Should Puyallup Schools Follow NRA's Suggestion 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 a 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.

Do you think there should be armed security around Puyallup schools? Tell us in the comments.

Kathleen December 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
This is a joke, right? A police state? Why not arm infants and teach toddlers to shoot? The NRA is backed by gun manufacturers who want to SELL guns and get rich from the profit. It's drivel.
Sharon December 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM
you're a joke!! anyway to protect the children from these crazy people. So far we have lost many to evil, now we can limit, if not erase inocent bloodshed. How would you like your child to stand there and be shot and no one there to protect them in seconds. I want mine protected, this world isn't the same anymore and someone has to stop the evil killing !!!!!
DRR December 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I think arming a guard for every school would be difficult to do and expensive. Plus, it may not be effective. If a criminal knew that there would be an armed guard at a school, guess who they're going to take out first. Stricter gun buying rules and background checks would help, banning assault weapons would help (although people are buying them in record numbers so there will be plenty around), and teaching law abiding gun owners to LOCK up their weapons would help too. The Portland Mall shooting might not have happened if the rightful owner of the stolen guns were in a vault or trigger lock and the Conn school shooting might not have happened if the mother would have locked up her weapons. Don't know why she would have mulitple weapons in a household with a special need son. LOCK UP your guns!!


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