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Should Dixon Schools Follow NRA's Suggestion for Armed Campus Security?

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.

In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying “good guys” around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

“We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

LaPierre's speech was a call to supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On Friday morning before the press conference, President Obama released a video (above) citing a petition by hundreds of Americans calling for swift action.

At the grassroots level, groups like Newtown United, a group of Newtown neighbors, are working to address major issues related to the tragedy, including gun control, violent media, mental health and legislation.

In stark contrast, LaPierre called for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys," a term he used repeatedly but did not define, who could be more present and respond more quickly than police.

"If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible," LaPierre said. "And that security is only available with properly trained, armed 'good guys'."

LaPierre, who was interrupted twice by protesters who held signs in front of TV cameras, made a direct call for local action.

"I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work," he said.

In his speech, LaPierre also accused the media of selling "violence against its own people" through violent video games, music videos and "blood-soaked" films. He did not take questions from reporters, and did not acknowledge the protesters.

Greg Coppes December 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The question that should be ask, if principle had an armed guard or had a gun would the tragedy in CT have happen.
Ian Arnold December 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The truth is, we'll never know. What we do know, however, is that the armed guard at Columbine and the motorcycle officer who arrived moments after the shooting began were unable to stop the killers from shooting 38 people.
Bil Paul December 22, 2012 at 04:14 AM
It would put more people to work and increase gun and uniform sales. If the guards were real trained cops that would be one thing (but boring work for them). If the guards are rent-a-cops, they aren't always the best and brightest.
Greg Coppes December 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
isn't there a cop on campus in Dixon already.
Debby Gabriel December 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I think police present at our schools may benefit in more ways than one. First the youth might be deterred from an act of violence and second it might keep our youth safe from this type of violence. But it should be a trained police officer not just a security person.
Ken Delfino December 23, 2012 at 02:16 AM
There are "Resource Officers" on a lot of campuses, but they can't necessarily be in the right place at the right time. The teachers should be given an option to be able to arm themselves in the classroom. They would have to pass all training required to acquire a CCW, but it would be voluntary and not federally or state-mandated. It would seem to me that allowing teachers to be armed to defend their students and themselves would be enough of a deterrent to any perpetrator. He or she may not know if a certain teacher is armed or not, but just the fact that they are allowed to carry may be enough of a deterrence. The school districts should pick up the tab of training, but not the actual puchase of a weapon. By allowing this, the schools would save a lot of money by not having to hire security guards. The parents should have the major say in this issue and the boards should follow the wishes of the parents for after all....the schools are charged with the safety of their children while they're in class. Just a thought.....
Greg Coppes December 23, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I believe a teacher should be allowed to carry. Open or concealed, if they want to.
Bil Paul December 23, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Having a loaded weapon in a classroom raises all sorts of issues. Such as a student getting and using it. The teacher isn't going to keep it on his/her body in a holster, like Wyatt Earp. Also, imagine one cop trying to cover the entire, expansive Dixon HS campus.
Greg Coppes December 23, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Really, imagine 5 cops covering the whole of Dixon. Oh wait most times that is how many that are on patrol. Lets see what is the term oh ya it's called deterrent. I also love it when people know how others will act. .
Ian Arnold December 23, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I'm a gun owner. Like my golfing friends, I'm excited when I get a hole in one. For me, that's a full clip in the ten ring. Here's my issue with the NRA's statement: There was an armed guard at Columbine (with 23 years experience). He was joined by a motorcycle officer and together they were unable to stop the Columbine shooters. Let's talk Fort Hood. The biggest (personnel-wise) military base in CONUS. The shooter took out over 35 people before civilian police took him down. This was not only a military base, it was a base on a war footing. Again, I like and own guns, but the NRA's approach is a joke.
Ian Arnold December 23, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I'm actually a concealed carry fan; but I'm not sure having teachers carry is a good idea. If a teacher, for any reason, puts his or her hands on a child, it's a really big deal. Also, can you guarantee me that every teacher is free from mental illness?
Max December 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I also disagree with the NRA's approach. Even if the schools could afford an armed guard at every school, then what? Assault weapons are designed to kill as many people as possible at one time. An entire classroom could be wiped out in a matter of moments long before the guard could even get there. Would we then need to place armed guards at every day care, movie theater, church, sporting event, and every other place where groups of innocent people gather? I understand guns for hunting and even guns for home protection. I just don't understand why an ordinary citizen would need an assault weapon.
Ken Delfino December 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Some people are offering solutions...as I have. Others are criticizing...which doesn't bother me. What does bother me is that those who choose to criticize have not offered any suggestion as to how to help protect the students and faculty. I don't have any kids in school nor do I have any relatives who teach. However, I value human lives and so I offered the suggestion of self-defense. Of course there is no guarantee that a teacher may or may not snap...anyone is capable of doing that given their situation. As for the weapons, yes, they would be on the person and not just 'laying around' for anyone to grab. If someone breaks into the classroom, what good is it to anyone if it's locked in a safe or drawer? As I mentioned, it's up to the parents...the children are theirs and this is their decision to make.
Mimi December 24, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Our school district barely makes ends meet now. Dixon Unified will be facing more budget cuts next school year. How would the district pay for guns, training, guards, police, or other measures of security? Taxpayers and citizens in Dixon won't pass a bond for basic education needs of our children or class size reduction; but they will pay for weapons training......?
Greg Coppes December 24, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Mimi's Dixon has police on campus already. How much security is needed is a matter for the parents to determine. Depending on their level of paranoia. I feel teachers should have the right to carry a gun if they wish. Once again the level of training is a call the parents need to make, if it requires a fiscal impact then they would need to decide if it's worth the cost.
Brandon Jones December 28, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I feel that gun laws have done nothing for creating a safe environment. When you outlaw certain types of weapons or the ability to have weapons in certain areas the only affect is that law abiding citizens don't have them when the ones who shouldn't do. Ike not sure as to what a solution to the problem would be but creating more gun legislation is certainly not the answer. These people choose their targets knowing that they are vulnerable to attack.
Brandon Jones December 28, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Also lets remember what the second amendment is all about. Protecting ourselves for enemies both foreign and domestic. Including our own government while that might seem strange to say its true. Now think about how well we might succeed in protecting ourselves against a tyrant government that has assault rifles with hunting rifles pistols and shotguns.
Ken Delfino December 28, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Since this post started, I heard that the State of Utah is footing the bill for teachers to take a 6-hour weapons handling course. Apparently they care about the safety of their teachers and students. Where do your state legislators stand?

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