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NRA Proposes National School Safety Program

EVP Wayne LaPierre Taps Asa Hutchinson to Head National School Shield Emergency Response Program.

12/21/2012

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre today announced plans for a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program, to be headed by former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson. Learn more about the program and read the complete transcript of the press conference below. For more information, go to NRA.org.

WAYNE LAPIERRE

The National Rifle Association's 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut … who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.

Now, we must speak … for the safety of our nation's children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?

The only way to answer that question is to face up to the truth.

Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. How have our nation's priorities gotten so far 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.

We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers.

Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!

The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment?

How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark. A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?

And the fact is, that wouldn't even begin to address the much larger and more lethal criminal class: Killers, robbers, rapists and drug gang members who have spread like cancer in every community in this country. Meanwhile, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40 percent — to the lowest levels in a decade.

So now, due to a declining willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years! Add another hurricane, terrorist attack or some other natural or man-made disaster, and you've got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.

And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it "entertainment."

But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography? In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. And throughout it all, too many in our national media … their corporate owners … and their stockholders … act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.

The media call semi-automatic firearms "machine guns" — they claim these civilian semi-automatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers ... when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don't know what they're talking about!

Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed!

As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it.

As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school.

The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. 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?

Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow morning: "More guns," you'll claim, "are the NRA's answer to everything!" Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word "gun" automatically become a bad word?

A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting the President isn't a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn't a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

So why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our President or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools?

They're our kids. They're our responsibility. And it's not just our duty to protect them — it's our right to protect them.

You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?

Will you at least admit it's possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? Is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative?

Is the press and political class here in Washington so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and America’s 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 the children in her care? No one — regardless of personal political prejudice — has the right to impose that sacrifice.

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49 Responses to NRA Proposes National School Safety Program

Brian Offord wrote:
January 18, 2013

If you are looking for volunteers - in any capacity - count me in. Long ago I was a national competitor in the sport of riflery, an interest than never waned even though my involvement did. Recently I retired as a senior officer (O-6) from the Coast Guard and have been looking for a project that will enable me to a make a difference. I can't think of anything more worthwhile than using my professional expertise in emergency preparedness to protect our kids. Email me, tell me what you need, and I'll be there.

JohnP wrote:
January 08, 2013

Excellent initiative -hooah! For those of you interested in looking further in this area, recommend the Book "Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School", by Michael and Chris Dorn. Additionally, check out the Research by LTC (ret) Dave Grossman at the Killology Research Group http://killology.com This site has publications In particular articles about school safety that are well worth a read. Additionally,you may find the following articles regarding violent video games, and gratuitous violence in Rap music and video/movie entertainment worth a review: Teaching Kids to Kill - LTC Dave Grossman, Author Trained to Kill - LTC Dave Grossman, Author There is research in the UK, AUS and the U.S. going back at least to the 1990's addressing gratuitous violence in entertainment media and the link to resulting violent behavior in youth (and most likely the mentally unstable).

Paul wrote:
January 05, 2013

I along with two other retired police officers. One Chief ,Detective and SRO are starting a company to provide security to our local schools. There is a lot more involved than just saying lets do it. Remember if you go into a school on your own to provide security you are taking on a huge personal responsibility and liability. Our school district is very supportive and is willing to pay for security. Since our force will be retired officers they don't need benefits and are willing to help keep the cost down. We are getting liability insurance to protect our employees. So no one is putting their personal assets at stake and we are doing this in a state that's not the most gun friendly. Our local police force in the last few years was cut by 1/3 it's size and even if the school could pay they don't have the personnel available to go in the school and many PD's are in the same situation around the country. The retired men and women are the perfect solution in our state to help this problem. We are moving fast on getting this up and running and hope to have our first security officers in the school in the next few weeks. I agree this will be best handled and fixed at the local level just be sure to proceed with caution. My school district would have hired retired officer to do security even on their own and I love their willingness to be a part of the solution but we still have to protect train and make sure they are fully qualified of doing the job properly and safely and with the least amount of liability on them.

Lee wrote:
January 03, 2013

A good plan. Too bad it will fall on largely deaf ears. Politicians are no more interested in solving this problem than they are in using this tragidy as political grist in their war on gun ownership. Which makes them just as culpable as that deranged punk who killed all those poor innocents in that school. Of course we should protect the Kids and the Teachers! It's obvious to anybody with a brain. Fortunately, many local municipalities will take matters into their own hands and secure the schools the best way they can.

