NRA Presser: Deputize NRA Volunteers As Armed Cops In Every School

In their press conference today, which they described as the beginning of a conversation but at which they refused to take questions, officials for the National Rifle Association blamed the media and politicians for creating a culture of violence and then letting bad people know that schools were easy targets.  “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said the group’s top lobbyist Wayne LaPierre as he called for volunteer NRA armed guards (apparently, to be deputized by police forces) to stand in every school in America.

With all the foreign aid the United States does, with all the money in the federal budget, can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school? Even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the right, the ability, and the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.

Now, the National Rifle Association knows there are millions of qualified and active retired police, active, Reserve, and retired military, security professionals, certified firefighters, security professionals, rescue personnel, an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every single school.

We could deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer, relying on the brave men and women in America’s police forces. The budgets — and you all know this, everyone in the country knows this — of our local police departments are strained, and the resources are severely limited, but their dedication and courage is second to none. And, they can be deployed right now.

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. And, to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January.

Did you see that sleight of hand, how retired military, firefighters and “an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens” from the NRA’s membership list suddenly morphed into “armed police officers” who can be “deployed right now”? That’s a “well regulated militia” doing what it was intended for, that is.

They’re calling it the “National Model School Shield Program” and promising to put NRA resources behind finding the people to stand armed guard in schools and to give them training. The program is to be headed by former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who explained:

This will be a program that does not depend on massive funding from local authorities or the federal government. Instead, it will make use of local volunteers serving in their own communities.

In my home state of Arkansas, my son was a volunteer with a local group called Watchdog Dads who volunteer their time at schools, who patrol playgrounds and provide a measure of added security. President Clinton initiated a program called Cops In School, but the federal response is not sufficient for today’s task.

Whether they’re retired police, retired military, or rescue personnel, I think there are people in every community in this country who would be happy to serve if only someone asked them and gave them the training and certifications to do so.

The National Rifle Association is the natural obvious choice to sponsor this program.

Here’s the text in full.

Armed NRA wingnuts in every school – including every inner-city High School – in America, deputized by the local cops so they get to play goosestepping clown legally. What could go wrong with that plan?

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • Next NRA plan: armed NRA volunteer deputies on every road too.

    BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Emergency officials are on the scene of a deadly shooting in Altoona.

    Right now, sources tell KDKA-TV that 4 people are dead, and two Pennsylvania State Troopers were also shot, but expected to be survive. Troopers did shoot and kill the suspect.

    Sources say the suspect was on a rural road in the Altoona – Hollidaysburg area shooting at random.

    Also, Columbine had armed guards….

    • This is perfect time for tsa to expand into the life of every child and every road way. They have asked for more money for the road thingy and now add a few dollars for schools. Police state anyone.

  • Excepting the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled, everyone else seems to be deranged. Has the whole country gone off the tracks. And don’t tell me PRIVATIZATION.

  • From Here –>

    Deputies on Scene

    Community Resource Officer Called to “Back Lot”

    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Neil Gardner soon would complete his second year as the uniformed community resource officer assigned to Columbine High School. Gardner, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, normally ate his lunch with the students in the cafeteria during first lunch period. His car would have been parked in his “normal spot” in front of the cafeteria doors – between the junior and senior parking lots.

    On April 20, however, Deputy Gardner and campus supervisor Andy Marton, an unarmed school security officer employed by the school district, were eating lunch in Gardner’s patrol car. They were monitoring students in the “Smokers’ Pit,” a spot just to the northwest of campus in Clement Park where the students congregated to smoke cigarettes.

    Gardner had just finished his lunch when he received a call over the school’s radio from a custodian. “Neil,” called the custodian in a panicked voice, “I need you in the back lot!”

    Gardner pulled out of the parking lot near the school’s tennis courts and drove onto Pierce Street in front of the school. The “back lot” being referred to by the custodian, he assumed, was the south student parking lot by the cafeteria. As soon as he pulled onto Pierce Street, he heard another call being dispatched over the Sheriff’s radio, “Female down in the south lot of Columbine High School.” He activated his lights and siren. It was 11:23.

    In his own mind, he recalled later, he thought someone probably had been hit by a car.

    First Shooter Seen

    As soon as Gardner pulled into the south parking lot off of South Pierce Street, he saw kids running out of the school in every direction. As he drove around toward the south lot, he also saw smoke coming from the west end of the parking lot and heard several loud explosions. Students standing on the soccer field were pointing toward the building. He could hear gunshots coming from inside the school but could not pinpoint from where.

    Gardner pulled his vehicle into the senior parking lot where he had a good vantage point. He could see both parking lots, the cafeteria and the second story west entrance to the school. As he got out of his patrol car, he received a second call on the school radio. “Neil, there’s a shooter in the school.”

