NRA: Put ‘Armed Police Officers’ in Every School

In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools


During its first press conference since the Sandy Hook School shooting last Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for schools to be guarded by armed police.

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

He said school children are defenseless "and the predators of the world know it and exploit it."

LaPierre urged Congress  ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.

At least one Patch reader does not agree.

"We can't even afford teachers," said Mike Barbas on the Middletown Patch Facebook page.  "Good guys with guns is not the answer."

What do you think about the NRA's call for armed police officers in our schools? Tell us in the comments!

Growing more concerned by the day! December 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM
There is no one single answer to resolve this problem. I gaurentee that whatever solution(s) are implemented, the crazies will come-up with something else.I truely believe suggestions need to be promoted on the National level, but Solutions need to be enacted at the local level by the people directly involved... less political, more grass roots. If the community (Woonsocket for instance) wants trained, armed resource offices in the schools they should be there. If the parent objects, the city should provide an alternative solution .... who knows what that will be but the community must decide. The dialog that needs to take place must open and honest and look at the pro's and con's of each suggestion so we can be fully informed to make the right the decisions for our community..... no one is saying this will be easy, but WE will own what we decide and will not be able to point to someone else in the future. I call on our elected officials to call for a series of town hall meetings with parents of children in our schools today to begin the dialog. The only roll of the elected officials should be to initiated the meetings, provide the venue, establish some guiding principles to help facilitate the meetings, and resources to capture the thoughts and ideas of the people. No ideas should be discounted for any reason until we get to the solutioning phase.....One last thing, only parents with children in the school system can speak on this issue in this public forum.
JWD December 22, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Woonsocket already has a paid full time officer at the high school. He basically sits in a backroom playing solitaire and the computer all day. A complete waste of our tax dollars.
Yvette M Ayotte December 23, 2012 at 01:40 AM
We definitely have to do something quick to protect our children. I don't believe our police officers should be in the schools, I believe that we should take our marines out of the other countries and bring them back here to protect our schools, putting in panic doors and alarm systems in every room wouldn't hurt.
Jerry December 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Who are you to say who can speak and who can't speak. People have grandchildren that attend schools also. Don't be so narrowminded, and remember, guns don't kill, people kill....
Misty Harbor December 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Eveyone should comment, not just parents.
Lu December 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Well thought out letter, in particular the suggestion that the politicians limit their involvement to FACILITATING, LISTENING & MAKING NOTE. I would sugggest that they could much better listen and make note of the citizenries feelings in their office. It is, after all, representative government. That is the means of redress that should be utilized. Of all the public meetings that I've witnessed these past few years, regardless of purpose, they end up degenerating into shouting matches. They are far from being productive. Phone, write or visit your representative on the matter. A one on one with him without the distractions of the masses would be more appropriate venue for both you and the representative.
Yvette M Ayotte December 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
JWD, I'm sorry to say that you are so wrong!! I've seen the police patrolling around the shool and they even walk in the woods etc. I'm at the park and I've been seeing this for months now.
English first December 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Most schools have 4-6 doorways. Where should the officer sit? Social Security offices and food stamp offices have security guards who tell you to get off the cell phone as they sit and text others.
English first December 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
If an officer stands by the door with a gun a shooter can just come in with two guns.Schools do not need guns. They need guidance counselors.
Memere December 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I agree on having a public forum but, anyone who wants to attend should be allowed to speak whether they have children in schools or not. The tax payers would be footing the bill for the extra police needed for this and should therefore have input on this decision. Also, what about teachers and other school personnel? They should be allowed to speak also because in a crisis situation, their lives are on the line also. Look at the teachers who lost their life in CT. And school personnel, who deal with the students everyday, may have some ideas that parents are not thinking of. To limit this discussion to parents only is extremely narrow minded.
Memere December 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
JWD, I'm sure that the police officer assigned to the high school does a whole lot more than sit in a back room playing solitaire all day. He would not be there if he was not needed and I'm sure the school staff greatly appreciates him being there. To make a comment such as you have made is very mean-spirited and ignorant considering what just happened in CT.
give me a break December 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
police details should be paid for by the NRA
Growing more concerned by the day! December 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
OK... I'm open to broadening the stakeholders to Parents and Guardians. Anything more will dilute the debate and foster special interest and politics into something that is the ultimate choice of the people who put the safety of their children into the hands of others. I am a constitutional conservative who will defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to my death. Because a select group is not invited to a venue to discuss ideas is not a denial of their right to free speech, it’s a proven technique to advance solutions to problems directly impacting core constituencies. There should be forum later in the process for public comment prior to the legislative process, there is where additional dialog can take place.
English first December 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Good one Taxed to death.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yeah, this sounds about right in today’s “Don’t blame me” society: If you’re fat, sue McDonalds If you’re drunk, sue Anheuser Busch If you’re speeding, sue GM & Toyota If you smoke, sue the tobacco companies If you’re drinking too much Coke, sue Coke and then sue the 32oz. cup makers (two for one) If you shoot someone, sue the NRA and Smith & Wesson (two for one) Just remember, IT’S NOT MT FAULT! What a great society we’re living in now. Don’t blame me, it ain’t my fault right?


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