Will NRA's call to arms have lasting impact?

The pro-gun lobby suggests placing armed security guards in every American school. The idea was dismissed by many, however, and didn't seem to gain much policital support.

By Kim Peterson Dec 21, 2012 5:40PM
Image: Student in classroom (Digital Vision/Getty Images)The National Rifle Association says the answer to school shooting massacres is more guns in school. It's hardly a surprising position advocated by the largest gun-rights lobby in the country.

But what will the group's call mean? Will it have any impact beyond a day of heated debate? Is this a fundamental, significant moment in America's complicated relationship with guns or a throwaway grab for headlines?

Investors in gun stocks seemed underwhelmed. The share price for Sturm Ruger (RGR) barely budged and closed Friday down 0.4%. Smith and Wesson (SWHC) shares closed down 1.9%.

The country has seen a week of intense focus on gun control since 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14 and killed 20 children and six educators. America has struggled to understand the attack, to figure out what may have motivated Lanza, who also killed his mother and himself.

The NRA's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said guns were not to blame. He did blame the media, video games, movies and music videos. He described a "race to the bottom" in which companies compete to be more shocking and offensive. Violent films, he added, were "the filthiest form of pornography."

LaPierre suggested placing armed security guards in every American school. The gun-free zone in place in many schools "tells every killer that schools are the safest place" for mass shootings, he added.

He didn't specify how the program would be paid for, how guards would be trained, what procedures would be in place or how the scenario would be any different from Columbine High School, which had an armed guard when two gunmen killed numerous students in 1999, or Virginia Tech, which had its own armed police force when a student went on a deadly rampage in 2007.

His ideas didn't appear to address whether high-capacity assault weapons should be legal.

LaPierre's suggestions run counter to renewed calls for more gun control and stricter background checks since the shootings. President Obama has appointed Vice President Joe Biden to run a task force on the issue and deliver proposals by next month.

The NRA's highly anticipated announcement was quickly criticized from many sides. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said LaPierre's ideas were "a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country."

There weren't many who vocally supported LaPierre's plan. Even on the conservative website The Corner, run by the National Review, commenters were far more critical of the proposal than they were supportive. "Any sort of policy that's based on extremely rare, isolated incidents is almost guaranteed to do more unintended harm than good, wrote one. "That goes for both the anti-gun and the pro-gun crowd trying to wave the bloody shirt."


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Dec 21, 2012 8:34PM
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Well,

 

Everyone has there right to their opinion, so, why not have one - three individuals per school that are licensed & trained to carry a firearm with a high enough capacity clip to stop an individual who would think about doing harm to any children. Sometimes, people knowing, that if they try to harm anyone and people are willing to stop them with force, they turn out to be the true cowards they really are and probably may think twice about hurting innocent people. Your politicians can give Billions to foreign goverments that seem to lose most of the money somehow, but, lack the muster to provide phyiscal protection with security at schools and will tell you they can not find the money, passing laws will not protect our children. These cowardly indididuals that do these unspeakable acts only unstand force with force! Hey current administration, put all of are veterans that are trained with firearms and out of work and give them a job protecting our schools. Now that is a common sense approach to a on going problem and not all the hype you politicians  and media spin.

Dec 22, 2012 9:52AM
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Some fail to realize or remember that the gunman took his own life. All the laws in the world against LAW ABIDING CITIZENS will not prevent a PSYCHOPATH from doing what he did or anyone like him doing what they want.  Laws were the last thing on his mind. These people exist all over the world and I have RIGHT to be able to defend myself with whatever means are at my disposal.

 

We send our troops overseas to fight an enemy and expect our soldiers to fight by the rules against people that don't know the meaning of the word. But the GOVERNMENT ties their hands and forces them to get SLAUGHTERED for the sake of doing it by the book.

 

I will not be defenseless against people who do not care about laws or wether they live or die.

 

Tie your own hands and leave mine the HELL ALONE. SURVIVAL IS NOT PRETTY SOMETIMES!!!!!!! 

Dec 21, 2012 7:33PM
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We don't need armed security guards at schools, what we need is armed teachers!!!!

Let's get back to common sense not liberal whiny attitudes.

No matter how many laws you have you will still have people killing people.....guns do not kill people, people kill people. 
Dec 23, 2012 9:56AM
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I taught for 30 years. I have a concealed carry permit. I never miss the kill zone in practice.

