December 21st, 2012
11:12 AM ET
5 years 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. DOG1

    Just when it seemed they would be willing to make some substantive changes in their philosophy it's right back to redirecting that portion of the blame they clearly own. Of course, any reasonable person knows that the NRA and it's mindless support for un-necessarily destructive weapons such as assault rifles are only a part of the problem we face. HOWEVER, they ARE part of the problem and they need to own it. They are a group who, because of their influence with gun owners and manufacturers, could play an extremely important role in trying to fix the problem. Too bad the bottom line for guys like this is still and apparently always will be the money. Do not forget that weapons manufacturing is an extremely lucrative business. For example, their answer is to arm all the teachers, and coincidently sell more guns. Just how much would it cost them to stop selling assault rifles and how does it compare to the lives of those kids? Guess the industry considers them "acceptable losses"!

    December 21, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. B

    Arming teachers with weapons who are not expert marksmen will no doubt result in more casualties due to friendly fire. Society would become like the wild, wild west with everyone instead of packing a six shooter, would be packing semi-automatic pistols.

    December 21, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. A little sad


    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 |

    Actually it's more disgraceful than that. He said no new laws should be considered. He didn't ignore assault rifles, he approved of them.

    December 21, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Kelby in Houston, TX

    then one day the armed guard snaps and starts killing the kids at the school.
    OR one day a kid walks in and kills the armed guard first and then goes on a rampage
    MORE GUNS IS NOT THE SOLUTIONS! you don't fight a fire with fire, you fight it with water!

    December 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Jennifer

    What an utterly insensitive press statement. Is the NRA going to fund the salaries of the armed guards in every school? Is the NRA going to arm these same guards with automatic weapons so they can be potentially equally matched with what anyone can legally purchase at a gun show? how can this man sleep at night after suggesting that the lives of these kids could have been saved if "only there was an armed guard at the school". My thoughts are that if there was an armed guard, the death toll likely would have been one higher.

    December 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Given federal spending in areas such as foreign affairs, "Can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?"
    No. Republicans have already blocked bills to keep police officers, instead of laying them off. Republicans cheered when Mitt Romney said we have too many police officers. Republicans oppose tax increases to pay for the extra officers, which would go well above and beyond the manpower required for normal day to day operations. "Guns Over People"

    December 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. sonny chapman

    It's the Media, it's Hollywood, it ain't us. Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People. No, it's bullets flying at of guns at the rate of 100 rounds per minute that 's got everybody saying , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Don't try to play the shell game this time Mr. LaPierre, you who LIED to America on "Meet The Press" in 1994 when you showed the TV audience two targets with single bullet holes. One from a single shot rifle & the other from an Assault Rifle & said there was no difference between the two. Give me that Assault Rifle for one minute & I'll show America the difference; and it will be the Truth, not your LIE .

    December 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Joe

    Do Canadians or Europeans play the same kind of video games and watch same kind of movies as Americans? How came they don't shoot each other as much?

    December 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Jennifer

    Is the NRA going to fund the salaries of the armed guards in every school? Is the NRA going to arm these same guards with automatic weapons so they can be potentially equally matched with what anyone can legally purchase at a gun show?

    December 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. gregp228

    All of these psychopaths have one thing in common. They are cowards. At the first sign of armed resistance (the police pull in the parking lot) they kill themselves or surrender. They go after the weakest and least protected in our society. They want to live out their violent fantasy but are too afraid to go toe to toe in a real shoot out. Real pain and injury still scares the crap out of them. Here's how you solve this. No easy targets. Think air marshals, no more planes hijacked with box cutters. Instead people are now pushing to turn the whole country into a 'gun free zone'.

    December 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Law Abiding Citizen

    Even an armed police officer at the school might not have saved the kids. He just would have been the first one targeted. He might have bought some time or maybe even taken the insane guy down but that is not guaranteed. Liberals want guarantees when none are possible. They have no problem with infringing on the rights of 350 million people because of the act of one insane person.

    The fact is that the guy already violated many many existing laws. Taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens has no affect on insane people hellbent on killing people, except to make them even easier targets. The only thing that migh tmake a difference is a full gun ban along with confiscation of all weapons in private hands. That is what the liberals are really after and plan on getting there one step at a time.

    December 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. willmuny

    What LaPierre is not understanding is that with all his security staff present, two protesters were able to infiltrate the press conference. Fortunately for him, they only had banners and not guns!