Rob wrote:
January 03, 2013

I applause the NRA for selecting Rep. Hutchinson for this task. I was a Watchdog Dad when my boys were in elementary school and thought it was a good program. At the initial meeting (years ago) the Watchdog representative made fun of the NRA for supporting armed teachers. Also the dads sort of got treated as play toys and gofors for teachers and administrators. Perhaps Congress should offer tax break incentives to age active and retired LE to volunteer and provide some support for skill maintenance. I also support an armed teacher for those who volunteer, are screened, and provided proper training like the armed pilot program. Of all the active killers I can think of, I am only aware of one or two had any military training. The rest would have been seriously checkmated if they had to face a well trained, determined sheepdog.

Mike Brand wrote:
January 01, 2013

Now we will find out if we have wasted twenty four million dollars of members money. Washington goes where the money flow's and the wind blows. Right now its blowing in our faces. Lets see how many of these second ammendment supporters are still with us when the dust settles? I would be most supprised if the majority are still standing with us. Facts have nothing to do with this its all what the great leader and Bloomburg prayed for a emotional train wreck to push their agenda. Time to lock and load?

KARY BRUMLEY wrote:
December 30, 2012

I agree with many that posted it is time to take action now. Leadership is what will win the hearts and minds of sceptics.

Tim Richardson wrote:
December 27, 2012

Hear,hear ! I am in total agreement with your position. Where do I sign up. ,

John Quinley wrote:
December 27, 2012

Thank you. My annual fee is being put to good use.

saundra hamilton wrote:
December 27, 2012

MRS has stepped up and thank you for doing so.

E. Sinclair wrote:
December 26, 2012

I'll volunteer my time and pay for my own training, certification and background check. Where do I sign up?

Mike Jendrossek wrote:
December 24, 2012

Asa needs to start getting the ground work for volunteer organization going! Action speaks louder that words. If we're serious about this now's the time to act. I started a facebook campaign amoungst my retired Coast Guard brothers and sisters to get this going; SO LET'S GET THIS GOING!

Pat Morganthaler wrote:
December 23, 2012

Watching the news programs from Sunday morning just got my blood boiling. I was not impressed by a lot of the answers the NRA reps were giving when asked certain questions. The NRA needs to be on the offense and answer the questions asked more direct . I think putting armed guards in the schools would be a great start to the problem. The reality of that is that it's going to take time to get it in place. No police departments have the personal to unload off the streets and place them in schools and I don't think volunteers is the solution either. I'm a reserve police officer my self and I know how hard it is to volunteer your time to the community.

TERENA RADOSH wrote:
December 23, 2012

PUT OUR VETS IN SCHOOLS IT IS THE ONLY WAY OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE AFRAID

Wayne Justinen wrote:
December 23, 2012

I'm a Canadian, so take my comments in that context. Our nations are full of responsible, loving men and women who are qualified to carry concealed weapons. As you are well aware, their presence in schools and other locations currently designated as free fire zones would be a good thing. The idea that the appropriate response to a school shooting is dozens of police officers, armed with patrol rifles and pistols, showing up to deal with a suicidal killer's corpse - and multiple innocent casualties - is an obscenity not to be contemplated. Armed teachers, custodians, parents and grandparents are far more likely to be on site than are police - and can be expected to handle an active shooter just as well as police, if they were on site. While police and armed security are an appropriate addition to schools - if their other functions, those which go well beyond providing an armed presence, are needed. However, most schools with those requirements already have police resource officers or security personnel on site. I fear that Wayne's speech, because of what seems to have been an attempt at political correctness, may have obscured the essential fact that problem one is to SURVIVE THE ATTACK.

Adam Sloan Houck wrote:
December 23, 2012

I am a four combat tour veteran three years in all over Iraq and one year all over southern afghanistan did four years of armed security in Cleveland Ohio and have just completed ther Police academy. The N.R.A. Has the only answer to this problem that makes any sense. Well spoken Mr. Lapierre

David G wrote:
December 23, 2012

The answer to the Newtown, Connecticult tragedy is not more federal government spending, not more big government. I support your position that we a police office in every school but that it should be funded at the state and local level. I live in Tallahassee, Florida and we have a Sheriff in each school. If we put this spending at the federal level we will lose control of it and it will soon become like the TSA, a big bureaucracy. It will be better controlled and kept at the right size needed at the local level. I

tthomas wrote:
December 23, 2012

I work at a school as the Director of Security....This is a good program! NRA please help me and my school!