 

I felt helpless while in the classroom without my pistol, knowing that I would at least have had a decent probability of stopping an attacker.

 

My husband also taught and felt the same way.

 

Let well trained teachers carry.

Dec 22, 2012 8:56AM
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I am not sure why the NRA chose to have a press conference.  The shooter was not an NRA member nor was he a law abiding gun owner.  The NRA is a supporter of the second amendment and should not waver from their currently held positions.  The knee-jerk reaction is from those who would deny the rights of law abiding citizens.  The liberals are the ones who have supported measures which allow criminals more freedom to prey on law abiding citizens.  The root cause is not access to firearms.
Dec 21, 2012 6:01PM
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For a measly 10.00 per student per month you could have a well trained and armed policeman at every school, two in some. 
There will always be guns in our society so why not admit that gun control hasnt worked. It will never work because its based on a flawed premise that if you outlaw guns, crimes will not be committed. Australia banned guns and they now have 400% more violent crime than before. 
Throughout history America has been able to recognize when things dont work but when it comes to guns the liberals in America think that they can somehow rewrite history or make us believe in something that will never be. Schools are liable to protect students. Either hire policemen or ask for fathers of students to donate one day per month. Get them trained and armed and voilla youve done it. Nothing in this life is perfect but this is not a hard choice to make. Criminals could use bombs if they couldnt get guns. In Japan and China attacks have been made on students using a knife, 8 dead 20 wounded. Nothing is perfect but having a policeman on the premises is the best overall answer. 
Dec 22, 2012 11:16AM
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I own several weapons.  I practice often.  I am physically fit and pretty calm.

I would be scared to death of missing a perp and killing a bystander in most stress situations.

I'm more afraid of a poorly trained civilian than running into a criminal, especially since I live in Arizona where you must own guns or relinquish your gonads.

Dec 23, 2012 9:05AM
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The school I went to almost 40 yr ago had an armed policeman on duty in our halls. I think it is a very good idea. I don't think teachers should pack guns. They should teach. I do not think they should have to deal with security. People who commit these unspeakable acts are obviously not mentally right. Most are intelligent enough to know where they will meet the least resistance, soft targets. Stop the foreign aid and keep the money at home to be spent at home.

 Violating the constitution is not the answer. Security and Mental health care. That is a real solution. 

Dec 21, 2012 6:10PM
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This reminds me of the idiots that want more prisons but don`t want to pay

for it.

Dec 22, 2012 1:01PM
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Being pro life doesn't mean you love guns (an inanimate object) or war.  However it is the supporters of the second amendment that allow the citizens of America to remain free.  The people that want to disarm the public are merely pawns of those that want to end our freedom.  The democracy cannot be sustained if our citizens cannot defend themselves.  Our enemies will not use weapons of mass destruction for fear they will damage the resources they covet.

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The only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.  If all guns are made illegal that will be a little like making methamphetamines and heroin illegal. 

 

Dec 24, 2012 7:42AM
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Just the facts.  lanza did his killing with 2 pistols that belonged to his scholl teacher mother.  the day prior to the killings lanza had a heated argument with some one at the  school.  the scholl boasts a sign "visitors welcome".  it also boasts a sign "gun free school zone".  his mother, as a trained and educated teacher cannot deny knowing her son had a mental problem.  his mother also had a rifle which he took to the school but did not use.  perhaps the nutzo knew a rifle could not be concealed as easy as a pistol.  add the facts about the argument and that lanzas mental condition was not unknown to many in the area, school personnel includede.  last but not least, any person of responsibility who buys a gun knows that it must be kept under lock and key when not in use at the range.  any educated person, such as a teacher with a whacko kid, is responsible for thier guns and thier use.  lets take a long hard look at a mother that was fully aware of her sons limitations and her responsibilites as a gun owner.  most important fact, the nra dids not have adamn thing to do with the killings, the mother and the scholl did.
Dec 23, 2012 12:00AM
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While this administrations trajectory and Agenda since last year with the false flags shootings in VT and the staged Movie theater incidents and others is to continuously build a case to take the gun control issue to another level  .The Agenda has always been as the end goal of...LIMITING SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND LARGE Capacity Magazine clips ...Why do you ask? Because The Globalist Fascist Communist entities in this administration know that in order to take us down we must be ARM LESS or at least down in fire power to able to mount a counter attack with a range of acceptable mass casualty number fatalities in order to take control. The NATO FORCES have automatic weapons....And must have a far superior fire power to contain any revolt of the American people......Face it THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDERS AGENDA...!!! And they will stop and nothing to try to achieve it even if it means Controlling us by any FEAR BASED MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES. The New world order's and the United Nations using the MEDIA and the lobby groups to manipulate sentiment. This first step at gun control goals using the media to exploit the false flag's and all other incidents like this tragedy. OPEN YOUR EYES YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED to react like this THEY WANT YOU NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND YOURSELVES WHEN THE FINAL PUSH FOR A FASCIST COMMUNIST CONTROL STARTS...!!!
Dec 22, 2012 12:03AM
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It's really sad that these people want to use this tragedy as an excuse to take away our choice to bear arms.

