NRA: Put police officer in every school

Wayne LaPierre – Executive Vice President, NRA

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun

“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark?”

But do you know this President zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget, and scrapped “Secure Our Schools” policing grants in next year’s budget.

The National Rifle Association’s 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut … who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime.

Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.

Now, we must speak … for the safety of our nation’s children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?

The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth. Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security.

We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!

The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn’t planning his attack on a school he’s already identified at this very moment?

How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark?

A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?

And the fact is, that wouldn’t even begin to address the much larger and more lethal criminal class: Killers, robbers, rapists and drug gang members who have spread like cancer in every community in this country. Meanwhile, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% — to the lowest levels in a decade.

So now, due to a declining willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years! Add another hurricane, terrorist attack or some other natural or man-made disaster, and you’ve got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.

And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.

Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.”

But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.

And throughout it all, too many in our national media … their corporate owners … and their stockholders … act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

The media call semi-automatic firearms “machine guns” — they claim these civilian semi-automatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers … when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don’t know what they’re talking about!

Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed!

As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it.

As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away … or a minute away?

Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: “More guns,” you’ll claim, “are the NRA’s answer to everything!” Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word “gun” automatically become a bad word?

A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn’t a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn’t a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won’t be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

So why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it’s used to protect our children in their schools?

They’re our kids. They’re our responsibility. And it’s not just our duty to protect them — it’s our right to protect them.

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?

Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America’s gun owners that you’re willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is a lone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. But do you know this President zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget, and scrapped “Secure Our Schools” policing grants in next year’s budget.

With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can’t afford to put a police officer in every school? Even if they did that, politicians have no business — and no authority — denying us the right, the ability, or the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.

Now, the National Rifle Association knows that there are millions of qualified active and retired police; active, reserve and retired military; security professionals; certified firefighters and rescue personnel; and an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every school. We can deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America’s police force.

The budget of our local police departments are strained and resources are limited, but their dedication and courage are second to none and they can be deployed right now.

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else, as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.

Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local authorities — and draw upon every resource available — to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now. Every school will have a different solution based on its own unique situation.

Every school in America needs to immediately identify, dedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America’s preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.

Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now. We did it for the nation’s defense industries and military installations during World War II, and we’ll do it for our schools today.

The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead this effort as National Director of the National School Shield Program, with a budget provided by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as a U.S. Attorney, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and credentialed experts available anywhere, to get this program up and running from the first day forward.

If we truly cherish our kids more than our money or our celebrities, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible and the security that is only available with a properly trained — armed — good guy.

Under Asa’s leadership, our team of security experts will make this the best program in the world for protecting our children at school, and we will make that program available to every school in America free of charge.

That’s a plan of action that can, and will, make a real, positive and indisputable difference in the safety of our children — starting right now.

There’ll be time for talk and debate later. This is the time, this is the day for decisive action.

We can’t wait for the next unspeakable crime to happen before we act. We can’t lose precious time debating legislation that won’t work. We mustn’t allow politics or personal prejudice to divide us. We must act now.

For the sake of the safety of every child in America, I call on every parent, every teacher, every school administrator and every law enforcement officer in this country to join us in the National School Shield Program and protect our children with the only line of positive defense that’s tested and proven to work.

To read more about the program, here’s the link to the NRA announcement that includes the announcement by former U.S. congressman, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas and former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Asa Hutchinson (starts on page 11 of the NRA announcement).

UPDATE: has posted the audio from when President Clinton requested $60 million in federal money to fund a fifth round of funding for a program called “COPS in School” back in 2000 – the one-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

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  • Ballistic45

    Government allow pilots be armed and Air Marshals on board but deny school children the same protection..

    • valley person

      Yes, arming school children would do the trick.

      • Ballistic45

        NO ONE advocates arming Children! It is amazing the SH*T you people throw out hoping it will stick to divert meaningful discourse… Let me clear it up for you, if the Air transport industry are allowed to arm pilots and carry armed Air Marshals to protect passengers, why would we not allow conceal carry for teachers and other faculty or guards to protect school children? But you knew that and having no viable reason to support disarming teachers or having Gun Free Zones, you throw out misinformation or skew what has been said to divert an issue… You are your own worst enemy… People are seeing through this ploy used by the left… Readers of these comments please take note of a typical Liberals thinking process….