    December 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Tony

    Hire more security guards!!! Arming teachers is not a good idea. It would cost money too. We would need to buy guns for teachers. We would need to train them to use guns. We would need to keep guns out of students' hands. Remember, kids get into fights in schools. Do we want kids fighting with guns in schools?

    December 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Steve, New York City

    Mr. LaPierre – I've got a much better idea. How about closing ALL LOOPHOLES that allow purchases at gun shows w/o background checks, and restricting the sale of automatic weapons to military and law enforcement personnel. If people maniacally want to own these, they'd have to join the military or law enforcement. That would mean civilians would be limited to semi-automatic weapons at most. No one is perturbed by decent, law-abiding legal gun owners – but under your system, the criminally insane and other dangerous elements are murdering our children.

    December 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |

    Your plan sucks Wayne!!!

    December 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Ladigo

    So movies and video games are the cause of the violence?

    And yet Canadians watch the same movies and play the same games without butchering one another.

    December 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Goodbye 2nd amendment

    I'm 20 years old, why is everyone worried about guns? Guns don't load themselves, and it takes somebody to pull the trigger for the gun to fire. People kill other people, guns don't kill people. Let's ban cars because people can kill or be killed with cars, ban alcohol because that kills people- either medical problems or drunk driving. Pharmaceuticals that people O/D on, let's ban those too. Ban all house cleaners and paint because its deadly. It's our right too defend ourselves from tyranny.

    December 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Who is going to pay for all these school armed guards? Is the NRA willing to accept a tax on guns and assault rifles to pay for the armed guards? Since GOP/Tea Party fiscal conservatives are against any new taxes, will hundred of thousands of teachers be laid off to hire armed guards?

    December 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. al in memphis

    Let's see–arm the schools, bus drivers, coaches, referees, band director, the parking lot attendants, and any other places where their might be a mass gathering of people. Looks like we are returning to the days of the wild, wild west.

    The freedoms we have belong to people who also hold responsibility and accountability to the highest standard. The freedom of speech and expression also comes with the responsibility not to put out violence that lowers the value of human life. We are desensitizes to violence to the point it nothing more than a dot on the screen. How is that entertainment– I guess mankind has not really change much from the days of feed people to the lions for sports.

    December 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. ART

    I totally agree and why stop there, I say as soon as a todler can walk we should take them to a gun range and teach them how to shoot, and on the first day of 1st grade a gun should be given to that child as a gift. GUNs for everone, if you think you are going to get me first no way i'll just fire as a preemtive measure and America will be a much better and safer place. Really what is wrong with these people, they just do not get it.

    December 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Thanks, NRA – How about you foot the bill!! !

    December 21, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Dann

    I've often thought a policeman with a pistol was an excellent and reliable deterrent to a mad man with an assault rifle.

    December 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Pepe Santos

    We protect banks with armed guards, we protect malls with armed guards, we protect sports arenas with armed guards. But we area mandated by law to not protect our schools as we protect our money, our shopping, and our sports. Using unarmed women to protect our children from armed criminals is not working. We have 20,000 gun laws right now. Criminals do not follow them – only law-abiding citizens will be disarmed.

    Children are being sent to schools in "Gun-free Zones" – but in actual fact, these are "Defenseless Victim Zones". Don't children deserve the same level of protection as your bank account and the local Walmart?

    December 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Jim Doyle

    While the Connecticut shooting is the one everyone's reacting to right now, there have been other mass shootings over the years at Movie Theaters, sprawling college campuses with several buildings, shopping malls, and on and on. So is Mr. La Pierre suggesting that we have armed security guards everywhere we go? There have even been shootings in churches. Should we have armed security guards in churches? The NRA wants us living in some kind of nightmare world with armed guards everywhere. This guy's a joke. A very sad joke.

    December 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. California Gary

    Sure, lets "gun up" at the schools. Why stop with an armed guard (he is likely to be out gunned by anyone planning an assault on the school), better to set up a machine gun nest by the front door.......maybe a few snipers on the roof. Add a few claymore mines and we now have a secure environment. Has it really come to this? I get a kick out of the GOP that is out there saying we need to focus on better mental health care, not guns. These are the same folks making mental health care harder to get by cutting government health plans and resisting the affordable care act. How exactly are these people supposed to get the mental health care they need?

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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