    Numerous patrol units and emergency vehicles already were responding to the school as the Sheriff’s dispatch center reported “female down” and “possible shots fired at Columbine High School.” There was so much traffic on the police radio that Gardner could not tell dispatch he was on scene.

    As Gardner stepped out of his patrol car, Eric Harris turned his attention from shooting into the west doors of the high school to the student parking lot and to the deputy. Gardner, particularly visible in the bright yellow shirt of the community resource officer uniform, was the target of Harris’ bullets. Harris fired about 10 shots from his rifle at Gardner before his gun jammed. Although Gardner’s patrol car was not hit by bullets, two vehicles that he was parked behind were hit by Harris’ gunfire. Investigators later found two bullet holes in each of the cars.

  • Backed into a political corner, the NRA doubled down– which is what all Fascists do, since ever.

    They have issued a dare, which we should take them up on. I’d suggest pushing to get them categorized as a terrorist organization, such that we can bring those legal tools to bear upon them.

  • NRA Blames Violent Video Games for Newtown, But Partnered With Company That Makes Them

    Mother Jones, By Tim Murphy, December 21

    In his first public comments since last Friday’s shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre sought to place the blame for gun violence where it truly belonged: the makers of video games. “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse,” LaPierre said.

    But LaPierre’s speech left out a key detail: His own organization has a video game, too. It’s called NRA Gun Club, it was released in 2006 for PlayStation 2, and according to the top-ranked review on Amazon, it “could very well be the single worst game in the history of games.” The game, which was rated “E” for kids 10 and older, featured a handgun on the cover with four bullets and consisted entirely of various target-shooting exercises. Gamers can shoot inanimate objects like watermelons, bottles, and clay pigeons, using one of over 100 different kinds of brand-name, licensed firearms like Beretta.

  • So the NRA is still wrong after offering up the resources at its disposal for trying to make schools safer. They have, by Cliff, been called robots or some other unfeeling being.

    What precisely do you all want?

    A ban on guns? That’s great except for the fact that a gun ban only stops law abiding citizens from having guns.

    Smaller clip size? That’s great too except that it takes less than 2 seconds to drop one clip and slide in a full one.

    As for calling the NRA fascists you should really check out the definition. Fascism is what your dear leader represents. You could call them some other derogatory thing, but the use of fascists is simply not true.

    Maybe we should change the laws for buying guns, but then again the current method worked,0,5913090.story

    Essentially you don’t care about the end result, like safer schools, but rather you care about your agenda. Evil guns. It’s not your fault it’s just the banner that your chosen party carries. Please give it some thought though.

    I inspect schools and, in the past week, I’ve had an escort while I do that. These are schools that know who I am. I’ve been to most of them 6-10 times and have had conversations with the principal or assistant principal many times. Still, in a knee-jerk reaction, they have me escorted.

    I wonder, in a reasonable world, if a school administrator would feel safer or less safe with a 6’4″ 400 pound man dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our children walking their halls.

    • Baiting the obvious (and ever-tedious) house troll just this once (because there ain’t nothin’ like a plate of waffles with extra syrup for breakfast):

      So the NRA is still wrong after offering up the resources at its disposal for trying to make schools safer.

      Yes, clearly Big Murder should be lauded for displaying the will to make the ultimate sacrifice: America’s #1 gun lobbyist has graciously offered to allow taxpayers the privilege of ponying up $18 billion USD to further subsidize the gun lobby.

      I’m touched, as are the people of Newtown — truly.

      BTW what’s with the curious vendetta against civil society, mattyb719? Your insistance on insulting everyone’s collective intelligence with demonstrative, Rimbaud Conservative dumbfuckitude in the face of mass slaughter is especially nauseating in this instance, as it forces you and your fellow travellers to tiptoe around the corpses of dead children as you journey to the center of your anus head-first.

      But, hey, feel free to human centipede Wayne “SO NOT FASCIST AMIRITE GUYS?!” LaPierre’s recycled bullshit sammich to your heart’s content. Just don’t expect the rest of us to open wide just because it’s your turn to bend over.

      • Be careful what you bait because it may be bigger than you can reel in.

        Truly…. I’m so happy to have become the “house troll”. I’m happy that you can completely denigrate me, ignore my words, and then have the self-righteous BS feeling that it’s ok because you disagree with me. Typical far left BS. I go on conservative forums and post the same things. I disagree with them too, but instead of assaulting me they actually try to convince me why they’re right. They manage to do so without personal assaults. Shame that you can’t do the same.

        Please explain to me why smaller clips and assault rifle bans are effective measures to stop psychopaths from killing. I’m just dying to hear what that does. A dedicated psychopath will find a way to kill. Smaller clip? Ok, just more clips to reload. Really, I’m begging, give me an actual response to my post. Answer the questions or just keep sucking up the publicity that dead children can get you. It’s funny you say I have to tiptoe around the corpses of dead children, meanwhile you stomp on them.

