December 21st, 2012
11:12 AM ET
2 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. Kr55

    Wow, NRA answer is more guns? Who ever would have guessed that considering their top people make more money the more guns that get sold. Mindblowing.

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Ed

    Sigh.

    I am all for the right to keep and bear arms. Armed security at schools? There's a form of that I could live with. Fewer violent films and video games? I can support that 100%.

    But the right thing for the NRA to have said, if money wasn't such a huge driving force for the gun lobby – a ban on armor piercing bullets, a ban on high capacity magazines, and stricter requirements for registration.

    Such a polarizing view. When all is said and done, the NRA has taken cowardly and disgraceful position.

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Jeanine

    Let LaPierre's child get shot to death at school and see how he reacts. Senseless irresponsiblity and godless barbarism on his part to reject much needed reform

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. BobInIrvine

    Really, NRA? Really?

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Darkwatch

    That won't work, here in Puerto Rico we have state policemen in the schools but murders still occur. In some of them.

    December 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Lars

    The NRA has once again proved its incredibly inane ability for being a black hole of common sense.

    God help us all.

    December 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. stupid says

    Why not come up with a anti violence education campaign instead. This would show your organization as least being proactive. I swear Obama was wrongly named man of year by Time Magazine. Time should have named the narrow minded white republican male (not all but guys like Wayne LaPierre) for man of the year based on the consistent stupidity they have been so willing to put on public display in 2012. Gees whiz, NRA stop being so dumb. Heck i'm about as liberal as they come and support the rights of gun owners but we seriously need to have a huge conversation on violence and the effects thereof.

    December 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. CR

    If LaPierre wants funding for armed guards at every public school in America, why doesn't he advocate that every firearm and ammunition purchase be HEAVILY taxed, the proceeds of which would go to this so-called solution? Funny how all these "get the government off my back" types want the government to swoop in with resources when THEY feel the need! I'm sure the NRA would be the first to say that freedoms aren't free. If an individual wants to own a gun, he/she has that right, but he/she also needs to understand the consequences.

    December 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Met

    What is this country coming to? Armed guards in the schools? Really?? Just keep egging those lunatics on, is that it? Sooooo sad.

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Scotch3

    Why don't these extreme gun rights advocates ever ask themselves why America alone among Western advanced nations even NEEDS to consider the option of putting an armed police offer at every elementary school in the country? Why don't they ever ask why the US alone among these nations experience mass shootings with such greater frequency than everyone else?

    Other comparable countries - Canada, the UK, Australia, NZ, Germany, France, etc. - have precisely the same access as the US to violent video games, violent Hollywood movies, secularism, "liberalism", and all the other red herrings that these folks try to put the blame on whenever (yet) another mass shooting takes place. What these other nations DON'T have is the US's ludicrously lax system of gun "control" or the US's adolescent gun-fetishizing culture or Wild West yippee-ki-yay cowboy mentality.

    Fix those two things - join the rest of the grown up world - and the frequency of these horrific shootings will no doubt drop.

    Or, you could post an officer with a Glock at the door of every school in the country, and the next Adam Lanza will just show up in (legally purchased) ballistic armor and a grenade launcher.

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. A little sad

    Putting police into every one of those 100,000+ schools in the US?

    Gee, will the NRA now put money into the campaign coffers of those republicans who vote for this expansion of the government and vote to fund it?

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. sksastry

    NRA said what everybody knew they would. When will the NRA learn that violence cannot be dealt with violence. GUNS in schools is the absolute worst idea any one could have come up with. Next they are going to tell, carry guns to religious places tooo!!!!!

    Stop this mayhem

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. GuestAgain

    Less than 2% of gun crimes commited with assault weapons, take off your liberal blinders please.

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Rob

    When I heard that the NRA was going to make a big announcement, in a moment of pollyanna self-delusion I thought they might actually change their position and support a ban on assault weapons. I should have known they would hew to their surrealistic denial of reality! Their solution, armed guards in schools, sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit, too outlandish to be believable. "Let's put armed guards in every school. No, wait, let's give each armed guard two guns, so the kids will be doubly safe. No, wait, let's give each guard three guns to be triple safe. And while we're at it, why not arm the kids too?" But seriously folks, does anyone really think that having an armed guard or two somewhere on the school grounds will stop a suicidal maniac with an assault weapon (or three) in time to prevent a massacre? An AK-47 on semi-automatic can fire 40 rounds a minute. Does the NRA really expect us to believe that an armed security guard can get from the toilet or wherever he/she is in time to stop someone who's entered a classroom and is pulling the trigger? The NRA is delusional.

    December 21, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Disenchanted

    Armed guards in every school. Fantastic idea. Let's not stop there. How about every movie theater; every shopping mall; every church; every street corner; every home? Is the NRA really advocating freedom? It seems that the NRA is actually promoting the police state that many proponents, of the Second Amendment, fear.

    December 21, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Dale

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally a spark of sanity !!! Protect our children as we protect everyone else.

    December 21, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. jane

    That LaPierre creature is a classic example of the kind of mentally ill idiot who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a gun. Kind of ironic. Another thought: If only Adam Lanza's mother had access to legally acquired guns to protect herself....oh...wait.

    December 21, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. wgf

    Everyone who tries to solve this problem by arming more people in school makes the following assumptions:

    1) That an armed guard would be able to out-gun an intruder who has planned an attack in advance. Unless the guard has his gun out and pointed at everyone who enters the school, he will be on the losing end of that encounter. School entrances would have to be like Iraqi checkpoints during the war in order to be successful.

    2) No one is ever going to mishandle their weapon, leave their weapon unattended, grant access to their weapon to someone who shoudln't have it, or otherwise just do something stupid. You'd have to have a 100% success rate - which in unrealistic. How many schools are their in the country ? There has to be tens of thousands.

    December 21, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Ztom

    Appropriate money to put armed guards in each school? This guy is just another liberal. Only thinking spend spend spend. Why doesn't he pay for it himself?

    December 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. John

    Thank you, Mr. LaPierre, for being a voice of reason.

    December 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. menisino

    David Frum is right. Its time for all the women thruout the states to aggressively take the led against the NRA..just like MADD against drunk driving.Take the led in every single area where u have gutless politicians like Harry Reid. Eliminate these gutless cowards & the NRA from the political scene.It can & should be done.

    December 21, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Mary

    LaPierre basically stated that the NRA would form a paramilitary group to guard schools. As taxpayers, we fund police forces. We do not need an NRA army that considers itself subject to no laws but the rules and dangerous philosophy of the NRA.

    December 21, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. aburgos

    NRA, put your money where your mouth is. I agree put security guards at school, but let NRA pay for it. Instead of giving that money to corrupted politician give it to our childrens. Please NRA show us how much you care.

    December 21, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. DWB

    What about Fort Hood? Shooter was surrounded by trained soldiers with guns-yet people were killed and the shooter is still alive. More guns is not the answer

    December 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Donna

    Met
    What is this country coming to? Armed guards in the schools? Really?? Just keep egging those lunatics on, is that it? Sooooo sad.
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    Where have YOU been???!!! There are armed guards in MANY schools, mostly in the inner cities. Might want to look it up and see how much violence those schools have.

    December 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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