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 7:45PM
This guy is the one who put the jerk in knee jerk.  Does any sane person want this country to become an armed camp where every teacher carries a pistol, loaded and ready with the safety off?  How could any intelligent person propose such nonsense.  The crazies who perpetrate these acts have plenty of time to plan them out- they are not random acts of  violence born out of heat of the moment emotions.  Will we have to arm the crossing guards, the bus drivers, the playground volunteers?  What would stop the lunatic from just planting himself  in the bushes somewhere and picking people off at random?  How will the armed teachers stop the mall massacre, the theatre massacre, the McDonald's massacre?   Does he propose that every citizen carry a weapon 24/7?  He is either the stupidest person on earth or he has a lot of stock in a gun manufacturer.  The NRA has had its way for so long that they have no rational thought  processes left.   They have distorted the 2nd amendment over the years until it really has no relevance.  I think we should begin by banning all automatic weapon sales.  Including automatic hand guns.  Credit should be given  on income tax returns for citizens who turn in their  weapons and ammunition for a period of 1 year.  After the year is up, it becomes a felony to own or posses an automatic weapon of any type and, like the laws for drug cases, the property where the weapon is found can be confiscated and sold.  Private weapons should be restricted to single action pistols and bolt action rifles neither of which could be loaded by insertion of any type of multi round clip.   
Dec 21, 2012 7:33PM
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 21, 2012 7:22PM
Dec 21, 2012 6:55PM

About as out of touch with reality and common sense as you can get.


NRA, go away! Haven't you caused enough death and destruction already?


Dec 21, 2012 6:10PM

This reminds me of the idiots that want more prisons but don`t want to pay

for it.

Dec 21, 2012 6:01PM
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. 
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