        I post on this site, quite often opposing the general consensus, by saying the policy just isn’t how to solve the problem. This is just another great example. We have a national news frenzy so we must pass a law to combat this. The law, pulled together in haste, is a pile of shit and ineffective. That last assault rifle ban had restrictions that made it completely ineffective. Now there’s going to be a push to pass that same ban.

        The story here isn’t about the evil NRA… the story is about how we are failing to change a culture of violence. You can piss on me all day, with vitriolic words, but the tune isn’t gonna change.

        It’s amazing how many people pile on when they disagree with my opinion, but usually they actually f*&^ing agree with me about the root problem. It’s really sad that politics has become like sports. We just root for our team… to hell with anything else. I actually think that in a perfect world citizens would have no guns, but we’re past that. Now that guns are prolific in our society there is no turning back. You outlaw guns now and only criminals will have guns. You’re basing your premise on an idealism that can no longer be viable. There are too many guns out there to criminalize them without leaving a gaping hole of violence against average joe. Never mind that… just hold up your big foam hand that says “democrat”. Go team.

        You lost me in the “insulting everyone’s collective intelligence” paragraph. I sense some kind of personal insult in there, but I can’t quite figure out what it is. As for the remainder of the statement I fear there is no way you can make me understand. Is this some pop-culture reference to something? Rimbaud conservitude? I’m not tiptoeing around the corpses of dead children. I’m standing over them and asking you WTF your “gun free zone” did to stop the massacre.

        I’ll also say, once again, that you should look up the meaning of fascism. The fact is it’s being misused. Buy a f&^%ing dictionary asshat.

        The difference between you and me is that I actually want to solve problems. You want to be right. I don’t care how the problems get solved, but I do get pissed off when people pretend to care while pushing ineffective BS.

        My turn to bend over? Is that an anti-gay statement? I’ve dated a man. I’ve talked about it here. I’m sick of the personal attacks. If you disagree with me that’s fine. One of my favorite things is passionate debate on politics but I’m not willing to make it personal. Hell the reason I post here is to get opinions different from mine.

        I love your thumbnail picture because it shows how much of a smug prick you are. You should have included the fact that I’m a fag in your comments. That would help your pathetic argument even more. After all you could just disregard my statements by saying I’m a fag. What do I know? Though honestly I don’t really see an argument in your post. You just decided to attack me. How liberal of you.

        I’ve had editorial staff on this site tear me to shreds factually. That’s what they’re here to do. They’re good at it and I have a masochistic fascination with it. I like being challenged and losing. I like having my view of the world shaken. If I’m not learning something then I’m not growing.

        I’ve never had a member of the editorial staff throw demeaning statements at me. In closing… fuck you. Yeah, I might get a big ol’ pile of banned for that. Just fighting fire with fire while not veiling it behind clever words. I don’t know when you came to this site or how you got to be a member of the editorial staff, but there was once a day when people could be civil (most of them anyway). I believe you mentioned civil society somewhere in that pile of shit response. You should become a member of it before you decide to be the champion of it.

        • If you want to solve problems, might I point out that can work better when one focuses on the issues under discussion, rather than diving into something else? The topic in this thread is the advisability of placing volunteer, armed “responders” in schools on a mass scale. No one other than you mentioned anything about reviving the Assault Weapons Ban and no one said anything about magazine size limits.*

          I know rather a lot about how one trains people to kill with firearms and I have some pretty grave reservations about this one (that’s putting it mildly – I think it’s flat out dumb). I’ve shot with current duty cops and most of them would not be competent for this duty – taking the fight to an active shooter is a specialist task and it requires a very high degree of proficiency and readiness. It requires an extensive selection and training process and it requires a significant investment of time and money, every single duty day – with more days devoted to training and refit. The notion that you’re going to take former duty personnel, run them through some sort of shake and bake training, and really have them ready for something like this is just fantasy. No disagreement that you can pretty easily get a lot of folks in the halls, but at the end of the day what you’re going to end up with in the main is going to be the guts and guns brigade, not a group of folks who can credibly respond to this class of threat. In my view, you’re going to be doing well just to keep the ADs** under control – capability against an active shooter is going to be a happy accident at best.

          Beyond all that, we’re talking about actively seeking out a bunch of challenges that folks don’t seem to have thought through at all. I can pretty much guarantee that these guys are going to skew old, white, male and conservative – that’s not exactly the best fit for an inner city public school. In the same way that the most well meaning COIN force in the world still has a tough time convincing the populace that they’re not occupiers, these guys are going to have pervasive challenges fitting in – I can readily envision this going to them being lightning rods for violence rather than dampers in some contexts. Similarly, suicide by cop is a huge challenge – we’re now going to up it so that it can be “suicide by hall monitor” at the handy local public school? Suffice it to say that the list of major, major challenges goes on for a while – everywhere but with the NRA. And these are the guys that are going to be providing the training? They don’t seem to know what they’re getting into.

