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. Over the hill

    As expected, the NRA tries to blame anyone and everyone except their own policies. Arm the teachers? Say that if the principle had been holding a gun if would have saved the children? This takes alot of nerve and alot of denial on their.

    December 21, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "LaPierre added that violent crime is increasing in the U.S. due to a lack of willing to prosecute such acts."

    It's a bit hard to prosecute suicides ... them being dead and all. I'm going more for the lets keep guns out of the hands of those folks not mentally, emotionally, or responsibly fit to handle such an awesome killing machine.

    That ... um ... innate item you are so intent on protecting: that gun that don't kill.

    December 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Tom

    This is their big idea!!

    December 21, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. wwf

    I agree with some things. Video games, etc. However, dam if I want a teacher being allowed to carry a gun in the classroom. That is the most insane comment I have every heard. Look which party is saying that. You are no different than the games, movies, etc. putting $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ over common sense and children's safety. If people want to carry and shoot an assault rifle, let them join the military. Then they do not have to pretend.

    December 21, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Mike

    I really hope this post isn't the entirety of the content of the NRA's press event. They completely dodged the issue of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Disgraceful.

    December 21, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. concerned citizen

    Isn't it convenient that ALL news channels stopped feed on the live NRA conference, maybe because big brother doesn't want us to agree that we need guns!

    December 21, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Name lynn

    everyone is talking about the conn shooting no one seen this coming but the lord and adam and his friend the devil its soo sad thoses lil angles didnt do no harm to adam but adam did harm to them what can the people in high authority do not to let this shooting happen again

    December 21, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. KLARGAR

    Thats right Wayne blame it on any thing else but the huge proliferation of guns in our society. You are as responsible for the deaths of each and every one killed in Aurora, UV and Newtown , the blood is on your hands you repulsive pig. Thats right we need armed guards in all of our schools to protect our children from the madmen who have access to high power high capacity arms. The sheer amount of weapons flowing into our country due to your lobby is killing our children. I hope a gun in the hands of a madman takes the life of someone close to you Wayne.

    December 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Buc

    I thought the NRA was going to add something meaning to the debate. Instead we got the usual blame it on the government speech. The NRA has abused the 2nd admendment, forgetting the part about being well regulated.

    December 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Just Saying

    violent games + violent movie + lack of supervision + easy access to assault weapons = continues recipes for disaster

    December 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Kevin

    Aside from the crocodile tears, what did the NRA offer?

    Just more death, more weapons, more gun sales.

    The NRA has alienated gun owners like me. They'll never get a penny from me.

    December 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Namesally

    Watching the nra propoganda news conference. Absolutely sick that they don't understand the importance of this: 20 CHILDREN have been killed. What will it take for gun owners to agree to changes?? Guns did NOT belong in elementary schools. What next? Guns in daycare?? Guns are used to kill – period. If guns go into my kids school I will home school them to keep them safe.

    December 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    The NRA is disgusting! All they want is more $ to line their pockets!

    December 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. TheVoice2

    So their solution to the problem is "more guns". The NRA is a dispicable organization. Not suprised of their low moral compass.

    December 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. k.

    Arm teachers instead of keep guns out of civilians hands? Is that what we were waiting to hear from NRA?

    December 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. gcolon87

    Only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Stop blaming the tools and blame the persons using the tool. A change in gun laws will only result in more innocent people being killed.

    December 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. beevee

    People who support gun ownership and who own lethal guns other than that could be used for sports hunting need their heads examined. Why does any one need to have mass killing rifles when you are living in a civil society? The easy accessibility of guns by every one should be banned. All the argument about their use for self defense is a bunch of crock. Guns should only be allowed to be in possession of law enforcement persons. The NRA should be banned.

    December 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. jorge washinsen

    Would anyone want any poster here to safe guard your children.Someone left the gate open.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. nadine hogan

    They must be stopped. They are as sick as one can get. So they basically sold their weapons on National TV. My god they need to be held responsible just for doing that. They have absolutely no shame. More guns is basically their idea? I sure as heck hope someone is going to make a statement in response to their nonsense.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. jorge washinsen

    That figures. Hired holiday help gets to form opinion.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. vertigomonkey

    When it comes down to it, gun violence is caused by someone with malicious intent. Blaming the media is a weak excuse. Yes, children are exposed to things they should not be, but it is the role of the parent to intervene and either prevent them from being exposed without being mature enough to properly process what they see or to lay the groundwork for strong morals. If the parents of these murders had been more present and addresses the problems they saw, these poor lost souls would still be with us today.

    Become active in your child's life today, monitor what they take in, and try to be there for them when they need help, whether they ask for it or not.

    December 21, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Rick 7809

    So his answer is our children will be safer with more guns in schools and he expects the Federal Government to pay for more police officers. I will be the rethuglican party will jump on that one. They want to see a bunch more public employees with the appropriate salaries, pensions and healthcare benefits. And by the way, they will probably be union members. What a great idea!!! But wait, how do you do that and cut federal spending and reduce the size of government at the same time?

    December 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Doug Mielke

    For an organization famous for "from my cold dead hands" and intense Washington lobbying to say "huh? Us? He'll no! This has nothing to do with our organization, policies or attitudes" is outrageous.

    Then trying to deflect blame in a time of sorrow just furthers indicates they don't get it.

    December 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. rich

    so it's ok if people are shot at shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship, etc.? Or is the NRA going to suggest we put aremed guards in each and every building int he USA? How about we get rid of the guns instead.

    December 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. PM

    Oh how intelligent and smart, I am glad we waited so long for their "big" and "meaningful" idea!
    So someone please help me understand – put a security guard. Thats it ? Put a security guard everywhere ? at schools ? malls ? theatres ? colleges ? parks ? gas stations ? grocery stores ? bathrooms ?
    Brilliant!

    December 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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