Especially since they are the same people who would have DEMANDED the choice to kill every one of them six or seven years ago, in the womb.
Dec 24, 2012 4:42PM
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A few well trained and willing school employees who are well armed would do a lot to provide security in schools. When I was armed as a police officer and again as a parole officer, I had to pass a psych evaluation and the same could be done with armed school staff. Let's not get trapped into blaming the instrument instead of the person. We need to take responsiblity for our actions as do those miscreants who do bad things. We do see similar tragedies in places like China where a deranged guy goes into a school and kills children with a blade. Clearly a nut can wreak havoc with an axe, molotove cocktail, automobile, you name it.
Dec 23, 2012 10:47AM
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Schools currently waste and spend a lot of tax dollars but produce substandard graduates.  Why not have the teachers union pay for police protection?  
Dec 25, 2012 11:37AM
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LaPierre was right on the money with everything he said. The gun controllers knee jerk reaction to a tragedy like Newtown is to blame the gun and attack the 2nd amendment which is the hight of illogic and stupidity. All gun control does is limit or take away the rights of law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves and others from criminals and crazy people who WILL get ANY weapon they want to get their hands on. If you gun controllers want to live in your paradise then move to the inner cities of Chicago and WDC where they ALREADY have the exact laws you want! I'm sure you'll be safe there because no one there will have a gun since they are illegal, right? And, for those of you who think it is dangerous and irresponsible for their to be armed guards in schools, we need to look no further and follow the example of dear leader Obama, who send his kids to a school with 11(!!!) armed guards. 
Dec 25, 2012 11:52AM
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When a mentally ill, or criminal shoves a gun in the face of one of these moron liberals they will see the light. The  mentality of a liberal is they don't have any common sense. So when the liberal is dialing his phone and getting shot, I will protect myself with my 2nd amendment rights.
Dec 25, 2012 4:47PM
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What would happen if indeed, as suggested by many, we start arming teachers/school administrators with guns so that they could combat the killers of our innocent. Apparently, as the logic goes, these killers would no longer enter schools where they would be killed before they could do their harm.  Success!

  

But then I suspect that these criminals - whether in touch with reality or not - would look for other sites to make their horrific entrance.  They could, for example, look for places where children gather together.  Children are always going on field trips, often to museums.  So I suspect that the evil ones will eventually show up at such places.  So we now arm the museum personnel.  Success at last - no more museum shootings.

  

But then there are the parks with playgrounds.  How hard would it be for the evil doer to use his semi-automatic to kill many, and then him/her self.  So we arm the playgrounds.  Let’s no longer speak of success - not yet.


There are the sports venues where children play hockey, or soccer, or basketball or any myriad of athletic games.  Arm the parents, coaches - make the water boy the gun boy. 

  

And of course there are those indoor playgrounds at fast food restaurants.  We surely can arm the manager, or a couple of the minimum paid workers.


Have we covered everything?  Have we armed everyone yet?


Of course we could regulate the kind of guns our society is allowed to buy.  But then,

there goes freedom.

  

I cherish my freedom, along with the civilian police state I now so comfortably live in.

(Did I mention hospitals? Day care centers? Pediatrician offices? Churches?........)


Dec 25, 2012 11:14AM
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Listen to the far right:we need more guns and drugs in this country.
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