          * As a technical note, clips are not magazines. Clips hold rounds together, but they do not serve as a mechanical means of feeding rounds to the action of the weapon. Military ammunition is commonly issued in stripper clips, which hold rounds together in groups of 5 or 10 (in my experience usually 10 for 5.56 mm NATO and 5 for 7.62 mm NATO) that can then be loaded into magazines.

          ** AD = Accidental Discharge

          • Nicely done Dave. It’s been pointed out to me a couple of times by veterans that the most survivable time to shoot at the other guy is when he’s unable to shoot at you – thus anything that forces the interval between his shots to be longer even momentarily (having to work a bolt, having to reload a clip) is a thing you want to be more frequent in such situations. It’s not a cure-all, of course, just a step in the right direction.

            Mattt, I got to the phrase “your dear leader” in Matty’s original comment and realized he had exactly zero interest in real engagement, then reached “your chosen party” and realized he hadn’t been paying attention to The Agonist at all. Both phrases confirmed he was a troll and not even a resident troll any more. It’s too late in the season for feeding trolls, so I wasn’t even going to respond directly and still don’t intend to.

          • Random thoughts on the simple practicality of the idea:

            Back in the mid-60s, an IBM VP told me that by 1970 we’d need 50000 programmers in the country. I replied that there weren’t 50000 people in the country capable of becoming good programmers. We were both right. We got 5000 good programmers and 45000 hacks.

            Aside from the cost and logistics of training and maintaining the thousands of guards which would be required, we could not find that many people capable of doing the job right. Even our existing law enforcement bodies contain many who should be in another line of work and their organizations and unable/unwilling to properly winnow them out or train/control them.

            I have great respect for good police officers, but my experience dealing with them in EMT, Disaster Preparedness and volunteer sheriff’s posse situations leaves me feeling that about 30% of them are very good at what they do, a small percent are downright evil and the rest are well-meaning, semi-competent, only able to handle non-emergency work. Reacting to those circumstances which are unique in any emergency situation requires not only training but the ability to think quickly and accurately. I doubt if we can find enough with that capacity.

          • I’m with you Dave. Putting armed people in the schools is a terrible idea. The NRA is just wrong to suggest it. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen. Thank you for educating me on clip vs. magazine. I had no idea there was a difference. I still think, no matter, that reducing ammunition capacity isn’t going to do a damn thing.

            I realize that nobody mentioned an assault rifle ban, but if we’re honest about things then we can probably agree that a ban or restriction is probably the end result of this turmoil. Just one more policy that is ineffective but allows politicians to pat one another on the back.

            Steve why did the statement about fascism make you believe I don’t want engagement? Obama, based on his writings, probably considers himself a socialist. I think that in practice he appears to be more of a fascist. I’m not throwing a label on that and saying that it’s evil. Bush, based on his actions probably leaned toward a dictatorship. I believe, if we could trust those in power, socialism could work. Fascism could work. Dictatorship could work. I think a benign dictator could do incredible things with a country like America. I’m starting to think that trolls fit into two categories. One category is people that just mill around online trying to make trouble. The other category is people with legitimate questions that nobody can answer. How do we fix this problem? Pissing on the NRA isn’t the answer. Armed civilians in schools isn’t the answer. The answer is something nobody wants to talk about. Our culture rewards violence. The more violent the bigger the headline.

            I’ll admit that I have trouble parsing the information stream I hear coming down. I frequently slide into other subjects because the two parties form a wall on either side. There is no crossover with any kind of neutrality. This side is over here and that side is over there.

            You want to talk about conservative BS I’ll hop on to that too. Anti-abortion nuts should die in a fire. People against gay marriage can eat shit and die. I’ll take issue with them too. It’s not about trolling and goading people on. It’s about answers. We NEED them.

            The NRA has suggested something. That’s more than anybody else has done at this point. I walk into schools and they’re on high alert. Somebody farts near a school and they go into lockdown. This isn’t rational or effective. Until some politician has the balls to stand up and say that our sickness is our culture then nothing is going to change. It’s not movies or video games. The problem is us. The story isn’t the bad ideas the NRA is pushing. I know damn well the people here are smart. It’s people like you that need to start asking the hard questions.

            Mattbastard I look back at your post and I think to myself that you’re just a passionate person like me. It’s all good. I get that. Just remember if you or anyone else here went to a hard right forum they’d think the same of you as people here seem to think of me. It doesn’t matter how hard left or hard right you go… there are people on the other side that will piss on you even if what you say is right. I get the same thing from the right as I do from the left. Even if you were a hair to the left of center they’d rain down hellfire on you.

            I kinda regret calling you a smug prick though I still think you are.

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