Jeepsrs wrote:
December 23, 2012

Thank You NRA. I agree with you 100[%]. Proud NRA Member.

Larry P. Thomas wrote:
December 23, 2012

This is a great plan. How do we get some retired military personnel to come forward and help us secure our schools. A combined effort with the local police, county sheriffs, military personnel, NRA members, school employees, and anyone trained in security that will assist in training school personnel that want to make their schools safer. It must be a joint effort by each community.

Benny Morosco wrote:
December 22, 2012

Proud to be a member of the NRA!!!

James Bainter wrote:
December 22, 2012

Finally a program that makes sense. Who in the world can be against protecting our children as we would other valuable items when the children are our most valuable asset. Thanks NRA!

Robert Linton wrote:
December 22, 2012

Nice call on the media and hollywood. we need the mentally ill to be listed with the felons and those convicted of domestic violenceComments...

Andy wrote:
December 22, 2012

This makes too much sense ! Sign me up. Retired school administrator/teacher (37 years). Firearm safety trained tru NRA. CCP

Kenneth Kuhn wrote:
December 22, 2012

While I have respect for Mr LaPierre's position I cannot agree. Schools do not have the resources to have paid teachers with guns. Arming schools is not cost effective as teaching anger management. What we need it to have teachers teach children of all ages anger control and management.

Mike Jendrossek wrote:
December 22, 2012

Wayne needs to propose a National program of NRA trained volunteers. I'm a NRA Life member and a retired U.S. Coast Guard LCDR. I trained, I have the gear, and I would protect our greatest natural resource FREE OF CHARGE! Get ahead of this NRA! Take the LEAD! Show the cowards in Washington the leadership we (The NRA) have demonstrated in the past! DO IT NOW!

Mack Missiletoe wrote:
December 22, 2012

Very Well said and this makes much more sense than disarming America! Or putting gun bans on the good guys while the bad guys ignore them. Y;all hit a lot of points that the anti=gun people are always arguing about. You really cannot argue with this: The only way to take an evil active shooter down is with an armed good guy or a group of armed good guys. Be it Police, Security, Military or civilians. I just don't get why certain people want to take our liberties away after some psycho goes to a gun-free zone and hurts others. Just ridiculous!

bert wrote:
December 21, 2012

I retired from the military in 95the after serving 26 yrs. I was a weapons instructor. I agree and feel that all teachers and staff should be trained and annual weapons qualified. And all entrances to schools be clearly marked WE ARE ARMED AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR STUDENTS

Bradley Gentry wrote:
December 21, 2012

Thank you

J White wrote:
December 21, 2012

What a well planned, comprehensive, practical plan for immediate action and a model of leadership with backbone. Thank Jesus for the NRA. With my appreciation and prayers.

Jim Clark wrote:
December 21, 2012

Good Plan!! As a suggestion - perhaps the NRA might consider proposing legislation that would flag the caregivers for mentally defective persons living in the same house in the same way in the FBI's back ground check system that the VA flags mentally defective wounded veterans to prevent them from having access to weapons, Prior to getting off the list a caregiver (parents) would have to take training and demonstrate they have taken appropriate security measures to deny weapons access to their mentally defective dependent. It's just simply unbelievable to me that these seemingly intelligent adult parents of these mentally screwed up kids permit them unsecured access to firearms.

J White wrote:
December 21, 2012

What a well planned, comprehensive, practical plan for immediate action and a model of leadership with backbone. Thank Jesus for the NRA. With my appreciation and prayers.

Dominic Moya wrote:
December 21, 2012

Way to go NRA, atleast someone has a realistic idea to protect our kids. We don't need a committee Mr. President, we need action.

Ralph B Gilley wrote:
December 21, 2012

Thank goodness for sensible thoughts and actions.

Norman Lowery wrote:
December 21, 2012

Outstanding speech, backed up by ability, accountability and resources. Absent of political 'horse apples'.

