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Do You Think the NRA Is Concerned About School Safety?

Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday


On Sunday morning Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) appeared on NBC's Meet the Press to defend his controversial call to put put armed police officers in our nations schools.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre told NBC’s David Gregory.

The New York Post called LaPierre a "gun nut" and "NRA loon” on its Saturday’s cover.

LaPierre first urged Congress to act on Friday morning, which was the the one week anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.  

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," he said on Friday.  

Local residents had mixed reactions to the NRA's call for armed police officers in schools.

"Good guys with guns is not the answer," said Mike Barbas on the Middletown Patch Facebook page.

Middletown Resident Craig Pruitt said NRA's idea is worth considering.

"It may be more effective and cheaper than banning guns," he said.  "Also, it will create jobs."

LaPierre said that the media demonizes guns, but suggested that guns could had stopped Adam Lanza.  

“I know there’s a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens,” he said.

In a joint statement, The National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers said instead of armed police officers, they would rather see a boost in mental health services, bully prevention and reasonable gun control legislation.

What do you think? Is the NRA leveraging the tragedy in Newtown to push their own gun agenda?  Or do you think the NRA is legitimately concerned about school saftey? Do you think Tiverton public schools need armed school resource officers?

Tell us in the comments below.

Joe Sousa. December 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Since many members have children ,grand children ,and great grand children there is a great concern for their safety. They also want to protect them every where else .People who question our believes, or think we are being deliberately obtuse are not in check with reality. Their emotions out weigh common sense.
b kcaj December 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
And Joe, your love of these killing machines are not in check with reality. You get some kind of perverse thrill from holding and caressing your guns. Why don't you do the world a favor and try collecting something a little less lethal than guns-maybe stamps?
RU Serious? December 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
So let me get this straight.. we take away all the legal guns, and leave the millions of illegal guns in the hands of criminals and expect them not to have a free-for-all? And then we expect the small police presence in these towns to miraculously be able to handle these situations, and then turn on them when a tragedy like this occurs. Seems like a solid plan. Nothing could ever go wrong with this at all. Where do I sign up to turn in my collection? Also, taking away the legally owned guns instantly takes away your freedom, and will allow your government to turn you into the mindless, government dependent drones they want. Ask anyone who ever read about 1939 Germany. What was the first thing that the Nazis' went for when they got power? Hey guess what, it was gun control. Anyone want to venture a guess why? Can't fight against tyranny with pitchforks and plowshares when the oppressor has real weapons.
Naome Lixes December 27, 2012 at 02:42 PM
"Ask anyone who ever read about 1939 Germany. What was the first thing that the Nazis' went for when they got power? Hey guess what, it was gun control." That's been debunked as a pious myth. http://www.rkba.org/research/rkba.faq Published in 1995...(yet here we are, again) The "Hitler" Quote That Wouldn't Die: "1935 Will Go Down In History!" "This year* will go down in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" --falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler, "Abschied vom Hessenland!" The Nazis controlled all aspects of public and private life - it's impossible to separate which provisions in our Bill of Rights they most denied to their citizens. They slaughtered their own, after confiscating all freedoms. The notion that a ghetto full of poorly-armed, half starved cobblers would effectively resist THE most mechanized, modern army in the World is ludicrous. It's almost as sad as the idea that these home arsenals are effective in defense against threats, foreign or domestic. It's increasingly clear that untrained individuals who appear to consider themselves above the law are a more pervasive and genuine threat. Gun buy backs work. Just ask the Ozzies.. http://ftp.iza.org/dp4995.pdf Mass shootings there, since 1996? ZERO
Tuna man December 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
This all should be a mental health issue not a gun control one. Who were the ones pushing for a very liberal mental health system in the very early 70's? ACLU was one of the big pushers for releasing people with mental health problems from programs where they could be helped. It became if the person is not a danger to themselves or others then let them out and roam around the country like everyone else. Well surprise we suddenly get problems with these people as they can and do become a danger to themselves and others as they are not getting the help they need. These people don't need guns to hurt or kill others as knives will also work for them. Do we now ban all steak knives so we can feel good knowing we are now safe from these untreated people? They will then go and get baseball bats and we then ban them. Were does it end? Until we get these people the help they need it will never end and if they have to be institutionalized for treatment then do it for them as well as for ourselves and for our children's future.
