Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is furious at the media’s laughing at him over this Friday press conference where not only did he get the number of children murdered at Sandy Hook wrong, but he asserted that armed guards at schools would stop the violence. One of his favorite attacks is to claim that the media is protected by armed guards.
While on Meet The Press, LaPierre stated “Most of the media — I know you don’t have armed guards here — but most of the media, when I go around this country, they’re protected by armed guards.”
Um…neither the headquarters of LezGetReal or the Rutland Herald have armed guards. In fact, outside of active war zones, and even inside war zones, journalists and the ‘media’ are not protected by armed guards, though FOX does have a couple of NYPD officers on site, but that is so rare that, apparently, it was worth commenting on.
On the same show, LaPierre also stated “If it’s crazy to call for armed officers in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.”
When asked by David Gregory about banning the overly large clips, LaPierre resonded “I don’t think it would make one difference.” He tried to change the subject, and at one point stated “I know there’s a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happens. I know there’s an anti-Second Amendment industry in this town … I’m telling you what I think will make people feel safe, and every mom and dad will make them feel better: If we have a police officer in that school, a good guy that if some horrible monster tries to do something, will be there to protect them.”
Most Middle and High schools have armed guards called resource officers. At Brandon High School back in 1992, there was a resource officer nicknamed “Moose”. It was, from what I’ve been told, a rip on the character Nostradamus ‘Bull’ Shannon from the comedy Night Court. I remember the school pretty well. There were something like 16 entrances, and while there were not a lot of windows, there were some. In all, there were some twenty entrances to the school, and that does not include the roof. In 1992, a young man broke into the school via the roof.
Columbine High School had an armed guard. Here is the layout of Columbine High:
The guard was on one side of the school and could not get there in time to stop the massacre. A commenter at the Daily Beast also noted that it is nearly impossible to stop a gunman armed with a rifle or several rifles with a pistol. The unfortunate reality is that armed guards are not likely to make a difference.