December 21st, 2012
11:12 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA: Gun bans at schools create dangerous places

(CNN) – The National Rifle Association is grieving the lives lost in last week's school shooting in Connecticut, but it is no-weapons policies at schools that put children's lives at risk, the group's executive director said Friday.

Wayne LaPierre spoke to reporters in an appearance that was interrupted twice by protesters shouting anti-NRA slogans and bearing banners in front of his podium, including one that said, "NRA killing our kids."

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  1. Malory Archer

    it must be said

    I'll bet that all of the six adults killed and their families and the families of the kids wish they had a gun and training a week ago. They would now be hailed as heroes instead of being mourned as victims. Those on the left seem to prefer the victim scenarios. Very sad.

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    If no law enforcement or military were ever killed in the line of duty you might have a point. That they DO get killed/injured in the line of duty invalidates your statements. What's REALLY sad is that you attempt to smear "the left" anytime gun violence takes an innocent life.

    December 21, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. GuestAgain

    As I stated yesterday, let the states decide. If the blue states dont want to protect their citizens it's on them. Additionally, lets more effectively allocate police and security resources that already exist. There are a number of plausible and viable solutions that dont require us to wipe our butt with the constitution.

    December 21, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Jerry M. Ing

    So, having armed guards are going to protect our schools? What would happen if the kids stormed the guard making $10/hour. The guard would kill kids or the kids would get a hold of the gun.
    Adam Larza already knew how to get past the security the school set up. Don't you think it would have been easy for him to shoot the guard(s) from a stealth position, or approached the school with bullet proof vests?

    December 21, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Tony

    Pepe Santos, there is no law that says we don't protect schools with armed guards. Gun-free zones do not mean that security guards are unarmed. True, criminals don't follow gun laws. That does not mean that we don't need gun laws. Just because murders still occur does not mean that we get rid of the laws banning murders. The laws we have right now are not strong enough. We need stronger laws.

    December 21, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I think we just need to take a page out of Han Solo's book of spaceship defense. Remember that automatic repeating blaster that appeared out of belly turret of the Falcon to shoot the Imperials? Just install a few of those hidden babies around the protected premises. Add a guy watching video screens, trained like a remote drone operator to run it all. Just like a video game.

    December 21, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. ArmyVet

    Arm security should have been implemented in schools after the Columbine shooting. Lapierre good points and great direction. In an extremely violent American society,security is a must!

    December 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. ST

    This man wasted time of anyone who listened to him even for that of the protester. Having schools armed or take any other measure is not his job. His job was to talk what his organisation has to do in order to cut off arms. His organisation is not going to send guards to schools! I found his speech was just only dodging the real issue of how to tackle it. He could had continued being quiet as he has been since the tragedy happened. His speech was helpless. What a nut?

    December 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Andre Ransom

    The NRA statement and solution to the gun problem shows how out of touch they are!

    December 21, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Andre Ransom

    The NRA statement and solution to the gun problem shows how out of touch they are!
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    Unh. I think it shows just how greedy they really are. They are not out of touch at all. How else would they be able to have their finger on the pulse and mood of the suckers who buy up all of the stuff that they'll never use? I think they understand fear and fear mongering quite well. They've created a perpetual paranoia machine that just keeps growing and growing.

    December 21, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. T

    In the City of London, the Police don't even have to carry a gun in order to carry out thier duty.

    It is only in USA that people need to have BushMaster with 90 rounds of amonitions – that can be discharge at once within few minutes in order to feel safe. This is insane....Totally insane.

    I don't know how many people need assault weapons with 90 round for hunting!

    December 21, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    columbine high school where thoses young men team up and decide to shoot and kill those people in class that was so sad and my heart and prayers went out to all those families involved now at the dark shooting in colorado people was,my prayers went out to those families now these sweet angles and aduts was kill in another shooting in conn how can the people in high authority can prevent this from happen again

    December 21, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. rwb1956

    Anybody expect anything different from the NRA?

