Should Gig Harbor Schools Follow NRA's Suggestion for Armed Campus Security?

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.

In a Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "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 every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

LaPierre's speech was a call to supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

At the grassroots level, groups like Newtown United, a group of Newtown neighbors, are working to address major issues related to the tragedy, including gun control, violent media, mental health and legislation.

In stark contrast, LaPierre called for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who could be more present and respond more quickly than police.

"If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," LaPierre said. "And that security is only available with properly trained, armed 'good guys'."

LaPierre, who was interrupted twice by protesters who held signs in front of TV cameras, made a direct call for local action.

"I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work," he said.

In his speech, LaPierre also accused the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Do you think there should be armed security around Gig Harbor schools? Tell us in the comments.

Akiko Oda December 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Some comments so far on Gig Harbor Patch Facebook: Dan: "So does Mr LaPierre have a plan for keeping the bad guy from having the gun in the first place, which would negate having a problem in the first place - or does he believe both the bad guy and good guy have a right to have the guns? I don't understand his thinking." Sandra: "Let's put up tall fences with barb wire while we are at it, ridiculous!" James: "I myself have no children so I do not have a right to say yea, or nay, however; no amount of laws will ever stop a bad guy from obtaining a gun. So in that regard I believe there should have a last line of defense in place at all schools, malls, theaters, or where ever evil rears its nasty head... And if that means arming/traing teachers and staff then that's what must be done.... obviously the no gun zone laws don't work and you see the crime statistics from the UK since their ban on handguns."
AnaLise Maurins December 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
As American citizens it is our right to bear arms. This does not mean I think that individuals with violent, criminal, and or unstabilized mental disorders should have access to assault rifles. The criminally insane are just that, they have a chronic medical condition that needs to be taken seriously, treated, and monitored on a regular basis like any other chronic medical condition. Schools should have a team of armed officers, and teachers need to be well educated in psychology so that they may recognize someone who may be dangerous. Schools should also hold self defense classes, and each school needs to have a plan if a shooter were to occur. To take away the human right to bear arms goes against the Constitution of the United States of America and will increase the black market gun sales, resulting with more criminally insane people aquiring deadly weapons.
Robert Ellsworth December 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Sandra, your logic is flawed. The bad guys (mostly mental cases) are the problem not the guns. Our police system does not share mental health problems nationwide, there is little help for families with disturbed people. In the old days folks were locked up at the home. Now we're all warm and touchy with let's make them part of society. Do you know anyone with a child who is mentally disabled? Probably not because in most every case they can be a scary thing to deal with. When little it's not so bad and everyone is sympatico. Wait until you have a teenager who is bigger or tougher than you are, wait until they become an adult and you are getting older and weaker. The list goes on. The way we handle mental problems has to change, we have lots of gun laws and little enforcement. Would you like the same government who gives thousands of full auto assault rifles to Mexican Druglords now adding even more un enforced laws to the books? I would hope not. Today in many countries teachers carry guns, Israel and the Phillipines come to mind not to mention quite a few other third world places. Israeli teachers typically carry and are well trained. In the Phillipines they aren't so well trained but a teacher or Priest with an M14 select fire weapon in their classroom or church is often the sole reason the bad guys leave them alone. Give the job to the cops, if you don't like cops or teachers with guns don't cry out the next time an atrocity happens, Bob
Joe Flach December 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Should we arm our teachers with guns or put armed guards in every school, my prediction is that the next school killing would be an accidental discharge or a panicked teacher believing a threat existed where one did not and killing an innocent victim. The more guns you have, whether in the hands of good guys or bad, the more gun killings you will have. This is the same warped American mindset that resulted in the nuclear arms race. Out of fear of the bad guys having more or bigger weapons than us, we created enough nuclear weapons to kill us all a hundred times over. Out of our ignorance covered with fear, we are bound to kill many more innocent people in the name of defense. Have we already forgotten about the FL vigilante killer who shot the unarmed black male walking in his neighborhood because he perceived a threat? Is that the kind of society we want to live in? NO THANK YOU!
Ron December 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Wake up America the unions and SOCIALIST in the schools took god out and replaced Him with Gays, Socialist, and the ideoligy that they should share the profits of those who work for it, and do not have to work them selves.
Holly Blash-Wood December 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The short answer is "NO". Armed guards/police/mercenaries(?) in every facet of our lives leads to one place, Police State. Think about it.
Reaganart December 23, 2012 at 03:40 AM
OK...time for a rational thought. Would I rather be a student attending a school with a GIANT sign declaring it to be a GUN-free killing, er, uh, I mean gun free zone...? Nope. I would rather know there is a weapon between me and any armed kook out there. Gun control is taught at the range. If a teacher / principal has been to a safety course and knows how and when to pull the trigger, I am transferring to THAT school...! A panicked teacher emptying their magazine is a stretch. Oh. and as for police state, we are snuggled right up to it as I type.
employee December 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM
There is a reason that people are not allow to possess nerve gas, tanks and artilliery. It is because only military people who are trained and authorized to use them are allowed access. Now you yokels want to arm teachers with assualt weapons, seriously? So you think that maybe the teachers union would just foot the bill for this? Or are you willing to pay off duty police officers time and a half for their presence? Thats about 80 bucks an hour last time i checked. There are not enough cops to do that job, or teachers. We need to refund mental health care, limit access to guns by closing loopholes in the 5 day waiting period and make it illegle to possess assualt weapons and extended magizines. Wayne LaPierre is nothing but a gun salesman representing gun salesmen, they care nothing of the social costs, but only selling more guns and ammo.
employee December 24, 2012 at 02:18 AM
The so-called "press conference" (press conference with no questions allowed?) was not a disaster for the NRA - we just don't understand what it really was. The truth is the NRA is not an organization for "gun enthusiasts" - it is a lobbying group for the gun industry. That is why there was no talk at all about restrictions on buying semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines and body armor, no talk of closing the gun show loophole that allows guns to be sold without a license - absolutely no meaningful discussion on preventing weapons designed to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time from getting into anybody's hands besides the military and the police. The NRA wants armed officers at schools because that means the gun industry (the industry they lobby Congress for) can SELL MORE GUNS. 26 people died last week, and all the NRA can do is say America needs more guns - and not only that, more guns in the same buildings where our children learn. The gun lobby didn't hold a "press conference" on Friday - it unveiled what we call in retail a STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN.
Heather Benjamin December 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Well said 'employee' - my thoughts exactly. I'm not sure why they stopped at schools...probably because of the emotional connection. But I can recall , as I'm sure others can too, we had shootings at malls, theaters, & churches. I suppose we should "arm up" there as well? Lets use logic & approach a multifactoral problem with a multi-factorial solution. We don't need the NRA to simplify the problem, incite fear into law abiding gun owners, and leave us to be stripped by the gun lobbyists who are more concerned about lining their pockets than your safety.
AnaLise Corrine Maurins December 25, 2012 at 04:25 AM
You know Ron, it is the exact same hatred that you hold toward gays, and people who dont believe in god that drive people to become hostile towards one another. Your argument is spiteful, and irrelevant to this article. You are a narrow-minded person, that likes to blame everyone else for something that you have taken part of. Maybe you carry so much hate for the stereotypes listed above because you can relate to each and every one of them, but are to ashamed to show it. Ron, homophobia IS a mental condition. Would "god" want you to be judgemental and negative towards something that he "created".. something that he "loves"? Because, it is my understanding that Christians follow Jesus Christ, and it is people like you, who call themselves spiritual, that drive others away from their beliefs because of their actions. Think about it. May your inner demons rest.


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