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. myviewis

    Criminals, insane people will always find a way to get their hands on a gun (small or large) no matter how many new laws are written or if guns are outlawed. Put police officers in schools full-time and increase police presence in all communities.

    December 21, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. ArmyVet

    LaPierre for president! Next election.

    December 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Gotta Be Kiddin

    So what type of gun should the principal have had? And if it was locked up like they are saying it should, be would she have been able to get to it before being shot with the semi-automatic rifle? And let's say she did have it out and missed the shooter and was killed anyway...that's just one more gun the shooter would have at his disposal. I'm sorry, the NRA is crazy!!!!!

    December 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. NameFrank

    How do you prosecute dead shooters?

    December 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Wouldn't armed guards in school be bigger government?

    December 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. rs

    The NRA has pushed military-grade weaponry out into the public square like so much halloween candy. The blood of the 28 dead in Connc=ecticut is on their hands. Mr. LaPierre's demented reamblings about weapons has created an atmosphere in which Gun enthusiasts and the Gun Lobby cannot differentiate between wants and needs when it comes to personal protection or hunting.

    Now, this preposterous idea that we, the American taxpayer needs to pony up money for armed guards at schools because they would rather support guns and gunownership at the expense of the saftey of our children is simply too much. If the NRA feel so much guilt at what occured last Friday, perhaps they should pay for all of those guards at all of those schools. Seeing as they fail to see the moral costs of their worship of tools of death, perhaps they should feel the financial costs of their love affair with death-dealing weapons.

    December 21, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. 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.

    December 21, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Someone wrote that an armed individual would have been a deterrent. Maybe, we really do not know that. Considering how the man was wearing body armor, my guess is that he would have found a way around an armed guard by using a sniper rifle.

    December 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Honestly?

    A National Mentally Ill Database? Is it not hard enough for a lot of people to seek help due to the stigma, either by themselves or by the help of family and friends? Knowing that your name will be entered in to a database because you seek help will surely keep a lot more individuals from seeking the care they need. Wow. This is the meaningful contribution?

    Yes, we protect a lot of different people and places w/ guns. In order to keep assault weapons on the market, lets extend that to all of the schools. Why not? Theaters? Sure. Malls? Okay. $$$$$$ We'll get used to seeing armed guards, a little more accepting of a world gone down the tubes. And for what? An assault rifle sale.

    December 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    The NRA made gun running in the US legal and very profitable.

    December 21, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Steven Yaniz

    This was the most insulting speech ever. Video Games, Movies, MTV, and the imagination of any sane or insane person don't kill people. People with Assault Weapons in rural or urban areas KILL PEOPLE.

    December 21, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. haystupid

    I am not a big fan of guns but i went out yesterday and bought an AR15, a sig 380 and a glock 9mm. president obama is the best thing that ever happend to the gun industry, i went to 4 gun shops , they were packed. i watched atlest 10 people buy AR15's and american made AK47's. i was in one shop at 11:30 , went back to buy an ar15 at 1:30 and they had already sold the 5 they had. GOOD JOB OBAMA , you have made me a new member of the NRA and the proud owner of a few nice guns, i will soon have my permit and will have my glock on my side and my wife will have her sig380 on hers.

    December 21, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Tracy

    So what do you think that the feds will do to get the assault rifles that are already on the street off the street? They going to go door to door and take them? How do they even find them?

    December 21, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. jjriley

    Really? The NRA is killing our kids? Talk about sensationalism! That is like saying that the Cattle farmers of America are responsible for Heart disease! Police offers in Schools create a deterrant OR lets bring our troops home and have them guarding our schools! One Military vehicle in the front of a school with a few men in uniform per school should suffice!!

    December 21, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. macon

    i am trying my best t understand all of the veiwpoints which have been posted here. I think one important part is missing in his statements about putting armed guards in schools. The students at the school are elementary school children. IT WAS CHILDREN KILLED HERE. I don't have a child, but my heart goes out to the families of this horrible crime. My father was an avid hunter, but he would have said... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    December 21, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. macon

    I forgot to add one thing more... Tell your republican friends to put a bill on the house floor to fund a guard for every school, and see how fast the scream SOCIALISM OR BIG BROTHER IS COMING FOR YOUR GUNS AND TEACHING YOUR KIDS THEY CAN'T HAVE THEM... And yes.. I meant to scream with the capital letters on...