    December 21, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. badman400

    "Malory Archer
    it must be said

    I'll bet that all of the six adults killed and their families and the families of the kids wish they had a gun and training a week ago. They would now be hailed as heroes instead of being mourned as victims. Those on the left seem to prefer the victim scenarios. Very sad.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If no law enforcement or military were ever killed in the line of duty you might have a point. That they DO get killed/injured in the line of duty invalidates your statements. What's REALLY sad is that you attempt to smear "the left" anytime gun violence takes an innocent life."

    Just because some armed soldiers die trying to defend, does NOT invalidate this perfectly reasonable comment. Some or all may have died anyway. There are no guarantees even if an armed guard is in play, but the odds are much better for the survival of would be victims if there is an armed guard present, versus none. Only a fool would disagree with this point.

    December 21, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. myviewis

    Why are Democrats against having full-time police officers in the schools??????????? Democrats want to convince society that if guns were outlawed everything would be fine, we would not be in danger but a police officer who represents safety seems to represent a threat to Democrats. Why?????????????

    December 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Thomas

    I'm actually surprised that LaPierre didn't also advocate arming elementary school children. After all an armed teacher or principal might conceivably become deranged and use their weapon(s) against their students. The schools could even provide combat training for the children.Why should age be a limiting factor. This is the logical extension of the NRA madness in fostering the continuing arms race. Their lobby has absolutely nothing to do with freedom or the Second Amendment. It's all about big business and helping the bottom line of the gun manufactures as well as their own survival. All at the cost of tens of thousands of lives most of which don't make headlines. The supine elected officials, bullied by the fear of losing elections, have allowed this to continue too long.

    December 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. HAZ

    I have just a quick question for all the you geniuses you say that guns should be band and everyone else is out of touch. Do you really think violance ends because you get rid of guns in the hands who normally obay the law anyway? So next someone goes in with a couple of nail bombs and kills 15 people are we going to ban harware stores and house hold chemicals? Violence does not stop just becuase someone bans an object that can't on its own hurt anyone, it requires soomeone to use it. When bad things happen we all want someone or something to blame, blame the person who comitted the act and maybe we should look a bit more into issues in our society that are creating these people to begin with. But what is going to happen is going to happen, just remember one thing when you give up more control over your life to government you will never get it back and like all power grabs there will buyer remorse.

    December 21, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Perry

    Reduction ad absurdum time I think...

    For every utterance of the word "gun" in the NRA argument – replace it with "nuclear warhead".

    The argument is still the same – it's just that the weapons are bigger.

    Would they – if asked – suggest that every country has access, to defend themselves from the "bad man"?

    Somehow... I doubt it...

    December 21, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, he thinks that just because two people have guns they will counter each other? Really, that doesn't work because there are more factors than just the weapon that they have in hand.

    December 21, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Russ

    Too bad so many people are running on emotions rather than thinking the whole issue through. There are many aspects to the shootings that go on in schools, malls, etc. The proper leadership of an investigation and action on those results need to be passed, but alas the public moves on emotions and government officials react the same way. Try to keep in mind the voilence that comes in many other varieties that could be used in the same instances (no examples given for those that cannot think of them on your own). Yes the killing is senseless, but treating the root of the problem is the key. Keeping the weapons (of any kinds) secure from people that should not have access is important. Dealing with the mental health issues is improtant too!!! I do not mean to lock them up, but to give them the help they need to live as healthy of a life as they can.
    We all have a part in this, not just our government, granted they are the ones paid the big bucks to keep their heads. Gun control, fiscal cliff, spending taxes, etc. The government is supposed to provide proper leadership without regulating us all to death, unless you want worse conditions (see other countries that do to an extreme what some of the public wants).
    Take responsibility and take proper action, voters, Americans, . .

    December 21, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Wilson

    @Rudy NYC

    I think we just need to take a page out of Han Solo's book of spaceship defense. Remember that automatic repeating blaster that appeared out of belly turret of the Falcon to shoot the Imperials? Just install a few of those hidden babies around the protected premises. Add a guy watching video screens, trained like a remote drone operator to run it all. Just like a video game.
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    Not a bad idea.

    December 21, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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