Take our poll: Should we have an armed guard in every American school?

ayne LaPierreThe following was read by NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre at a National Rifle Association press conference held on Friday Dec. 21 featuring LaPierre and former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who is heading up the association’s proposed National School Shield Program to place armed guards in every American school:

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?

Read  the full transcript of the press conference and take take our poll to let us know what you think.

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  • Patty Gamblin

    The majority have spoken! So far 84% in favor of guards at school! Let's see how the liberals will cheat on this!

    • d_old_man

      85 people is NOT a MAJORITY in this country. Stupid comment. HOWEVER, I say these are SCHOOLS, NOT PRISONS! If you put 'em at school, soon you're gonna have em on every porta-potty in the country! We need to deal with the ROOT CAUSE.. That's not guns. That's FOOLS AND IDIOTS

  • http://none bubba

    i believe teachers have the right to have a firearm handy to protect the children as well as their self..as for having only one guard..he would have a lot of ground to cover..plus one guard can be taken out ..just my opinion

  • Jacob

    Most schools in Cities in Indiana already have full time police presence in them. Just need to allow them access to a firearm So, there should be a zero increase in cost.

    • Brian Kelsey

      My sons high school has a cop with a gun at all times. Police are not prohibited from carrying when they are working on school grounds in Indiana.

  • JKing

    Airports, malls, movie stars, politicians, many businesses, government buildings, and countless other places guarded with armed personnel, as parent who wants my kids to be safe at school i'm completely baffled why the issue of armed guards is such taboo. Maybe they should carry concealed if people are concerned it disrupting a child's learning ability.

  • Brian Kelsey

    So have as many guards as needed. They don't have to be cops. The schools could directly hire armed security personnel.

  • Brian Kelsey

    All the polls we hear about sample a few hundred to a few thousand nationwide to tell us what the majority is thinking.

  • Chuck Lehmann

    It might be impossible to put armed guards in all schools as the cost would be prohibitive, but if we arm responsible people, like school administrators and teachers, who are thoroughly trained in the safe use of firearms, we could accopmplish what the NRA has proposed without the prohibitive cost of hiring special armed guards. We do this now by giving airline pilots the right to be armed to prevent highjackings and senseless harm to their passengers. There seems to be no bad effects, so why can't some responsible, trained personnel in the schools be armed as well? Can you imagine if someone, or a few people, had a gun at one of those recent violent rampages at Army camps, college campuses, movie theaters, and public schools, to be able to confront those psycho's with a firearm before the police were able to respond to the carnage, what might have been the result? It might not have prevented the the initial attack, but it most likely would have mitigated the killing of the innocents. Liberals, stop with the knee-jerk response of banning guns after each one of those horrific events occur, let common sense prevail and not just emotion of the act itself. Banning guns is not the answer, arming responsible citizens is.

    • RUSerious

      No-one is suggesting banning guns except Chuck Lehmann and fear-mongering gun sellers.

    • Joe M.,R.P.B., FL.

      EXACTLY CHUCK… If only there was someone trained in firearm use to TAKE OUT the SICK kid, the killings COULD have been avoided. The MSMedis IS PATHETIC in its GOSSIP NEWS reporting, AND they ALMOST NEVER report on the number of lives SAVED EVERYDAY, YES, EVERYDAY, by someone that had a C.W.P. to ward off or fire on a PERP & thereby saving a life. But, it's NOT NEWS-WORTHY. GOD help us in the future fight to PRESERVE OUR GOD-GIVEN, NOT GOVERNMENT SUPPLIED, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS.

  • http://www.portfolio-cafe.com Hershel

    If we listen carefully to the NRA statement, it's very well done, and correct. The teachers in Israel are usually armed and we see no such issues in their country…Certainly not in the schools in any case?

  • Connie

    Yeys, we need an armed guard in our schools. We have a way to notify the law when someone tries to rob a bank and akso have armed guards. Is our money more important than our children??????

    • RUSerious

      When was the last time anyone saw an armed guard at a bank? This is the 21st Century, open your eyes.

      • Joe M.,R.P.B., FL.

        Yesterday, …he's UNDERCOVER, but a customer of mine, so I know him. There is a SIGN in the window of the CHASE BANK I do business with, saying 'ARMED GUARD ON DUTY"…OPEN YOUR EYES, you MIGHT SEE, unless YOUR BLIND…then, I apologize.

  • seazen

    We should arm everyone and have the children wear suits of armor to school. They wear some very sloppy outfits as it is and if they had shiny armor they would look better as well. And any student over the age of 12 should also carry a loaded weapon in case a teacher goes a little nuts or threatens them with an F. We should also add a shooting range to all athletic fields so the teachers and kids can practice on a daily basis. The only way to teach our kids how to behave in a civil society is to surround them with as many weapons as possible. The liberals may not like it but if they protest and make us feel threatened by their act we can shoot them.

    • Joe M.,R.P.B., FL.

      Do you know what an "A" hole is? look it up in the Dictionary, but dont be surprized to see your picture there.