NRA: ‘Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With a Gun’

Melanie Arter | December 21, 2012 | 11:31am EST
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where Adam Lanza fatally shot 27 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

( - Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, on Friday called on school officials to immediately come up with a plan to place armed security in every school in America.

“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?” he asked.

One week ago, 26 people were gunned down – 20 of them children – when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Then, he took his own life.

“Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” LaPierre said.

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He pointed out that banks protect their money with armed guards, the president is protected by armed Secret Service agents, and members of Congress are protected by the Capitol Police. Yet, children aren’t afforded the same protection.

“How have our nation’s priorities gotten so 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,” LaPierre said.

“We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. 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 everyday utterly defenseless,” he said.

“And the monsters and the predators of the world know it and exploit it,” LaPierre added.

LaPierre suggested that “the next Adam Lanza” could be plotting to attack a school “at this very moment” given that society “is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters – people that are so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can ever possibly comprehend them.”

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

LaPierre had proposed the idea of armed security in schools five years after the Virginia Tech massacre, and the media called him “crazy,” he said.

“But what if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he’d been confronted by qualified armed security? Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 little kids that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day?” LaPierre asked.

“Is the press and the political class here in Washington, D.C., so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and American 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 those children in her care? No one – regardless of personal political prejudice – has the right to impose that sacrifice,” he added.

LaPierre questioned the priorities of the United States spending money on foreign aid but not on protecting children at school. He pointed out that President Barack Obama “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 the United States does, with all the money in the federal budget, can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?” he said.

“Even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the right, the ability and the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm,” LaPierre added.

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