Defiant NRA calls for officers with guns in ‘every school in the country’

by David Sherfinski, The Washington Times  |  published on December 22, 2012

The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association on Friday called for Congress to pass legislation and funding that would placed armed officers in every school in the country, indicating the group will go its own route in addressing the national furor over gun violence in schools in the wake of last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

In a defiant, determined tone, Wayne LaPierre said that it is the country’s duty to protect its children, adding that for all the “noise and anger” directed at the group in the last week, the question still remains: “How do we protect our children right now — starting today — in a way we know works?”

The NRA executive said the nation’s gun laws were not to blame for the Newtown, Conn., shooting, but instead the focus should be on the failure to deal adequately with the mentally ill, the decision not to deploy armed protection for the nation’s schools, a national media and an entertainment industry that glorifies violence and mass killers, and the failure to prosecute violent criminals.

Mr. LaPierre blasted “gun-free zones” for schools, saying they’re simply open advertisements to “every insane killer in America” that schools “are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. … It’s not just our duty to protect [our children]; it’s our right to protect them.”

He questioned what might have happened if shooter Adam Lanza had been confronted by an armed guard at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

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