rightly provided opposing arguments, but to call the man a liar is not warranted.
Ray Russell December 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I would say yes, armed guards or security should be used at all our schools. This is as much a deterrent as a direct protection. This and better mental health care would go much further in solving the existing problem than making guns only available to a criminal or mentally unstable individuals through black market chanels. Don't forget that simply taking away the right to own or buy something does not prevent it from getting into the hands of someone that really wants it. The current war on drugs is a very good example of that. And a black market already exists for the sale of illegal weapons, a market our government has been supplying with weapons.
Julia Nelson December 24, 2012 at 09:13 AM
Columbine, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood all had armed guards and still many people were killed.
Vito Spago December 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Disagree. Show me where Columbine and V. Tech had armed security guards. They were gun free schools.
Ray Russell December 24, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Julia, if the did have armed guards , where were they? There was no mention in any news account that I read of any response to the shootings except by the unarmed teaching personnel bent on protecting their children from harm. Obviously, if there were armed guards, they were not trained properly ! the call is for properly armed guards, people that will risk their lives to protect their charges. Stop spouting the same old anti gun retoric. Let's do something that is positive and has the best chance to protect children from these situations!

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