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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    LaPierre knows. He sold his soul to gun manufacturers. What else did anyone expect him to say"

    December 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Linda

    Yes I agree put armed guards at each school, it will not only protect our children but created jobs, but asking our teachers to carry guns is stupid....they are their to teach and the republicans already want to cut their pay and now they want to put guns in their hands and tell them to protect and defend our children as well......then they better get a hell of a good pay raise and I know Oklahoma is already paying our teachers the lowest in the country......also they better start doing some better back ground checks on our teachers because here in Oklahoma we have had our share of sexual abuse created by teachers and I sure don't want these teachers carrying guns.....I agree that if you want to own guns to protect your home and family that is great, I have a gun myself, but assult weapons and the clips that can carry enough ammo to kill massive amounts of human beings needs to be outlawed.

    December 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Mike

    I did not take long for LaPierre to use the tragic death of children and teachers in Newtown Conn. to set up the tactical agenda of the NRA. Including a complete kit of all the tools, training and personnel to secure all schools in the U.S. and world wide. Did the NRA come up with this plan in a "week" or was it already on the table waiting for the right time to hang it out. His statements made it apparent that the U.S. has a serious problem with gun control. Is this the way to handle it? Is the NRA saying the only way to cure the problem is to set up a private NRA controlled Army to fire back?

    December 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Why don't we just make the US a military state where there are guns "protecting" us at every corner. I am sure North Korea and Hitler and the Nazis would be proud and would be laughing their behinds off at us!
    This lapierre needs to go crawl under some slimy rock with his gun inhis cold dead hands.
    This is what they waited for for a week? Better to keep silent anoles!

    December 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "join the rest of the grown up world – and the frequency of these horrific shootings will no doubt drop."

    Indeed. Ausrtalia enacted its laws in 1996. The 18 years prior to that saw them suffer 13 mass shootings. The 16 years since? ZERO.

    December 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Pepe Santos

    As long as children are unprotected, insane people will obtain weapons and kill them in schools. Schools are a paradise for lunatic killers because they have two things (1) the most precious resource, and (2) no method of protection, mandated by law. Let's remove armed security from courthouses, federal buildings and sports arenas and see what happens.

    Think about this: If Adam Lanza had known an armed guard was at the door would he have gone in? If trained and armed security was at that school, would the female Principal have lunged at the shooter? Would 26 kids have died? If it would have made no difference, then why do we have armed guards everywhere BUT schools?

    December 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Name Jackleand

    NRA, I guess you forgot to check with all those Republican governors, who for the pass eight years have cut their budget and caused more lay-off of law enforcement personnel throught this country.

    December 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Meg

    Armed guards at schools? To protect against LEGAL assault weapons? Approximately 10% of the population suffers from some sort of mental illness at one time or another. How are we going to know these minimally paid armed guards are not some of them? This is ridiculous. We had a national ban against assault weapons until 2004 when Bush let that ban expire. We need to reinstate it NOW. The chances of a mentally ill person killing somebody are about the same as other people snapping and doing the same. If you are mentally ill, your privacy cannot be invaded any more than someone with a brain tumor's privacy can be violated. That's unreasonable and unfair. Not all killers are mentally ill. Some are just plain evil and mean. Let's have a registry for people who amass great quantities of guns, and let's ban assault weapons so that an individual cannot spray a whole classroom, movie theatre, mall, or government building with bullets. Other countries have done this...what's wrong with the U.S.? NOBODY needs an assault weapon to hunt animals; they are only made for killing people.

    December 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. cmr

    How about getting rid of the assault weapons?

    December 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. B

    Kids have been known to gain access to their parents' gun in the home and have injured or killed themselves or someone else. What makes the NRA think that children will not be tempted to break into the teacher's desk and remove the gun and use it on someone on the playground?

    December 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Dan

    The nra VP said they would fund the school protection not the failing federal government!! He is correct about you guys because you just reported BS :-(

    December 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Dorothy Stickley

    The NRA is so full of gun lords and their minions. Look at LaPierre's salary and those of his top level assistants. The NRA is so much a part of the rpoblem and they are just disgusting. There is absolutely no reason for the sale of assault weapons and large capacity clips to be sold to the general public, Step one should be a complete ban on those things. Then we can work to develop better security in the schools. I am just appalled at the total lack of responsibility the NRA seems to feel for any of the gun fever.

