NRA Calls for 'Armed Security' Around Schools

"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 Friday morning press conference, the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., 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 Barack Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action. Virginia's Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat with an 'A' rating from the NRA, has called the massacre a "game changer" and begun advocating for stricter gun laws. And Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., introduced five gun reform safety measures that he said had significant support among NRA members.

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.

Soon afterward, Moran issued a statement calling the press conference "appalling," and saying, "Even more firearms are not the solution to reducing gun violence."

"Preventing gun-related massacres, like what occurred at Virginia Tech and in Newtown, Connecticut, requires a comprehensive approach that includes tackling mental health issues, looking at ways to better secure our schools, and changing our culture of violence," Moran said in the statement.

"But perhaps more importantly, it means tackling the gun epidemic in this country with sensible gun safety reforms. The NRA attempted to completely shirk their responsibility to that key piece of this puzzle. It was galling, and an overreach, and it may well backfire on them as the public reviews LaPierre’s statements.”

More on the NRA and guns in schools in Virginia

Marshall: Some School Staff should Carry Guns

Sen. Warner: Newtown a 'Game Changer' on Guns

Speak Out: Should Teachers Be Armed?

Arlington Patch Editor Jason Spencer contributed to this report.

Jim Daniels December 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM
""To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws."" - John Adams
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Mary, then I insist you delete the comment to which I was replying, which specifically brought up the race ("all those angry white guys bearing arms") of our country's founders as ostensibly relevant to the discussion.
DGeorge December 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Tsk, tsk Martin. You show that you are not an NRA member, or a hunter, or for that matter a person with even a meager understanding of firearms. "........small clip shotgun...." That statement Martin, is laughable in the extreme. Like another on this forum you have shown your colors.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
There are the voices which say that guns are not the answer to gun violence, and they wish to remove as many guns from the equation as possible. One can easily embarass them by pointing out that their plan to do so involves bringing more guns to bear on the situation--to be exact, that they would deploy more government guns against those in the population possessing them, to force the turnover of said guns in civilian hands! In the same way, those who argue that more guns are not the answer to situations like the horrible Newtown massacre, etc., can never answer you when you ask them why they would never renounce calling 911 in such an emergency, and summoning more guns to the scene. The problem is not guns in themselves.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
It is the question of who has them, and the character of those who have them. Power corrupts; absolute power (guns only in the hands of government), over time, corrupts absolutely.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I caught that, too. Pretty transparent frauds, these leftists.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
That doesn't go counter to anything I've said or posted, unless said laws are found to be unjust, which our founders knew full well (and said often) can sometimes be the case.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Mary? Is there any integrity among the editors of Patch?
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
"The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered the palladium of the liberties of the republic, since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers, and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." Joseph Story (1779-1845) U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1811-1845. His Dad was one of the Sons of Liberty who took part in the Boston Tea Party and fought at Lexington & Concord in 1775. The above quote was from 1833.
Jonathan Erickson December 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Gibberish and nothing construtive equals blather!
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
"All persons shall bear arms, and every male person shall have in continual readiness a good musket or other gun, fit for service." Connecticut Gun Code of 1650
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
"The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States....Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America" Gazette of the United States October 14, 1789
DGeorge December 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Well Jonathan, lets hear something constructive from you. How will you stop the possible copycat killer that may strike this January when the kids return to school? We have already had a possible copycat in Calif caught before he could act.
Mary Stachyra Lopez December 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Don, Read Martin's comment again. There is no comparison between what you said and what he said. He referred to "angry white guys bearing arms" repressing "slave rebellions." I'm not going to repeat the terms you used to refer to other races. Nor am I going to spend all day arguing with you. This is my last post on the subject.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:06 PM
"To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them..." Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), Additional Letters From The Federal Farmer, 1788
Jonathan Erickson December 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
My thoughts are the same as my brother in law J. Brewer.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
"While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny." Rev. Nicholas Collin, Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789 Episcopal pastor, friend of Benjamin Franklin
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
"I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Political and Spiritual Leader of India
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible." Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Know Your Lawmakers, Guns, Feb. 1960, p. 4
Wildermann December 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
