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North Fork Locals Mixed on NRA Call for Armed Guards in Schools

Tell us what you think on the issue.

North Fork locals are reacting to statements made Friday by the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre on the Sandy Hook school shooting, breaking a weeklong silence by the gun organization.

LaPierre blasted the media and entertainment industry for promoting and glorifying violence in what he called a “dirty little truth.” He called it “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people.”

Among his ideas on how to prevent another unspeakably murderous act like the one Adam Lanza brought to Newtown, was to post armed guards or policemen in every school in America. The money, he said, could come from a variety of sources including the U.S. budget for foreign aid. His idea is to use qualified police, retired or active and reserve military personnel to fill those posts.

Related: You can read a full transcript of the NRA press conference here on the Washington Post website.

We asked Patch readers on Facebook what they thought, and here are some of the responses:

“A totally gun free society, except for those carried by the government ...is called a communist dictatorship. The second amendment is there for a reason. What we need is a culture change in which we have less sensationalized sex and violence glorified in the media on a daily basis. What we have now are reality shows are the new norm and we have lowered the bar on acceptable and accountable behavior. The tragedy in Connecticut was a result of how far down the rabbit hole we have gone in this country in regards to not being attentive enough to what is going on around us. Restricting more of our freedoms in this country is not the answer. Anyone who thinks it is are welcome to speak to friends I have who have lived in Russia before it became a "democratic" state. Check the history books on the steps that Hitler took while in power...one of the first things he did was to disarm the people.” — Theresa M. Meyer

“Totally Insane!! Maybe the NRA would like to fund this! Because I don't see our school districts having to add this to their budgets! Nor should the public at large have to pay for it, so the few idiots that think they are entitled under the law to have assault weapons can do so! If you want a licensed hand gun or hunting rifle ok, but You Do Not Need a Semi-Automatic Weapon on Long Island or any other city or suburb, unless you live in a war zone or the wilds of Alaska!” — Ellen McCarry Hopps

“Sure...let's make it easy for gun violence by PUTTING guns in the schools!!!! :((“ — Carol Horowitz Taddonio

“Timing is so important, why shouldn't we have professionals in charge of protecting the most vulnerable, a gun free zone sign isn't going to stop a murderer, obviously. Left unarmed teachers and children are helpless, but is to put that responsibility on teachers too much? We want their attention on teaching not constantly being on guard duty. Hire cops, guards, professionals to do the job or they better train those teachers damn well how to use a gun for self defense. But don't take away the ability to protect ourselves, that's the worst thing we could do.” — Schmoupy Juntunen

What do you think? Should we post armed guards in our schools to protect our children from another tragedy like at Newtown?

Tom December 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The point simply being that perhaps the man, LaPierre, has a point (especially for a frenchman. I would have instinctively expected him to simply surrender the NRA based upon that fact alone). Will his idea solve the problem entirely? Clearly not. Is it something to be considered? Clearly yes. We sit here in the northeast and pontificate to the rest of the nation, that live quite a different lifestyle and in quite a different atmosphere than we do, saving for some of Florida and the left coast. The results in Newtown would not have been significantly different were the shooter armed with a completely legal semiautomatic and completely legal 10 round magazines, as it takes less than 1 second to swap out a magazine in any gun out there. Lanza was there for approximately 10 minutes, and 10-15 seconds of magazine changing wasn't going to stop him. What did stop him was the police showing up, with their guns. Research what the net impact on the last >10 round magazine ban was on US gun sales, and you'll see that the sale of 9mm handguns (which use 15-16 round magazines) went down, while the sale of .45 caliber (larger bullet, for the unfamiliar) handguns vertical. In short, limit the magazine, and the caliber, the killing power, goes up. So that's not a "one stop shopping" solution. There is no one solution as there are multiple factors causing these events. Singling out guns as a remedy is not solely curative. There is a societal factor involved, and we must address, it.
joe insider December 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
You are correct Tom, there are multiple factors that cause these events. To look at gun control as the only remedy is simplistic and, most likely, ineffective. That being said, it is equally simplistic to remove the notion of gun control from the table. What LaPierre did was to offer a solution that is worth looking at. But he did so at the same time that he took another solution off the table- and that is even the slightest discussion of stronger gun control measures. Perhaps the position of some that stronger gun control measures will solve the problem is a bit myopic. However, to completely oppose even the mere suggestion that current gun laws are insufficient is equally myopic. Your statistics outlining the impact of the last "assault weapon" ban simply demonstrates how poorly written that ban was. In fact, it wasn't a ban at all. The criteria used to define "assault weapon" had next to nothing to do with the discharge rate of the weapon. The best approach would be to leave the entrenched and hardened positions at the door and put everything on the table. Yes, I do own a gun and have been shooting for a long time.
Concerned December 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
This forum is an important exchange of ideas. None of have the answers. I am convinced that assault weapons must be banned. Gun controls must be reformed. We must have background checks that are intrusive and require gun owner licensing. A written test must be passed. For example, if in Newton Ct, the Mother of the killer should of had to applied for a gun license. The local Police shuld have been asked is there any reason the Mother should not be provide a a gun license. I believe the Police would have said no, since she had an emotionally unstable person living in her home. If they did not know her, then the local police should be required to visit the Mothers home and interview her and anyone living in the home. Well it would have been very clear that due to her ill son, no way she would be given a gun license. Also a social worker would be assigned to ensure the killer would of been institutionalized. Intrusive background check with local police providing key input is needed.
joe insider December 24, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Sorry but you presume that the young man was emotionally unstable prior to the events. There is nothing in the reports that I am aware of that suggest that there was such knowledge that he was unstable. Simply being autistic does not make someone unstable. In fact, there is no greater occurrence of violence or aggressive behavior among autistic people then of the general population. You somehow think that, as a mother of an autistic child, she shouldn't have been allowed a gun. There is no statistical basis to support your contention. Further, to suggest that the killer would have been institutionalized forgets the fact that, up until that fateful day, he was not a killer nor were there signs that he would be a killer. Please do not stereotype the mentally challenged.
Concerned December 24, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Joe Insider, You are misinformed. He was isolated and lived in the basement of his home. The basement had pictures of every gun used by the military over its history. He was burning himself as he could not feel pain. The Mother needed help. He clearly had a dual diagnosis beyond autism. An intrusive background check would of kept guns out of that home and his Mother would of received the support she needed to deal with an emotionally unstable son. Instead she was killed in her bed and multiple murders were perpertrated on an elementary school.

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