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NRA: Put Armed Security in Every School Now

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, interrupted by protesters during a national press conference, says, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The National Rifle Association (NRA) called on Congress to act immediately to put armed security officers in every school and make sure "blanket safety" is in place before school resumes after holiday break.

"We need to make every school in America immediately deploy a protection program," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

Should every school have armed security? Tell us in the comments section below.

The NRA went on the offensive Friday saying violent video games such as Kindergarten Killer and "blood-soaked" films are to blame for gun violence such as last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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A protester interrupted the press conference by holding up a banner with red letters proclaiming "NRA Killing Our Kids." LaPierre stopped speaking until the protester was led out of the room. The man shouted, "The violence begins with the NRA."

LaPierre resumed his remarks but a woman protester interrupted the press conference again shouting "The NRA has blood on its hands." 

LaPierre said the outcome of last week's massacre would have been different if shooter Adam Lanza had been confronted by an armed security guard. Instead, Lanza was faced with an unarmed school principal "forced to surrender her life."

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.

He asked, "Can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?"

LaPierre pledged the NRA will bring all of its resources to develop a "national school shield" safety program for every school that wants it. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the project with a budget from the NRA.

Here are LaPierre's remarks in their entirety:

The National Rifle Association's 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut ... who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.

Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.

Now, we must speak ... for the safety of our nation's children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?

The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth. Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them.

And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

How have our nation's priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.

Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!

The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment?

How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine thatrewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark?

A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?

And the fact is, that wouldn't even begin to address the much larger and more lethal criminal class: Killers, robbers, rapists and drug gang members who have spread like cancer in every community in this country. Meanwhile, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% — to the lowest levels in a decade.

So now, due to a declining willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years! Add another hurricane, terrorist attack or some other natural or man-made disaster, and you've got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.

And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.

Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here's one: it's called Kindergarten Killers. It's been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there's the blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it "entertainment."

But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.

And throughout it all, too many in our national media ... their corporate owners ... and their stockholders ... act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

The media call semi-automatic firearms "machine guns" — they claim these civilian semi-automatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers ... when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don't know what they're talking about!

Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed!

As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it.

As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. 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. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away ... or a minute away?

Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow morning: "More guns," you'll claim, "are the NRA's answer to everything!" Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word "gun" automatically become a bad word?

A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn't a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn't a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

So why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools?

They're our kids. They're our responsibility. And it's not just our duty to protect them — it's our right to protect them.

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?

Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America's gun owners that you're willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. But do know this President zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year's budget, and scrapped "Secure Our Schools"policing grants in next year's budget.

With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can't afford to put a police officer in every school?Even if they did that, politicians have no business — and no authority — denying us the right, the ability, or the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.

Now, the National Rifle Association knows that there are millions of qualified active and retired police; active, reserve and retired military; security professionals; certified firefighters and rescue personnel; and an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every school. We can deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America's schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America's police force.

The budget of our local police departments are strained and resources are limited, but their dedication and courage are second to none and they can be deployed right now.

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

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.

Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local authorities — and draw upon every resource available — to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now. Every school will have a different solution based on its own unique situation.

Every school in America needs to immediately identifydedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America's preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.

Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now. We did it for the nation's defense industries and military installations during World War II, and we'll do it for our schools today.

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.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead this effort as National Director of the National School Shield Program, with a budget provided by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as a U.S. Attorney, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and credentialed experts available anywhere, to get this program up and running from the first day forward.

If we truly cherish our kids more than our money or our celebrities, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible and the security that is only available with a properly trained — armed — good guy.

Under Asa's leadership, our team of security experts will make this the best program in the world for protecting our children at school, and we will make that program available to every school in America free of charge.

That's a plan of action that can, and will, make a real, positive and indisputable difference in the safety of our children — starting right now.

There'll be time for talk and debate later. This is the time, this is the day for decisive action.

We can't wait for the next unspeakable crime to happen before we act. We can't lose precious time debating legislation that won't work. We mustn't allow politics or personal prejudice to divide us. We must act now.

For the sake of the safety of every child in America, I call on every parent, every teacher, every school administrator and every law enforcement officer in this country to join us in the National School Shield Program and protect our children with the only line of positive defense that's tested and proven to work.