You guys are the fakers here. I have 2 bolt action shotguns that are clip fed ( 2 shells in the clip and one in the chamber) and two that are pump shotguns with plugs limiting their capacity to 3 shells. You guys are the transparent frauds in your typical failed effort to discredit someone with whom you disagree by making completely false statements about them for which you have no knowledge. Your in a similar bubble like those jokers in the Romney campaign believing their own made up crap and expecting to win. Your bubble has been losing air over the past couple of mass shootings. Get over the shock and move onto something constructive. I've been hunting since 1959 and have mostly older, inherited guns from a grandfather and father. They still work, they still shoot game and I make no apologies for my "meager understanding" compared to your feigned superior knowledge of firearms. Is that the best either of you have? When I WAS in the NRA I didn't encounter the kind of snarky comments you guys exhibit. I left the NRA when they changed from a gun owners organization into gun lobbyists. Adding a leftist designation as well, I guess you couldn't help yourself there. Now that's an original from the conservative game book if ever there was one. All you've got is anachronistic quotes about gun rights from so called "founding fathers" that have no relevance to contemporary American life. Your statements are akin to arguing the Ptolemaic System 200 years after Galileo.
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
"...By calling attention to a well-regulated militia for the security of the Nation, and the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fear of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the Second Amendment, will ever be an important danger to our Nation, the Amendment remains an important declaration of our basic military-civilian relationship, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important." President John F. Kennedy
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying -- that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, and the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 -- establishes the repeated, complete, and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime." Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Subcomittee on the Constitution (The Making of America, p.695)
Don Joy December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
"To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege." Arkansas Supreme Court Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, 560, 1878
Jonathan Erickson December 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Well said Martin!
GetReal December 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
In the concept of a gunshot wound held by most individuals, the bullet goes through the person like a drill bit through wood, 'drilling' a neat hole through structures it passes through. However, this concept is erroneous. As a bullet moves through the body, it imparts kinetic energy to the surrounding tissue, flinging it away form the bullet’s path in a radial manner (direction) and producing a temporary cavity considerably larger than the diameter of the bullet. The size and the shape of the temporary cavity depend on the amount of kinetic energy lost by the bullet in its path through the tissue, how rapidly the energy is lost, and the elasticity and cohesiveness of the tissue. The maximum volume and diameter of this cavity are many times the volume and diameter of the bullet. Maximum expansion of the cavity does not occur until some time after the bullet has passed through the target. The temporary cavity phenomenon is significant because it has been found to be the most important factor in determining the extent of the wounding in an individual in regard to the interaction of a bullet with the body. In the case of low-velocity missiles, e.g., pistol bullets, the bullet produces a direct path of destruction with very little lateral extension within the surrounding tissues. Only a small temporary cavity is produced.
Jonathan Erickson December 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
So shoot them more then once to be sure!
Beck Lomax December 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I think there is sufficient reason to suspect that "Don Joy" and several others in this forum on both sides of the issue are agents provocateur intended to keep us hooked to the site with vitriol, bombastic words, and untempered offal spewing from the keyboard. If that is the case, shame on you Patch and shame on all of use for coming back to this thread like a dog coming back to its vomit.
Don Joy December 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
So basically you join with your fellow leftists and argue against protecting our schollchildren with armed guards, is that correct? Better to call the police and have them be enroute to the scene for 20 minutes or so, while a shooter guns down whoever, than to have someone already in place there to deter or meet the threat with countervailing force, right?
Don Joy December 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Mary, Martin's enitre comment was a screed against white men, depicting our country's founding principles as cynically having nothing to do with liberty and justice for all, but rather just one big sham orchestrated by whitey to keep non-whites down. I'm sick of this endless crap, but seeing as many people have been taught this in the public schools and fed it by the media all their lives, of course they are going to post it everywhere, and people like you are going to make sure noone gets away with posting a lively rebuttal.
Don Joy December 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
So basically, Mary, posters on Patch can say derogatory things about white males, no problem, but in reply one cannot frankly describe the attitudes of that era about racial issues, because that wouldn't be politically correct. Congratulations on being just another example of journalistic cowardice and the left-wing agenda. Oh, I'm sure you'll deny my characterization of your operation and methods and views, because you've never really examined your own brainwashed anti-white position. You think it is your job to keep some people from being offended, right? Shame on you. You censor what I believe to be the truth(which included some irrefutable facts) about the historical context of the racial issue, just because it inflames some people's sensitivities. The whole point of journalism is to get things into circulation which provoke thought and discussion and possibly even action, particularly when they arouse sensitivities, with an eye toward exposing and correcting falsehood. My use of what I believe to be accurate descriptive language about how Europeans viewed Africans and so-called native Americans was TRUTHFUL regarding the era of several hundred years ago--what is your problem with allowing light to be thrown onto a controversial topic? Political correctness is cancer. Shame on you.


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