NRA Calls for Armed Police Officers in Every School

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that, quote, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Jan Ellis, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education, says the department hasn't taken a position on armed guards in schools and that school safety decisions are made at the local level.

Read the complete transcript of the NRA press conference.

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  • by steve Location: jackson,michigan on Jan 3, 2013 at 06:15 AM
    why pay the police, why not get the national guard to patrol the schools thats what they are there for and that means protecting the kids.
  • by Dave Location: Bath on Dec 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    one thing that everyone must relize is that the "bad" guys will always get their weapons! That is why as a responsible gun owner I have a concelead carry permit. this is to protect me and mine. Am I to believe that we do not trust our educators to carry a gun in school? we trust them to interact with our children more than many of the parents do on a daily basis.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    And barack's kids school has 11 armed guards ...........Our kids deserve the same protection to attended school and get their education. This cant be a do as I say and not as I do issue, We have rights to send our children to school, and we also have the right to know they are safe. And if it is securing the schools , so be it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    The cost to have one armed police office in every school across the country, coast to coast border to boarder would be about $5B annually. We spent/spend over $110B in Afganistan annually. The "war" on drugs cost us tax payers almost $20B annually. We will spend these staggering figures to "protect our nation" about we won't spend anything to protect our kids? I don't know when protecting our kids makes us a police state. Nazi Germany had complete gun control. Sandra, no offense, but you are comparing apples to oranges. We, as a society, allow people carry weapons in order to protect our money, (armored car carriers) but heaven forbid we put a police officer in our schools to protect our kids.
  • by Kim Location: Eagle on Dec 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    Allowing TRAINED school employees, such as the principal, educators, maintenance crew, etc., to VOLUNTARILY carry a concealed firearm, or at least have them available (locked in the principal's office, etc) would not cost tax payers anything. Our children would at least have some form of protection. SB 59 would have permitted this and therefore helped protect our children.
  • by Brian Location: Hillsdale on Dec 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    What`s to say the guards won`t be some nutjobs? I am all for concealed carry, but let`s be honest here.
  • by Sandra Location: Lansing on Dec 22, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    I am aware that the Lansing high schools have armed guards. Not against that,as by the time students are in their mid to late teens they can become a threat to the safety of their peers and to the adults working there. However,placing armed guards at every elementary and middle/jr.high seems extreme. Besides being a cost many communities cannot afford,the idea of it makes me think we keep moving toward living in a complete police state. Like Nazi Germany. Or countries in the Middle East. That is frightening to me. Leave that option up to each individual community to decide,no government mandates.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Dec 22, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    I guess, considering the cost and some individuals’ reluctance to having police officers in the schools, the logical alternative would be to train and arm the teachers and staff.
  • by SMM Location: Lansing on Dec 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    @name Scare children? Lansing has a Police Officer in every High School and as a former Eastern student I actually felt safer having an armed Police Officer in my school I know several school districts in Michigan that have School Resource Officers in them and I agree all schools should have them.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Is the NRA willing to bankroll this? Many states can't even afford to properly outfit their classrooms with needed equipments or take care of students' other needs, how in the world would they be able to afford extra police officers? And many police departments are already stretched thin as it is. Pulling officers off the streets to scare children would not solve anything.
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