kevin December 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Josh, i hear the argument a lot that gun control and legislation won't fix this. Bad guys do bad stuff, no stopping them. To me thats a weak irresponsible argument, because how can we say it won't work if we don't even try?
Patrick C December 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Josh, just like throwing laws at illegal drugs, nor did it work throwing people with guns at it work either. There are many schools with police with guns in them. The violence didn't go way.
Bill Sams December 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I Think More People that say They hope the NRA pays for this Cost are just plain uninformed. Why don't these same People support the NRA with Money. Better yet why don't these same people join the NRA to help stop Obama and Biden with their Crazy Gun laws that Don't work. Having the National Guard stand guard at our Schools are the best solution I have heard so far.
Jona franklin December 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The statement that that Wayne made, included that the NRA would use it's resources and money to help.
Mike Shortall Sr December 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Your funding idea sounds like a winner to me.
Andrew Starr December 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
As a pro-gun advocate I disagree with the NRA on this one. I agree with Kevin that we do not need to turn our schools into a police state ultimately desensitizing them to this condition. I do believe that part of the problem is the advertisement of “Gun Free” school zones. That is like leaving the chicken coop door open for the fox. Understand that the shooter of the Colorado movie theatre drove 20 miles to kill his victims bypassing numerous movie theatres that allowed movie goers to bring in their guns until he reached his destination of a “Gun Free” movie theatre. It is simple animal nature to hunt were it is the easiest….and yes we are technically animals. Gun violence is the work of the deranged or criminal and taking guns from honest gun owners will leave them defenseless from the morally stricken. Those intent on doing harm will bypass any law and will procure them regardless. Case in point….how many times have guns and knives been found in prison? I myself believe as many others, that the teachers should conceal carry keeping our children safe without the distraction of having a military style police presence
Bill Sams December 22, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Andrew, that is sound advice But Do you think that the school Unions will allow the teachers to be Trained and carry? I think the schools today are too restricted to allow this to happen. I sure wish there were a solution to the problem and the NRA is the only ones that have offered any sound advice.
Andrew Starr December 22, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Those that don’t know the second Amendment, nor have studied our ancestry or recent history are benign to the reason that we need guns. The Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. We have a right to protect ourselves based on our humanity and that is something no one can take away, but the second amendment ensures us the ability to fight a tyrannical government and it is the ONLY thing deemed ”necessary” in our constitution lending itself to this fact. If they take the ability to protect ourselves we become slaves to tyrannical government. Proof: Nazi Germany, Communist China, Communist Russia, North Korea and any other dictatorial country that has taken the peoples ability to protect themselves, have ALWAYS executed their people to keep power.
kevin December 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Andrew, show me a well regulated militia and maybe i'll reconsider! Having a bunch of guns in your house doesn't make you a well regulated militia. The point of the 2nd is for people to protect their home and person from invasion foreign or domestic. While in a perfect world i would like all guns melted down, i realize thats not real. but i also don't see the point in citizen's owning weapons that are built for nothing more than efficient killing. there's no way you can logically tell me the people who wrote the constitution had semi automatic weapons and 100 round magazines in mind when they wrote that. Your talking about something that can fire 100 rounds faster than these guys could've reloaded a single shot. I'm not saying get rid of guns per say, you want a handgun in your house, or a reasonable riffle for hunting, sounds good. the rest is gluttony and irresponsibility in my opinion.
Andrew Starr December 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Kevin, When it comes to a well regulated militia, we’ve drifted from the original intent. The framers were involved in a bitter war that pitted the military against the people. They realized that a free nation could not have a standing army and in Article 1, Section 8, powers granted to Congress it states: “To raise and support armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years” Subsequently they detail the use of the militia and who remains in charge of it after called into service to protect the country. The militia, organized and regulated at the state level ensured that a government sponsored military could not be used against the people. Since then the US Code marginalizes the militia a mistake that could prove ominous some day….. The reason the 2nd does not describe what weapons a person can hold is so we the people could be as armed as the military. One dare not bring a knife to a gun fight…correct?
Andrew Starr December 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Bill, I agree, it is a complicated issue. How wonderful it would be to snap our fingers and make all the guns go away but reality descents. As a teacher I would protest that I had a right to protect myself knowing full well that unless an officer was posted at every door there would be no solace. This solution, along with the advertisement that teachers are armed, would be the only way to deter another potential catastrophe. The main stream media refuses to run stories how armed individuals, not officers, have deterred more potential loss of life than not. We as a people are not told the full story but only what suits their agenda.
Cliff Eike December 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
To those who posit that the attempted removal of lawfully owned firearms from citizens, or the out-right "ban" on the sale and manufacture of armaments whose purpose is self-defense or other lawful purposes such as hunting, target shooting, etc. I propose a little history lesson on the success/failure of such measures before. In the infinite wisdom of "progressive social engineers" in government, Prohibition was enacted by the following: Amendment XVIII to the Constitution of the United States (Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed December 5, 1933 with the Ratification of Amendment XXI) Section 1 After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited. Sec. 2 & 3 omitted for brevity sake