Tuna man December 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Ghetto full of poorly armed half starved cobblers? Sounds like what happened in Warsaw with the Jew's, bless them finally revolted against the German war machine with just rifles and pistols but they fought and died for what they believed in and for their freedom. Oh and gun control in Germany was not for anyone who was a Nazis party member. They could have just about anything they wanted. Not a party member? They we take your guns away as you don't need them which was their way of saying we don't trust you and you could use them against the party at anytime. Did it happen this way? You bet it did. I know of one German family who buried their shotguns on the family farm when the Nazis were coming to get the guns.
Naome Lixes December 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
"This all should be a mental health issue not a gun control one." Right - let's go after the crazy people, and ignore the weapons. Brilliant. "Who were the ones pushing for a very liberal mental health system in the very early 70's? ACLU was one of the big pushers for releasing people with mental health problems from programs where they could be helped." I call shenaningans, this is a steaming load of male bovine excreta. Cite your source, Carnac. Defunding mental health services started under Reagan, when the Mental Health Systems Act was rescinded. The irony? He was shot by a lapsed mental patient. http://www.sociology.org/content/vol003.004/thomas.html "These people don't need guns to hurt or kill others as knives will also work for them." Then why are they using guns? Or sledgehammers? Or Toasters. When you gun-rights kooks insist that the weapon contributes nothing to the carnage you come off as, well - deranged. Not the sort of person you want armed. "They will then go and get baseball bats and we then ban them. Were does it end?" The progression has been toward ever more lethal weapons, not back to clubs. Get the drift, genius? "...then do it for them as well as for ourselves and for our children's future." Right, the same generation that has been gutting the schools cares about kids. Crocodile tears don't become you Tea Party Hyenas.
Joe Sousa. December 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
perverse thrill is what you get acting like an ass on this site ,Richard.
Joe Sousa. December 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thankfully congress is still controlled by logical representatives who know the real problem.
Naome Lixes December 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
"Did it happen this way? You bet it did. I know of one German family who buried their shotguns on the family farm when the Nazis were coming to get the guns." Cool story, Brah. Can we stay on topic, please? You're grasp of history is as tenuous as you're grip on reality - which is to say, not so firm. I suspect that's why y'all love guns. For a change, to hold something firm and powerful in your hands...
Naome Lixes December 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Like Jack Kingston and Lindsey Graham, you betcha... We're coming for YOUR guns, Joe...it's just a matter of time. http://www.politicususa.com/hope.html
Just Another Taxpayer December 27, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Joe loves his guns so much, he likes to sleep with them.
Dan December 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I am tired of the anti gun cries and yelps for some ideological victory they think they have won due to the fact that children were murdered by a Satanist ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250608/Adam-Lanzas-classmate-reveals-Sandy-Hook-gunman-online-devil-worshiping-page.html ) who was doped up on god knows what psychotropic drugs that were prescribed to him by a "doctor" aka " a shrink". The kid was completely unstable and didn't get the attention that was needed, obviously. And then you have people like Naome Lixes who should have the mental hospital called on them because they are obviously living in a different state of reality then everyone else with the understanding that guns kill people not people who kill other people. Whoever you are, you're repeating garbage. It was reported that the Colorado Movie Theater, the Sheik Temple, and Newtown had some things in common. The shooters were on psychiatric medications. This will be America 10 years down the road once they start these little laws that aren't going to do a goddamn thing. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4581871.stm I'll feel bad for the elderly as they are usually the first to be targeted by home intruders.
Dan December 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