        • ardbeg

          ” why would we not allow conceal carry for teachers”- simple answer is many parents will not want their kids in that school (and some most certainly will). A trained security guard/police officer is one thing but a first grade teacher with a 1911 is something else. I get your comparison but flying is an option, a choice that adults make for themselves. Attending school is required. Also we already do “allow” teachers to CC. There is one district (here in Oregon) that has made a ‘no CC by teachers policy” as part on their condition for employment. But to my knowledge, no other district has followed suit. I don’t have a problem with cop/security guards and many HS already have a School Resource Officer who is at the school at least part time. But, putting one in every school in America is going to cost $$$$ and teachers are already being cut because of budget shortfalls. How do you and the NRA plan on paying for that?

          • Ballistic45

            School districts and teachers Unions find the need for ever increasing the tax burden to cover bennies and other so called needs, I would say not many would argue the need to pay for an Armed Security Guard, isn’t the first priority of communities to safeguard our youth especially in school where they are required to attend, no choice..

          • ardbeg

            I don’t disagree with hiring security. I won’t complain either about a tax increase to pay for it. I maybe wrong but I feel many will complain about any tax increase that goes to schools. It doesn’t matter what “Unions” have to say about it, so I’m not sure why the reference. The problem is too many legislators will never consider raising revenue no matter what the reason, even a good one. As I said I my original post “A trained security guard/police officer is one thing but a first grade teacher with a 1911 is something else.”

            Lets just look in my district. One HS, two middle schools and four elementary schools. That’s seven new employees and I’m not interested in the minimum wage DPSST trained “security” type. This would have to be someone with training. Most “Vets”, as you called for, in this country have never seen combat let alone are they skilled on the type of shooting required in a hostage situation, actually neither are most police. That type of skill comes at a cost. Do the math: 7 employees at a minimum of 150K total cost is over one million just for my district. I’m willing to pay my share, are you? Are the politicians of this state?

          • Ballistic45

            By the numbers, the cost to have a single officer as a guard for every public school in America: $5 Billion… The cost in 2012 for the ‘War on Drugs’ – $39 Billion, foreign aid -$49 Billion, occupation of Afghanistan – $111 Billion.. Obama’s 5th Christmas Vacation in Hawaii will be at least a $4 Million bill to taxpayers…. Don’t you think it is time to get our priorities back in order? Regarding the Union reference, Unions have driven up school budgets with pork belly deals for the teachers while tying the hands of school districts to weed out poorly functioning teachers all of which drives down academic results and drives up budgets.. So why should anyone deny a common sense move to provide school guards which would directly contribute to the safety of both teachers and students? Don’t kids have to be alive to learn? Seems that would be a top priority….

          • valley person

            Right now we are paying 60 cents in taxes for every dollar of services we get from the feds. About 55% of all federal spending is on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Most of the remainder goes to national defense.

            We could add another 5 billion tot he deficit so a few lunatics can keep their high capacity weapons, or we can get rid of the high capacity weapons. Its a lot more fiscally conservative to do the latter.

        • valley person

          So you are willing to pay higher taxes to have armed guards in every school?

          • Ballistic45

            Yep, especially if it is a VET… They deserve first crack at the job… I would much rather have my tax dollars paid for a school security guard than paying some dope fiend on Welfare… And don’t come back with there are no addicts on welfare…

          • valley person

            I don’t know why you chose to drag race into this discussion, given that every shooter at every mass shooting event except for the DC sniper has been white. And the DC sniper, if I remember correctly, was a Vet. And, the incidence of violence, mental illness homelessness and suicide is much higher among vets than the population at large.

          • Ballistic45

            What’s wrong? You can’t chew gum and walk at the same time? Let me try AGAIN.. I would much rather have my tax dollars paid for a school security guard
            than paying some dope fiend on Welfare… The rest of the statement was to counter the usual liberal statement that attacks of drug use on welfare recipients are RACIST.. But you slipped by with another question about race, I knew it wasn’t going to work but I tried.. LOL..

          • Ballistic45

            Obama’s kids go to a school that has 11 Armed Guards, not counting Secret Service personnel… Do your kids at least deserve ONE Guard to overlook their school?

  • HBguy

    Art Robinson couldn’t have said it any better.

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