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

Last 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.

Bill Gordon December 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
The solution is years away, but in the mean time the NRA, the reason we have 300 million guns in this country, should just shut up and get out of the way.
Dennis Tabella December 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The NRA does not care about what happens to any of us. They have an agenda and that is to push guns and hunting. The NRA has never cared about school shootings or the increase of guns in our neighborhoods. Many of their members are already walking from the NRA. Legislators need to take a stand against the NRA and refuse to take any donations from the NRA because it is blood money.
RI Patriot December 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Mr. Tabella has his own agenda, he chairs the Friends of Animals group, and he is opposed all hunting. Unfortunately this position takes away from what his mission should be, preventing cruelty to animals. The NRA has always cared about firearm accidents and misuse, including all violent crimes. Because of the NRA firearm accidents are at an all time low and if so much opposition to the training didn't exist all children would benefit from firearm safety training that should be offered in school. As for the number of firearms in the USA, just read the Constitution, the Second Amendment specifically. Firearms do not kill, it really is the person who kills and we as Citizens of the great Country need firearms to protect us from the people who would do us harm . We should really take a good look at the violent movies and video games to which the kids are exposed.


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