Dan Chandler wrote:
December 21, 2012

Home run hit NRA!!!! Solid speech and great ideas. I would be willing to train for this or help sponsor a School Shield.

Brandi Lingard wrote:
December 21, 2012

Great idea.. let's stop coming up with band aide solutions to fix every problem and instead look at the underlying issues. We need to be proactive and deal with the source of the issue rather than always dealing with the outcome. We need to address the reasons why such awful things happen rather than trying to focus on how we can limit the loss. It is in the nature of most Americans to be reactive because being proactive takes patience. Frankly.. we aren't PAYING ATTENTION. You can't rebuild a crumbling wall without fixing the foundation first. Why are school counselling budgets across the country being cut in half? Start looking at how to reach out to these kids as so many are being left behind while we look the other way. Maybe instead of spending nearly a $1 trillion on "defense" spending we can use that money trying to figure out social issues, dealing with troubled people earlier in life and giving them an opportunity to have a productive life. It is intellectually lazy to simply say there are just bad people out there and it just happens. Maybe the media could flood the country with messages that might make a difference rather than 24 hr funeral coverage. Start taking action instead of blaming these tragedy's on video games and guns.

susan George wrote:
December 21, 2012

I worked at the schools for 19 yrs. I too had to hide from someone coming in our school with guns and other things to hurt people. the lock down will only let them kill more because they have us hide in a corner, so when the gunman comes in we are all agthered and he can kill us in groups. I has a teacher would have got a gun and went hunting for the gunsman.. I know we have teachers that think the same as I but when talking to addmintertation they wouldd not even think about letting us put guns in our rooms.. this has been a isue for yrs.. when will they get it!!

Eric Keeler wrote:
December 21, 2012

I would like every person that gets this to read through and if you feel this is important to you then like and share this posting we are going to need the help of every decent American to back our gun rights. I believe that the NRA was not blaming movies, guns or video games. You can’t put blame on any one of these things but they were trying to get at you have to blame society and all the things we do and like if you are going to put the blame anywhere. yes people kill people and I love my guns as I like playing some kinds of war games. But like with everything some PEOPLE can't handle these kind of things. because they get tired of just playing and they want to start acting things out. yes I feel this makes some people in my standards not stable just like allot of alcoholics or drug attics some cant handle it. I am asking everyone to do what they can to support the NRA or your favorite gun advocate any way possible in protecting our RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS with contributions and even more your important is your prayers. Thank you

Joseph B Campbell wrote:
December 21, 2012

I'm sorry I doubted you. Next problem is to make it work. I would like to help if possible.

John wrote:
December 21, 2012

I wish someone would post a real video of the plan. Not just he protest.

Hugh wrote:
December 21, 2012

Thank you for adding logic and real reson to this terible tragity.

Rob wrote:
December 21, 2012

As a trained and licensed armed security professional, I would be willing to donate time to such an endeavor. Across the nation, schools have responded to horrific incidents of school violence by stationing certified police resource officers in schools. I applaud the effort, but condemn the waste of resources. Tying up police officers in babysitting schools for no other reason that because they are armed prevents them from performing the duties for which they were hired, fighting crime and protecting their community. There is no need to waste such valuable law enforcement resources when any competent professional can serve the same purpose for a much lower cost to cash-strapped school districts. This is the right solution at the right time. It gets the job done, doesn't cost outrageous sums, and doesn't give the government more power at the expense of the People. I'd like to help, where do I sign?

Ryan Nordlund wrote:
December 21, 2012

I strongly disagree with the blame put on vids and horror movies just like I disagree with blaming certain types of guns. Crazy is crazy and evil is evil. Mental health should be the focus.

gabriel wrote:
December 21, 2012

Thanks for standing tall hoorah!!

Jack Stringer wrote:
December 21, 2012

A plan that makes sense but hopes our elected officials u their common sense to see that.

felicia mesple wrote:
December 21, 2012

Thank You Thank You for speaking the truth... I am a mother of 4 and this has inspired me to take action..TAKE ACTION NOW.. Take care of our children...I am the newest member in the NRA and i will support national school safety program!!!

David Smith wrote:
December 21, 2012

Great job NRA!

Dave Tuttle wrote:
December 21, 2012

Way to go NRA. I applaud you and your members for standing up in our time of need.Thank You