Seattle schools officials reject NRA call for armed guards in every school

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nraWASHINGTON — In an angry and defiant news conference, National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre on Friday forcefully rejected calls to clamp down on guns in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, arguing instead for a massive deployment of armed guards to every school.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda and School Board President Kay Smith-Blum issued the following joint statement:

“The safety of our students and schools is of utmost importance to us. Our schools have a zero-tolerance policy on weapons on school grounds. We do not believe adding guns to our schools will accomplish the goal of keeping our students safer.

“We agree with Governor Gregoire and President Obama calling for action, including a ban on assault weapons. Further, as a community, we must have deeper conversations about the availability of weapons and the amount of violence our children are exposed to on a daily basis.

“There will be solutions moving forward from last week’s tragedy. We are forming a joint working group with the Seattle Police Department and our community to develop recommendations for improving school safety.”

LaPierre pledged that the NRA would spearhead such an endeavor, appointing former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson to lead an effort to develop a cutting-edge model school security plan and a program to train volunteers who would be dispatched to campuses around the country.

In the meantime, he called on Congress to immediately appropriate funding to pay for police officers in every school “to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January.”

For the complete Los Angeles Times story, go here.

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  • DAveACIM

    The NRA is full of bs.THERE IS NOT SERIOUS DEBATE TO BE HAD, NO DISCUSSION –THE FACTS ARE CLEAR AND UNDENIABLE. The USA, Britain and Australia all had similar shootings in schools in the past. The UK and Australia each passed strict gun control legislation, and have not had repeats of the shootings. Do in large part to NRA pressure on politicians, America did not, and has had repeat shootings, including Sandy Hook. End this societal insanity. America must do the same as other educated countries to protect it's children–of 23 high income countries, with 800 million people, over 80% of all gun deaths are in the USA. All those who help with new legislation as strict as the UK and Australian bills will know they are helping to stop another shooting-and American children are just as important as British and Australian children–pass strict gun control, now–it WILL end this

    • Jack

      So how many shootings have occurred in these schools? And how many aircraft hi-jackings have happened since we put armed marshals on the flights?
      Armed classrooms
      For years, some areas in the US have allowed "armed classrooms" to deter (or truncate) future attacks, presumably by changing helpless victims into armed defenders. In 2008, Harrold Independent School District in Texas became the first public school district in the U.S. to allow teachers with state-issued firearm-carry permits to carry their arms in the classroom; special additional training and ricochet-resistant ammunition were required for participating teachers. Students at the University of Utah have been allowed to carry concealed pistols (so long as they possess the appropriate state license) since a State Supreme Court decision in 2006. In addition to Utah, Wisconsin and Mississippi each have legislation that allow students, faculty and employees with the proper permit, to carry concealed weapons on their public university's campuses. Colorado and Oregon state courts have ruled in favor of Campus Carry laws by denying University's proposals to ban guns on campus. Ruling that the UC Board of Regents and the Oregon University System did not have the authority to ban weapons on campus. A selective ban was then re-instated, wherein Oregon state universities enacted a ban on guns in school building and sporting events or by anyone contracted with the university in question.

      Michigan State University as of June 2009, allows students to carry firearms on campus, the university still prohibits knives and other non-firearm weapons however.
      A commentary in the conservative National Review Online argues that the armed school approach for preventing school attacks, while new in the US, has been used successfully for many years in Israel and Thailand. Teachers and school officials in Israel are allowed and encouraged to carry firearms if they have former military experience in the IDF, which almost all do. However, statistics on what percentage of teachers are actually armed are unavailable.

      • Citizen98107

        Security screening of all passengers prior to boarding has probably prevented more hijackings more than an armed guard on board the flight.

    • David

      I gave you a thumbs up on your comment which took you from 4 – to 3- however i meant to give you thumbs down so you really have 5- thats 5 thumbs down on your comment. Nobody agrees with you.
      Its because you are wrong!

  • Dan

    It's a great idea! That's why we have guns, to protect ourselves. The real problem is mental health. How about the LIBOR Scandal connections with the father of Adam Lanza and James Holmes. Both set to testify about the LIBOR scandal. Very strange connection folks.

  • Citizen98107

    I agree with what he said about the entertainment media producing increasingly violent films, TV shows and computer games. Young people are trained to shoot by violent combat games and not by the NRA. Even the author Stephen King asked to withdraw one of his own books from publication because it seemed to encourage violence in high schools – he saw the connection.

  • joe

    I America lose guns (our enemies hope for…) then the all the lunatics with an axe to bury in their mother's head, gang-bangers and Mexican narco-terrorists will be more than happy to fill the power void with their guns. The armed people are the first line of defense against tyrants, invaders or crazy retards.

  • Alan Hoffer

    It was once said, neither the wisest consitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. ~Samuel Adams. Now I wathed the NRA statement and it was in no way angery or deifiant, this is big lie by the media (LA times). The NRA stated there sadness of the shooting and made a statement on how security could be improved in schools. A very angry liberal protester crashed the press conference screaming at the top of her lungs, which kind scared alot of people there. The protester was removed from the confrennce by four people as she was resisting to leave and continued to scream.

  • roloaddict

    Have you ever tried to to communicate common sense with professional educators? Wether providing input on curriculum, budget issues or any of the common discussions that a parent may have with the school. You are treated like an idiot that needs to return to the village. This is more of the same. They were so blinded by thier gun control views that they have missed the gem in this proposal. The NRA is proposing an immediate local response that includes the involvement of people that are the model of what our kids should be. Good folks who will commit thier time to keep others safe. You cannot see this when your world view portrays all gun owners as evil, inanimate objects as evil and the community as idiots. They have completely bought into the politics of division, yet claim to teach diversity.

  • guest

    why is it more important to put a marshall on a plane to protect a couple hundred people than in a school to protect several hundred (or more) of our children?

  • Crazy Retard

    You know… I cant wait till guns are banned. Ive got a large tree trunk in my hand and my eye on a retirement home. I will be met with no resistance.

  • G White

    If there is no role for armed guards in Wa schools why do we already have 25%of schools with guards already? Nationally the number is around 33% including elite private schools in DC attended by wealthy liberals.I havenot heard the heads of schoolboards or teachers unions demanding their removal.

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