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'Call me crazy,' for wanting armed police in schools, NRA chief says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 23rd, 2012
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National Rifle Association Chief Wayne LaPierre, speaking on TV's Meet the Press for the first time since the Newton, Connecticut shootings, argued that armed guards should be at the nation's schools. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "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. "I think the American people think it's crazy not to do it. It's the one thing that would keep people safe and the NRA is going try to do that."

LaPierre argued that the U.S. is now spending $2 billion to train police officers in Iraq and asked why federal funds could not be spent to train school guards to protect schools in the United States.

When LaPierre was asked about restricting the size of ammunition magazine or clips, he said, "I don't believe that's going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that, even if you had that. You had that for 10 years when (Sen.) Dianne Feinstein passed that ban in '94. It was on the books. Columbine occurred right in the middle of it - it didn't make any difference."

The author of the 1994 ban, Feinstein restricted types of semiautomatic firearms which expired in 2004. She has announced that she will introduce new legislation early next year. Semiautomatic firearms, including semiautomatic weapons sometimes called "assault weapons," fire one round per pull of the trigger.

"I know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens," LaPierre said. He said that an armed guard might have been able to stop Adam Lanza, the killer in Connecticut.

"If I'm a mom or a dad and I'm dropping my child off at school I'd feel a whole lot safer" if there were trained armed security guards or police protecting the school from people such as Lanza, LaPierre said. He did admit that "nothing is perfect" as a deterrent against crime.

"We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics," LaPierre said. He noted that the de-institutionalization of the mentally ill had put too many dangerous people on the streets of America.

"We have a completely cracked mentally ill system that's got these monsters walking the streets," LaPierre said.

LaPierre further argued that many states do not put their records of the mentally ill into the national instant check system that is designed to screen out convicted criminals and the mentally ill from buying guns.

"If you want to control violent criminals, take them off the street," LaPierre added.

He firmly opposed curbs on private gun sales and contended that the advocates of stringent restrictions on such sales want to put "every gun sale under the thumb of the federal government."

Guards who are trained to carry weapons are the only answer to further Newton massacres, Pierre maintains. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

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