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NRA calls for armed security in schools after Newtown shooting

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Guns are the solution -- not the problem. That's how the NRA is responding to the Connecticut elementary school that last week claimed 20 children and 6 staff members.

NRA chief lobbyist Wayne LaPierre broke his organization's week long silence by issuing this warning.

"And does anyone really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he has already identified, at this very moment?"

Officials with the NRA say they removed themselves from the gun control debate this past week out of respect for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. The return to the national stage Friday involved a lecture about violence in the movies, on TV, as well as graphic computer games and provocative music videos.

"Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?," asked LaPierre also singled out several titles, especially one game called "Kindergarten Killers."

"And they play murder, portray murder as a way of life, and they all have the nerve to call it entertainment."

While the NRA news conference continued in Washington, Julene Earls and Marisabel Villa were out for a morning walk with their kids. Both moms agree, children are exposed to too much violence but also believe the gun industry shares responsibility.

"I think everything has a part, everything and you've got to question every aspect of the whole scenario the whole situation you've got to question it," said Earls.

Two protestors, at the Washington News Conference joined in with the finger pointing.

"NRA stop killing our kids...," shouted a man who was escorted out of the room. About six minutes later a woman also jumped in front of the podium. As she was led out the woman shouted, "The NRA has blood on its hands."

Refusing to respond, LaPierre stayed on script and after a final parting shot against the media he offered the NRA solution to the school security debate.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation," said LaPierre.

The plan is to have the guards in place by next month. Its suggested retired law enforcement officers could fill the gap by providing a volunteer school patrol.

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

Many school districts already have armed resource officers. According to the National Association of School Resource Officers, there are an estimated 10,000 of those currently in the nation's schools. Some districts use local police officers and sheriff's deputies other districts have their own police force to pull from. In most cases- the SRO's are assigned to Middle schools and at High schools.

Expanding the program to Elementary campuses would require additional manpower and resources during a time when school budgets are being cut. FOX 7 contacted several of the major school districts in the Austin area and we were told that expanding the program to Elementary schools is a possibility. But the problem is how to pay for it.

The NRA is promising to create a model program called the National Shield to help schools get the armed guards on campus.

Teachers spoke to FOX 7 about the idea of not limiting the fire power to just uniformed officers.

"I think the administrators in the office should have concealed handguns I'm still not decided about individual classrooms, that might be dangerous," said Robyn Becak.

Carla Roberts, a Physical Education teacher, says she has heard more than 40 teachers in the San Antonio area recently applied for gun permits.

"And I know myself the technology teacher both considered signing up for concealed handgun licenses," said Roberts

Librarian Priscilla Delgado told us she remains undecided, while Tami Klett, a high school teacher wants an equalizer.

"And you know when I think about if somebody did come into my classroom and my kids were in danger I would, rather go down fighting rather than covering them , I would want some way to defend myself," said Klett.

The idea of allowing teachers to bring weapons to school is expected to be debated when state lawmakers return to Austin next month.

 

LINKS:

NRA

http://home.nra.org/pdf/Transcript_PDF.pdf

http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/in-the-news/2012/12/to-stop-shootings,-americans-focus-on-police,-mental-health.aspx

 

School Resource Officers

http://www.nasro.org/

http://www.nasro.org/content/nasro%E2%80%99s-school-safety-law-database

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