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Will Following the NRA's Suggestion for Armed Campus Security Lead to Safer Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools?

'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 a Friday morning press conference in Washington D.C., 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 citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

“We already have a school resource officer who goes to the three campuses,” said Dr. Valerie Pitts, Superintendent of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.  “I think we need to have partnerships with local law enforcement and I think we need to provide a quality education program.”

The school resource officer, Patty Monge is a sworn officer with the Twin Cities Police Authority.

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.

Newtown locals responded to the NRA press conference. Suzy DeYoung, a Newtown resident for nine years who has three children, said LaPierre's speech was playing to people’s fears.

"People are much smarter than this," DeYoung said. "He is saying we need to be protected from guns by more guns. This lack of logic speaks for itself, and I truly believe the response you are abut to see from parents all around the world will offer better commentary than I ever could."

Joanna Zachos, a mother in Sandy Hook, Conn., said that while she supports an increase in gun control and personally does not believe in guns at all, that the larger problem goes "way beyond that."

"The problem we have is our immunity to violence as a society as a whole," she said. "Violent video games, violent movies, addiction to horror films. We've developed immunity to violence and violent images."

LaPierre also lamented violence in video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. But his central solution seemed to be a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who might 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.

LaPierre did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

What do you think?  Are armed guards at our schools the best solution to the kind of violence that occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary Newtown, Connecticut?  Tell us in comments.

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R. T. December 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The NRA is a proponent of the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) theory that the world has been trying to deescalate ever since the end of the Cold War. It would follow that the NRA in theory would condone Iran's desire to obtain nuclear weapons. Since we already have ours, Iran knows the good guy with the bomb would counterbalance their bad guy bomb, hence the world will be a more peaceful place as long as everyone has an atomic bomb.
Haggis December 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
We have armed guards at our prisons, having them in our schools--- Maybe theNRA is suggesting we put our kids in jail for their own security.
Suzanne Kanner December 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Let's make gun control laws more strict, so guns don't get in the hands of the "bad" guys.

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