    December 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Marcel Opstal

    This would be funny, IF it wasn't for the FACT that 20 precious children and 7 adults were MURDERED with Guns....... in a School in America. If it wasn't the guns that killed them, then tell that to the parents of the 22 children in China that were also attacked in a school in China only a day before, but all surviving. The differance – the weapon. The bad guy in China used a knife. If you still feel strongly – tell the dead kids parents....

    December 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. gb0432

    the NRA is a lobbying organization for gun manufacturers....they do not represent gun owners...so of course they promote anything that means more guns can be sold in this country...that is their mission...more guns...why would anyone expect anything else from them

    December 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. GuestAgain

    I get the same feeling whenever Obama or someone in his admin speaks...

    December 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Kathy

    I don't disagree with everything the NRA stated regarding their opinions on the proliferation of violence; BUT, let's not deflect from what is the key issue. There's only one purpose for assault weapons. Killing people. It's a military weapon. Now, 28 dead in CT / 20 ages 6 & 7 at the hand of a mentally ill young man. We MUST go the root cause and ban assault weapons! Arming the rest of the world is NOT the answer.

    December 21, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Media should have walk out the press conference

    December 21, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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!"

    Yep. The NRA is advocating we arm up to protect ourselves from ourselves. Oh, sweet the irony ...

    December 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Donna

    It has been reported the Conn. shooter was into violent video games big time. I wonder why that isn't front page news? I wonder why there aren't calls to ban violent first person shooter video games? Kids can sit in front of a computer for hours on end creating their own little world of violence where they kill everything in sight and they never experience any physical pain in the process. If the person is slightly off center, you eventually end up with a person that thinks they are professional killers and immortal.

    Wake up America. If advertising can affect people to sell product, video game scan see their product as well, massive violence.

    December 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    However, he said, schools remain a target by criminal gunmen because they are not protected by armed security the way other important institutions are.
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    What about airports, grocery stores, shopping malls, the carwash, parks and playgrounds, the library, hospitals, the POST OFFICE? Where do you draw the line, or don't you? Is it supposed to an all out arms race? I liked watching "Star Wars" but I would hate to live in a society like that, where everyone is armed to the teach with a blaster on his hip.

    I have a better idea. Let's replace the people with technology, which is gonna happen sooner or later anyway. Besides, it'll be cheaper over the long run. Let someone watching video camera feeds flip a switch, and then anything that moves in the targeted area is "disabled" by weapons firing from hidden ports. How's about that?

    We already have guys operating remote drones killing folks, so why not take it to the next level. Heck, one guy could probably cover an entire school district. Huh, How's about that?

    December 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Armed guards?

    And to help defray the cost of such a need supported by the "mothers and fathers" of the NRA, let's add a $150 surcharge to the sale of every semi-automatic weapon sold and a $25 dollar surcharge to every clip that contains more than 10 rounds!

    Deal?

    December 21, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Tracy

    lol...most teachers can't teach much less fire a gun!

    December 21, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. MarineEngineer

    Prohibition never worked for booze, drugs, or anything else; guns would be no exception. Whether you support gun ownership or not is irrelevant as the hundreds of millions guns already in circulation will insure those with evil intentions will always have access to one. It is irresponsible to ignore the reality that armed protection within our schools represents the best solution that can be implimented immediately. Teachers that choose to arm themselves should have that right however coming from a family of teachers very few of the ones I have ever known would be capable of operating one, not an insult simply an observation.

    December 21, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Curt

    What a sad commentary on the country when the NRA suggest the solution to the problem is more guns. Real sad when kids can not just go to school and learn and have fun without people having to fortify schools like prisons and suggest teachers should be armed. To think it has even come to this is really sad and does not say much for what our society has become.

    December 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. JD

    I think the guy holding the sign is pretty frightening as well. Anyone preaching hate and intolerance like that is far from safe.

    December 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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