Cliff Eike December 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM
You may recall that during the period of Prohibition, many people remained determined to "freely" to engage in behavior they felt appropriate. This included the "home brew" of every kind of distilled spirits, beers, and wines. The consumption of same continued in "speak easy" parlors where the elites and high society who considered themselves "above the law" anyway consumed vast quantities of the beverages. Many times these celebrations were attended by powerful political figures and businesspersons determined to mingle, and recreate. Others in less noble social circles created "moonshine" and faster and faster motor vehicles which could outrun the Federal "revenuers." When that failed, the gun battles and competitive "organized crime" syndicates determined to make money by supplying a product on the "black market" which remained in high demand, resulted in "blood bath mass shootings" which were spread across the major cities and reported in all the papers. This period of violence in America has only since been rivaled by the drug gangs of today. Again, the government in an attempt to order certain social behavior and solve a "problem," instead birthed consequences that were much more dangerous and detrimental to civilized society than the one they had thought they had "fixed" via the law.
Cliff Eike December 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Sadly, in case after case since, government legislators intent on scaring the public into accepting more "rules" designed to protect them, instead place the public in greater danger, and most often enslave them. How many examples of "failed government policies" is enough to wake people up to the fact that central planning does more harm than good. Thus ends today's lesson! Now, it's time to ponder serious workable solutions in the same manner our Founders contemplated the nature of man and the formation of the Republic.
Gerry G December 23, 2012 at 05:10 AM
I will second Queen Sheba's idea. But not only the F16s (to protect Egypt against what nation?), there is also some 1.6 billion dollars going to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that would be better invested in our school security.
Bobz December 23, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Nah, Mike, pro athletes ticket revenue is private enterprise. What you are suggesting is socialism, forcing private business to foot the bills for the protection of government entities like public schools. Besides what's the connection between gun violence in schools and pro sports? If the problem is caused or facilitated by guns then a tax on activities connected with guns sounds in order, "LaPierre pledged the NRA will bring all of its resources to develop a "national school shield" safety program for every school that wants it. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the project with a budget from the NRA." Let's see if the NRA is willing to put its money where its mouth is, let's see them pony up the money to pay for any and every cost associated with implementing their proposal of putting armed officers into every school. Anything that raises school taxes needs to go before voters not triggered by some unelected spokesman for an organization that promotes the proliferation of guns and gun usage. More guns in society creates more opportunities for guns to end up in the hands of "bad guys," via theft, lost or misplaced guns, whatever. LaPierre's proposal is full of nonsense.
kevin December 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Andrew, i pretty much agree with you here, it seems that you can acknowledge the idea that what was going on then is not happening now when it comes to the "need" for a militia. times change, thats why the constitution is open ended. In a perfect world where no one could get a gun, i say melt them all down, they make me sick. But i know it's not a perfect world, i'm okay with a handgun in the house, or a REASONABLE hunting riffle. but some weapons are unreasonable in my opinion, and if they were my hobby i think i would be okay with saying 'ya know what, these things are killing people every single day, i'll give them up' i even think it might be a good idea for crazy guns to only be owned by gun ranges. Want to occasionally shoot a lot of crap real fast? go rent it at the range, will probably end up cheaper than buying that gun for the amount of times you might actually use it.
Bob December 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Why are there suggestions to had security at each school? Generally speaking, the majority of people who support the NRA are also conservatives who dont want to raise taxes. We cant have national guard or law enforcement in each school without the people paying for it. But that doesnt matter..., what is the point of having false sense of security anyways? Are you going to have a guard in each entrance of a school, or close them all down have one entrance? Are you going to make kids go through TSA type security every morning? None of that crap actually benefits society expect gives us the peace of mind of security. The chances of someone getting killed in a school versus in a movie theatre, home invasion, mall, or walking the streets is the same or less statistically. Should we have security at each movie venue just because there were a handful of situations? Everyone has a higher chance of getting hurt in a car accident on the way to these places. My point is that just because a few horrible events took place throughout the years, doesnt mean that we need to institute the same illogical approach as we do with securing people traveling on airplanes.
Bob December 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Also, what is the irrational escalation of logic with guarding the schools? You start having one guard at the front entrance... then the next killing happens from the back entrance or the next issue is that the killer shoots the guard as he approaches him and just walks into the school... then people will say we need more guards now to protect against that. Or someone kills a bunch of kids outside the school coming off a school bus.... oh now we need armored entrances. The point is that someone will always find a way to hurt people regardless of the sense of security, the issue isnt protection in public places, its bettering the chances of crazy people getting guns
Andrew Starr December 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
