NRA Chief: 'Call Me Crazy' on Armed Guards
Wayne LaPierre says assault weapons ban is 'phony legislation'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2012 10:01 AM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2012 1:44 PM CST
Wayne LaPierre Jr. appeared on "Meet the Press" this morning.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

(Newser) – NRA chief Wayne LaPierre walked into the lion's den this morning, and quite literally stuck to his guns, doubling down on his assertion that every school should have an armed guard and refusing to budge on bullet-magazine capacity or gun control legislation. "If it's crazy to call for armed officers in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe," said LaPierre. Highlights from his appearance on Meet the Press, via Politico:

  • On Joe Biden's review of gun violence: "If it's gun safety, I think the best person to represent the NRA is Congressman Asa Hutchinson on that." But, "if it's a panel that's just going to be made up of a bunch of people that for the last 20 years have been trying to destroy the Second Amendment, I'm not interested in sitting on that panel. The NRA is not going to let people lose the Second Amendment in this country."
  • On the NRA's relevance: "Our support is always the American people, decade in and decade out. (It's) about the average guy ... and the average guy in the country values his freedom, doesn't believe the fact he can own a gun is part of the problem."
  • On cutting magazine capacity: "We don't think it works and we're not going to support it." When asked by David Gregory if the death toll would have been less if Adam Lanza's clips had fewer bullets, LaPierre responded: "I don't buy your argument for a minute. There are so many different ways he could have done it, there are an endless amount of ways a monster could do it."
  • Meanwhile, Hutchinson on armed guards: "I've made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law, that every school has this. There should be local choice, but absolutely, I believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation."

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gmcft
Dec 26, 2012 2:23 PM CST
WHO HAS KIDS WITH SCHOOL ARMED GUARDS? OBAMA NBC HOST DICK GREGORY Flashback: Clinton Requests $60 Million to Put Cops in Schools John Nolte 21 Dec 2012 Today, the same elite media who no doubt send their own kids to private schools that employ armed security, just can't stop howling ridicule at the NRA's idea to give every student in America those same protections. Because the NRA's idea is so appealing, as I write this, the media's going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch. This is how the media works to silence and vilify the opposition and to ensure that only their ideas control The Narrative. The media doesn't care about securing our schools; they only care about coming after our guns and handing Obama another political win. The media also doesn’t care how wildly hypocritical they look. In their zeal to rampage this left-wing agenda, the media has apparently forgotten that back in 2000, on the one-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting (which occurred with an assault weapons ban in place), President Clinton requested $60 million in federal money to fund a fifth round of funding for a program called "COPS in School," a program that does exactly what the NRA is proposing and the media is currently in overdrive mocking. Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for "COPS in School," a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities. "Already, it has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need," Clinton said. The media is not only so driven to ensure Sandy Hook is used to win this round on gun control that they've become morally blinded to what really needs to be done to immediately secure our schools; they've lost their grip historically and politically. Think about it: The media is entering a new year attempting to convince parents that their children will be less safe with a policeman in their school.
Nuvolari
Dec 26, 2012 2:15 PM CST
It's unfortunate the media plays such a role in shaping this argument and playing on peoples' fears and hysteria regarding crazies like those in Newtown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and other locations. I'm disgusted the media portrays gun owners as "gun nuts" and doesn't mention cases where those licensed and trained for concealed carry have saved lives or interrupted crimes. This is a polarizing issue and emotions run high on both sides. My position: enforce the gun laws we have now, make it a federal crime to use a firearm of any kind in the commission of a crime with a mandatory sentence of, say, 30 years; even though I am a gun owner I say we shoud have the discussion on limited magazine capacities in .223 and higher calibers, something has to be done in schools (the preferred killing grounds of these murderers) where pukes like this Newtown POS gained access all too easily, the media needs to quit glorifying these jokers because I think they all crave the notoriety for their sorry, empty, pitiful lives even if it comes posthumously; let's take cracks and comments about 'going postal' as seriously as we do the same being said when boarding airplanes, push RESPONSIBLE gun ownership, get the mentally unhealthy the help they need, and more actively parent your children and limit their use of first person shooter video games, especially if they have trouble with reasoning or other mental issues. These are dark days for gun owners and dark days for America as a society and a culture (copy-cat killings, the Newtown church threat and this latest whack job in New York starting a fire and shooting first responders). That's all I got. Thanks and be well.
AnimeOtaku
Dec 24, 2012 8:58 PM CST
I don't call it crazy I call it Dementia and Senility due to his advanced age. Why is it that for most old people the first thing to go is your mental,cognitive,and emotional flexibility!? All I can say is that I've just turned 42 and GOD PLEASE don't let me see beyond 65 if I'm going to turn into a recalcitrant,ridgid old mummy of a fart PLEASE!?