It's quite interesting too, because I don't see many of you on the forums crying and yelling when a wedding of 200 people are killed in Afghanistan with a missile from a US Drone. I don't see you holding a vigil for the 150 Pakistani kids that were killed these last few months by our war. I don't see you freaking out about the thousands of deformed children born in Iraq from the Depleted Uranium rounds that were used one Iraq ( http://www.iinanews.com/en/images/birth%20defects.jpg ). Yet you have a meltdown when it happens here. It really shows your true light. So just go back to sleep in your little bubbles called the "comfort zone" and let the big people take care of the big problems.
Dan December 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
And for anyone citing Australian Ozzies Gun Control is working, is coming at you from one angle. What they are not telling you about Australia is that their violent crime rates commited with Bats, Knives and Swords have increased over 1000% since the gun ban. Violent crimes such as Breaking and Entering, Sexual Assaults, and Assaults. http://www.libertybelles.org/articles/knifeban.htm http://www.assistedknife.com/index.cfm/fa/subcategories.main/parentcat/28243/subcatid/81572 So for all of you whiney anti gun babies. In fact from the study posted below more children are carrying knives because of all the other criminals carrying knives. So everyone and their mother is walking around with knives. http://aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/401-420/tandi417.html http://aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/401-420/tandi417.html
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM
"It was reported that the Colorado Movie Theater, the Sheik Temple, and Newtown had some things in common. The shooters were on psychiatric medications." I suppose you can back that up? G'head. One thing we do know - they all shot up a room full of unarmed people with a legal, semi-automatic weapon. Parse, that Dipstick.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Way to change the subject.. "So just go back to sleep in your little bubbles called the "comfort zone" and let the big people take care of the big problems." That's you, is it?
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
"I am tired of the anti gun cries and yelps for some ideological victory they think they have won due to the fact that children were murdered by a Satanist..." - Dan, who has an imprint of his nose on his knee http://www.examiner.com/article/former-classmate-connecticut-school-shooter-adam-lanza-worshipped-the-devil "The Mail, citing The National Enquirer, notes that Trevor L. Todd told the tabloid that Lanza’s satanic webpage “gave him the chills.” The National Enquirer broke this story, and you accept it at face value? "...they are obviously living in a different state of reality then everyone else with the understanding that guns kill people not people who kill other people.Whoever you are, you're repeating garbage." Well, then one more time won't hurt... Adam Lanza and all the mass shooters since Columbine used semi-automatic weapons. Whatever their mental status, deficiencies or anti-social bent - they used guns. God, you gun-nuts are childish.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I don't hear any of the people condemning the epidemic of gun violence in America chiming in on State-sponsored murder, for or against. The fact is that if you're willing to compare us to some heavily-armed, bankrupt shell of a Nation run by a powerful elite on a hopped-up brew of myth, guns and literal religious interpretation of an ancient text - Uhm.... never mind. Way to reach for the stars there, Dan.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Let me get this straight - your resources are The National Enquirer and "AssistedKnife.com"? Do you understand how this sort of unhinged freakout underscores the growing resistance to letting YOU carry a deadly weapon? Count the stats that are even tangentially related to the topic - Homicide per 100,000 people/number of homicides/gun homicides/mass murders We're off the charts compared to every country where people want to live. Compared to the places where you can't drink the water, we're AWEsome. Get a grip, Skippy.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:49 AM
FYI - It would appear that Adam Lanza fought off involuntary commitment for institutional psychiatric treatment. Access to high powered weapons made this an atrocity, rather than just another family tragedy. Let's not overlook the obvious - guns extend the reach of the assailant. Guess who is NOT seeking psychiatric help - politicizing yet another gun death - the Westboro Baptist church. Does anyone see a trend, here? People aren't more polite, with guns - unless you consider murder a kindness or screaming at the grieving widows about "God's Judgement" gracious manners. It's tyranny of the lowest over the rest of us. Enough, already.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
"So for all of you whiney anti gun babies." Terrific, that's the classic way to win heart and minds. You might want to consider Viagra and a Dale Carnegie course. Guess what? We're coming for YOUR guns, Dan.
Naome Lixes December 28, 2012 at 01:03 AM
You just do this to get your backyard dug up, every ten years. It's a cheap way to maintain a septic system, I suppose. Stay away from our schools, Joe. You're not welcome.
Joe Sousa. December 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM
You have to find them first. Foolish little man !

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