My point exactly Bob! It is unrealistic to think that we should have armed guards at every room and TSA pat downs for every child. I’d fight to have the school system dismantled first. This is why a more liberal gun policy should be employed. It is a fact that shooters challenged by an armed citizen are unable to carry out their mass murders…..you just don’t hear about it on the lame stream media. A very reasonable answer is allowing the teachers to be armed, as they are now doing in Texas: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/texas-town-allows-teachers-to-carry-concealed-guns-85346.html We need to resist this attack on our children but the answer certainly isn’t by making us less capable of defending ourselves.
Eugene Gannon December 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I just started a gun violence petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/Q2v3
Becky Evans December 23, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think all of this emphasis on guns to stop people like Adam Lanza is a distraction from the additional, and possibly more important, fact that Lanza had a mental illness that was not properly handled. He wasn't right, and I'm not hearing a lot of discussion about the sorry state of mental health care. This episode in CRHS South involved a boy who obviously needs some attention in that area. Where have the officials been on that one? Who was Adam's mental health care provider and what was being done for him? Who was this 14 yo boy's mental health care provider and what help was he receiving? If they didn't have help, why didn't they have help? The incident in South involved a CHILD. What is the response going to be when an armed guard kills a child with a replica gun? Our municipalities simply cannot afford to place an armed guard in every school. The taxpayers won't put up for long in paying for it. Let's pay for more school Social Workers and Psychologists rather than for people to shot our mentally ill children.
kevin December 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
my point exactly Becky, but you'll just get called a communist for trying to help other people. I hear people tell me everyday how "giving away" health care will be the downfall of this country, and how people should "go earn it" like they did. I know i didn't earn the right to be born in a good neighborhood, with a good school district, and lucky to be mentally healthy.
matplus December 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Actually I think the NRA's suggesting is a good one. The NRA can contribute toward the cost of (2) metal detectors for each school, and a $50 per gun tax, (or more) can fund the cost of security personnell for our nation's schools.
JoeG December 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
You are assuming these armed guards will never suffer from mental illness. If every school had an armed guard, what kind of Physc evaluations and background checks would you need to do. Same thing with arming teachers. All of this would be great until the protectors became the aggressors.
Eugene Gannon December 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
There are a lot of metaphors, cliches and comparisons to other countries going on in this gun violence discussion. I just saw some dog excretement on the the street and my knees jerked. I thought damn those dogs and damn those dog owners. But not all dog owners are irresponsible and the majority do clean up after their dogs. Just like the majority of dog owners are responsible, or our death by gun rate would be even higher than the 20,000. But it is the minority that are killing our children, students, fellow workers, their families and themselves. They are leaving a mess but not all gun owners are to blame or are they? The pooper laws worked to improve our streets the same requirement for dog owners as for gun owners. Gun owners and manufacturers should be made liable for the damage caused by guns. Gun lovers are very vocal and defensive when they think that the big bad government is going to take away their weapons. Besides a gun buy back program there needs to counselling offered. It could be part of an application for a permit to see what it is missing or lacking that requires a gun as a substitute.
Andrew Starr December 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Euge, Your comment makes no sense, I can't figure out what side you're on. Regardless, laws can have a backward effect and when it comes to gun laws it can be a false sense of security. In the Lanza case the LAW blocked him from getting a gun which he then stole. It makes no difference if he stole it from friend or foe, but point being he can get a gun from anywhere. We therefore and wrongly have a false sense of security that crazy people can't and won't get them. But they will and do. I can't tell you if Lanza would have gone to a school knowing that the staff was armed, but I can tell you he would have never made it past the front door....
Cliff Eike December 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Euge: Sarcastically speaking, since America has an obesity problem, I guess you would recommend counseling for anyone who eats, and the banning of knives, forks, and spoons, or how about since there were 32,885 traffic accident deaths in 2010 we ban cars, require counseling for drivers and sue GM or Ford or Toyota every time one of their vehicles kills someone. There are already civil remedies for assualt or murder victims. More laws just make those who wish to restrict freedom anyway feel better about themselves for having "done something." But laws accomplish nothing other than to cause "unintended consequesces" worse than the problem they were enacted to repair. If you doubt me just look at all the damage already created by overregulation and wrong-headed legislation. Thanks for your input but I don't trust the government to protect me, I trust only myself!
Eugene Gannon December 28, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Have you noticed that the majority of these rampage killing were done by white men? What's up with that? If you just got the guns out of the hands of this group it might be a start.
Cliff Eike December 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Geez Euge: Is that the problem in Chicago too where 500 have died so far in 2012, with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, or Philadelphia with 322 dead so far this year, or Camden with 65 fatalities so far? Seems to me most of this carnage isn't perpetrated by caucasians, but by others who seem to have no problems accessing weapons illegally to prove their manhood by gunning down their enemies. Perhaps if these kids believed in a power higher then themselves, or had a moral underpinning from a traditional family where dad was home and had a job, or God and concepts of right and wrong existed in public schools, things would be far different, but sadly until these societal issues are resolved the mayhem will continue.

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