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NRA calls for armed guards in schools, taps Hutchinson to lead plan

By Bloomberg News

This article was originally published December 21, 2012 at 11:18 a.m. Updated December 21, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.

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The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, gestures during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

The National Rifle Association called for stationing police officers in schools as the proper response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Connecticut and blamed “blood-soaked films” and video games for the violence.

The NRA also announced a plan to develop a comprehensive school security plan for use nationwide, an initiative that is being headed by former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, an Arkansas Republican.

“The only thing stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s chief executive officer, said Friday at a news conference that was twice interrupted by protesters. He urged Congress “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”

Beyond paid security, LaPierre said school systems could tap into retired firefighters, police and military personnel to create school “security forces.”

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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JakeTidmore says... December 21, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

Public response is already negative toward NRA after this LaPierre announcement. Bad, bad timing. Terrible idea, too.

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parabellum says... December 21, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.

This idea will never work, it makes too much sense ! We already have armed security guards at many schools in arkansas and there has never been a mass shooting at any of these schools.

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KCSAP says... December 21, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

Go Asa. Someone that can elevate the discussion to something solution oriented. Tired of the Dems "all emotions" "no solutions" rhetoric.

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awh says... December 21, 2012 at 12:41 p.m.

This whole situation is awful but a predictable outcome of the increasingly violent culture in media and gaming. What are people putting in their heads these days, especially so many youngsters who live most of their free time plugged into a screen? Are curbs needed? I would say so...but there are a million opinions out there. I agree with NRA that it is the people doing the damage, who have become motivated by images and thoughts in their heads, and not the weapons themselves. How many have been murdered with machetes? Something like half a million in Rwanda a decade ago over a month? Did we cry to outlaw machetes? Don't think so. Nevertheless, some curbs need to occur. We are so eager to curb some gun ownership rights but are we willing to curb production of rampant violence on TV, games, online and in movies? Are we willing to do some serious revamping to our mental health system? If not, I'm not interested in any curbs on types of guns or magazines. Lets call the problem what it really is: US. And by the way, the ammo in a gun is held in magazines (or "mags"), NOT clips. People who say "clips" do not know guns, and as unknowledgeable persons they shouldn't demonize what they don't know.

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TomN says... December 21, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.

Let's think about this . . .
Bad guys don't care about the law.
Bad guys can always get guns, legal or illegal.
Bad guys are weaklings and cowards.
Bad guys prey upon the weak.
Bad guys prey upon weak targets.
Bad guys don't like it when good guys have guns too.
Even sick bad guys don't like it when good guys have guns too.
Bad guys stay away from places where the good guys have guns.
If we make places safe by putting good guys there with guns the bad guys will stay away.
Liberal: "Won't work. Too logical."

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RonalFos says... December 21, 2012 at 1 p.m.

The same people who are now pushing putting armed guards are the same ones who scream about paying taxes to support schools. Most schools can't even hire enough teachers and aids and buy supplies with the funding they have.

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TomN says... December 21, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.

Notice how liberals always have to duck and weave, avoiding the subject. But, but, . . .

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lazybar says... December 21, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.

if we could eliminate the wasted money on welfare we could afford to spend more money on schools

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Jackabbott says... December 21, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

A hate mongering organization like the NRA should not even be mentioned in a newspaper. They are shills for the arms industry who make million on murder. They have not an iota of common sense. Their response re blood soaked films and video games has a lot of merit and should be considered right along with gun control and mental/civil rigths reform but otherwise they are worth about as much as sewer rats.

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SurferDuuuude says... December 21, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

Interesting how libs criticized the NRA for not speaking immediately, and now criticize it for speaking at all......Regardless in this cimate of high and irrational emotion fueled by self-serving politicians, it's going to take great courage to point out the obvious and also engage in an all-encompassing discussion that includes video games, music videos, movies, and a media that glorifies gun violence and murder. Stay strong. Mr. LaPierre, lots of us have your back and will do our best to honor your courage.

Honestly, I wish Feinstein, Obama, Shumer, Bloomberg and the rest would cut to the chase and propose a Constitutional Amendment to do whatever it is they want to do. Gut the 2nd Amendment (or at least give it your best shot, no pun intended) by not just banning military platform guns but ALL semi-autos and handguns. I'm all for putting it to a vote of the people of America. You libs all good with that?

Ronal makes a good point. About 50 years ago hunters and anglers supported a self-imposed tax on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to fund fish and wildlife management activites nationwide. I would support a similar tax on the sales of guns and ammo, or a diversion of the existing tax on guns and ammo for wildlife management purposes, to fund armed guards in our schools. If supporting such a tax makes me a liberal, Hades just froze over......

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