    December 21, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. rs

    myviewis

    Criminals, insane people will always find a way to get their hands on a gun (small or large) no matter how many new laws are written or if guns are outlawed. Put police officers in schools full-time and increase police presence in all communities.
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    If criminals or the insane carry out attacks with someone elses registered firearm, then by law that should make the gun owner laible. After all, they failed to safely contain their weapon of death. Suitable jail time and high dollar penalties might help gun owners figure out they are part of the weapon supply chain to the criminal and menatally unstable world of the thrill shooters.

    As to guards at school- do a little math: millions of schools, multiple guards at even $30,000 apiece (plus benefits). Whin in the hell should pay for that? Maybe we can add a $1,000 tax on each gun and $5 tax on each bullet to pay for your bigger government solution.

    December 21, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Lee

    wwf, So it's ok, even mandatory, to have dozens of trained officers/personell on site after the carnage, but it's not ok to have one or two of them on site to prevent the carnage?

    December 21, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. MaryM

    There are many things that will try to stop this violence. The NRA has only offered one.

    December 21, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Dale

    I will give you my assault rifle, but not my ability to protect myself and family. I will give you my support, but not the right to voice my opinion. I would give anything to protect children even my life. I would throw myself into the line of fire to protect a child, but give me the ability to stop someone like Adam Lanza and maybe some of those children would still be alive.
    Sometimes common sense has a difficult time of prevailing. What if Adam Lanza had simply used a piece of pipe. Would we ban all pipe? What if he used a sword? Would we ban all swords?? Yeah that would stop the problem!
    Ban whatever you like, but put someone in the way of someone like him. Put a trained professional between the crazies out there and the children. Maybe the only one that died that day would have been Adam Lanza

    December 21, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. NRA Mentally Ill

    Our school has 111 available entries and exits. How many armed guards are we talking about? Aren't we trying to cut spending?

    December 21, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. rs

    haystupid-
    Crazy Wayne La Pierre has been calling for Obama to "get your guns" since before he got elected. It is amazing that so many stupid people believe what this clown says. If you look carefully at reality, Mr. Obama has actually improved the rights of gun owners. Perhaps if you weren't lead around by the nose by the Right-wing nuts you might realize they are using people like you to prop up the gun industry.

    December 21, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    haystupid

    I am not a big fan of guns but i went out yesterday and bought an AR15, a sig 380 and a glock 9mm. president obama is the best thing that ever happend to the gun industry, i went to 4 gun shops , they were packed. i watched atlest 10 people buy AR15's and american made AK47's. i was in one shop at 11:30 , went back to buy an ar15 at 1:30 and they had already sold the 5 they had. GOOD JOB OBAMA , you have made me a new member of the NRA and the proud owner of a few nice guns, i will soon have my permit and will have my glock on my side and my wife will have her sig380 on hers.
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    Congratulations. You've just made yourself at least 20 times more likely to be shot and killed by gun fire. Those are the statistics when you compare households that have guns and those that do not. For example, the mother was armed to the teeth and was shot dead by her own gun.

    December 21, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Miscalculation...by ALL

    Obama's White House had for two years in his first term a majority to pass strict gun-laws...The Dems chose the easy way out and did nothing....'self-interest first' now they blame the NRA...Gop...everyone but themselves...and the 'Fiscal Cliff' again Pres Obama is hitting on the GOP...He is the Leader for alll Americans ....so act like ONE...

    December 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. PJ

    Like some have said here, the armed guard would need to carry a weapon equal to any weapon a killer would have
    on him, the guard would have to be a marksman, aiming for the head, because the killer would most likely be
    wearing bullet-proof vests, and would there be a guard at every door? Would they be at the right door at the right time?
    So, the NRA would rather have children see armed guards walking around with assault weapons in their schools
    rather than ban these weapons.
    Since the NRA gets most of its money from gun manufacturers, you bet they want to keep those guns coming.
    Blame the media, blame the President (who BTW has done nothing to "disarm" Americans), blame any and
    every thing except themselves and their determination to "arm America" with every weapon manufactured.
    This is the first time I have ever heard LaPierre speak, and he was not impressive. Too bad he makes every
    responsible, caring, gunowner look bad, because of his radicalism. The old "one bad apple can rot..........."

    December 21, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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