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Should Suisin City Schools Follow NRA's Suggestion for Armed Campus Security?

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.

In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying “good guys” around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

LaPierre's speech was a call to supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

At the grassroots level, groups like Newtown United, a group of Newtown neighbors, are working to address major issues related to the tragedy, including gun control, violent media, mental health and legislation.

In stark contrast, LaPierre called for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who could be more present and respond more quickly than police.

"If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," LaPierre said. "And that security is only available with properly trained, armed 'good guys'."

LaPierre, who was interrupted twice by protesters who held signs in front of TV cameras, made a direct call for local action.

"I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work," he said.

In his speech, LaPierre also accused the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Bob Hunley December 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
LaPierre is a nut job. All of the causes he sites as reasons for the killings, i.e, video games and "blood soaked films" are found throughout the world, yet nowhere else do we find the kind of gun related violence that we find in America. Why not? That's easy - there are 89 guns out there for every 100 Americans. No other place in the world even comes close to that. Due to the right wing misinterpretation of the 2nd amendment we will never be able to outlaw citizen possession of firearms, but surly we could make it a felony to possess a multi-round cartridge and at least limit the carnage.
B. Smith December 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Some fsusd schools have armed security, essentially. I know the high schools and PSA have dedicated site officers. The others have them assigned but not on-site all day. More of them should go to the closed campus as there is at DOR, though. One entry, no one comes in except thru the office. Not that it'll stop someone with enough desire for violence, but it sure makes it harder to come in unnoticed.
B. Smith December 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I'll add, while I don't agree that more guns is the "answer" (to anything, really), I'd feel a little more secure knowing someone had a real way to protect my kids.
Garry Rowe December 22, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Bob, there is no misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment as far as a citizen's basic right to own firearms. As things changed in America, the interpretation comes in to play. Are there some people that shouldn't be allowed to own weapons? Should some weapons be excluded? What requirements should there be for gun ownership? If you read today's followup article to the Newtown shooting by The AP, I think you would have to agree this was not a case where gun control would have helped. What may have made it preventable was better indentification of Lanza's mental state. The mother could have been encouraged to remove the guns from the household had she know the potential consequences.
waterfront resident December 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Just a Thought (and not pertaining to the content of this article) - Learn how to spell Suisun - this is not the first time you've mispelled it! It's very obvious since you changed editors and David is no longer in charge that the Suisun City edition needs some work and a better understanding of what the community is about. I subscribe to the Davis edition as well and you seem to understand what they are about - but have totally homogenized the Suisun City edition.

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