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School Shootings: Protests As NRA Speaks Out
America's most powerful gun lobby has defended the use of firearms and argued that armed guards could have prevented the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), called on the US Congress to immediately pass legislation to place guards with guns in schools by the time classes resume from winter breaks in January.
He said the proposal was aimed at stopping the next killer "waiting in the wings", claiming that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
Banks, sports stadiums, airports and court houses already have such protection, he added.
"If we truly cherish our kids more than our money, more than our celebrities ... we must give them the greatest level of protection available," Mr LaPierre added.
He argued in favour of a "model school shield" programme consisting of volunteer patrols to be implemented at every school nationwide, at any cost.
The NRA's comments came exactly a week after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 young children, at the school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson, also speaking at the news conference, said armed, trained guards would be part of the programme but not all of it.
He said local school boards could decide on a case-by-case basis if schools should not have guards.
Mr Hutchinson called the NRA a natural choice to head up the "potentially life-saving effort" because of its gun safety, marksmanship and hunter education programmes.
Two protesters from the social justice group Code Pink interrupted the news conference, holding banners in front of Mr LaPierre and shouting that the NRA "is killing our kids".
They were quickly removed from the room.
Mr LaPierre also suggested creating a national database of those with mental health issues.
And he blasted the media and video game industries as "a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people".
The NRA's propositions come as President Barack Obama vowed to address gun control, and appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a working group of administration officials and outside advisers to offer recommendations by January.
Parents and administrators' reactions were ranging from hesitation to anger over the NRA proposal.
Superintendent Hank Grishman of the Jericho, New York, schools on Long Island said he was outraged by the idea.
He said putting more guns in schools will not make children safer, and could even put them in the line of more gunfire.
Parent Helen Gym in Philadelphia called it "extraordinarily opportunistic".
Many of the nation's schools already do have armed school resource police officers on campus.
On Friday morning people in Newtown and across the nation observed a moment of silence to honour the shooting victims.
Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, also killed his mother one week ago before later taking his own life at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
what do you think?
they chose the week old anniversary of shot slaughtered school children to give a speech for more guns.sick.
What else would you expect from the gun loving NRA? Blame everybody else but themselves. . As predictable as it is sickening
The NRA have pulled out their six shooter and shot themselves in the foot. This response, whilst having an element of truth regarding violent video games etc., is exactly as expected and normal decent people will be appalled at the prospect of having armed guards in their schools instead of a movement toward restricting gun ownership.
Truth about video games? LOL grow up. If someone bases their decision to kill off video games, then they have bigger issues!! Which Lanza certainly had...
What happens if an armed guard losses the plot? He'd be in the perfect position to kill even more innocent children. Sickening
My thoughts exactly Steven also these ppl dont phone a school to book a massacre appointment. So if a guards stood out side hes first shot then its business as usual
Oh but...wouldn't he be on the National 'Mentally Ill' register, thereby excluding him from any normality? The NRA should be ashamed of their idiotic attitude, but clearly they aren't. Thank God we live in the UK.
The guards would very taken out in 1 shot. then what?
Some texas schools already have police gards.and virgina tech as the same .he is sadley right there are more mad men out there
And so your answer is to give more people guns. Well thought out.
There have so far been no shootings in texas schools so it must work as it as been in place since 1966 uni of texas shooting.there are also metal dectors at all schools.To be frank it will take years to get a bill through congress
I have worked with children with Aspergers, and also know adults with Aspergers, and violence is no more a part of their psyche than of any person without Aspergers. I feel so sorry that this aspect has come into the 'story' because there is clearly a lot more to this than meets the eye.
ban guns leave them to the army
You must remember the NRA is speaking to Americans they will take all this propaganda to heart and believe.The sales of assault rifles has increased since the latest shooting.I was in Las Vegas last year ,the local gun shop advertised free io minute lesson with a machine gun (their words). It was an assault rifle,country of madmen/women.
Unfortunately they are right. Don't care how much you dislike it you will NEVER change the second amendment despite being 18th century and applying to cap and ball and flintlock guns. Even if you got it through the senate and house of representatives you still need 75% for in a referendum. Won't happen. So all you can do is guard the kids and change the licencing laws for assault rifles restricting them to gun clubs. In any case it will create a lot of jobs. And save lives. There is no alternative as due to the media glorifying this mentally ill lunatic it will happen again
Timx sadly you are wasteing your time with this lot thay have a one track mind.most probley never been to america never mind ever been near a gun.Nra members have kids aswell.and this mad man WAS NOT A MEMBER OF NRA
Thanks mark. The trouble is most of the British posters here are not thinking like Americans. A gun is essential in some places.
if no one had guns it wouldnt be essential. why have something that can take a life with a pull of a trigger. it only takes a second of rage and then you have a lifetime behind bars because of a gun, is it truely worth it. make the world safe and leave the guns to the army.
Well I think there is some thing very wrong with the system and society if you need armed guards at a school..And banning guns will not stop criminals they don't obey the law..Laws only effect and restrict the law abiding citizens not the criminals..
I will go one further I wish all our police were armed too. I agree it's a shocking indictment on society but its necessary now. The London riots could have been stopped. You commit the crime you pay the consequences. We owe it to our law abiding citizens. Criminals will still have guns regardless of the law. Time to act.
"Mr LaPierre also suggested creating a national database of those with mental health issues." That's about 90% of the population of the US by my reckoning... God Bless America!
Yep, wondered when video games would get the blame...
More guns no way ban all guns forever
How do dangerous clowns like la Pierre get so much influence in a civilised society. America the world is laughing at you and crying for your children.