Gun control advocates have expressed disbelief over a National Rifle Association (NRA) suggestion to place armed guards in every school and its blame on media, music and video games for gun violence.
On Friday, Executive Vice President for the NRA, Wayne LaPierre said that violent Hollywood movies, video games and the media are responsible for creating a culture of violence in the country.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said at a Washington press conference, adding, “with all the money in the federal budget can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”
LaPierre said that when there are millions of retired and active police officers in the force, military veterans and private security guards, a comprehensive protection plan should be devised, to hire such qualified and trained people for the job.
LaPierre said America has left its schoolchildren “utterly defenseless -- and the monsters and the predators of the world know it and exploit it.”
He criticized Congress for ignoring the importance of creating a database of mentally ill people and called for increased federal prosecution of all those who posses illegal weapons.
The NRA’s statement prompted reactions from gun control advocates who said a volunteer force is an impractical idea.
"The last thing we need are the George Zimmermans of the world patrolling our schools," Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, told NBC News. She was referring to the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida.
However, LaPierre insisted that the only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.
"I don’t even know where to begin," said Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chairman in an interview on MSNBC after hearing LaPierre’s proposal. "As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA — even though I’m not a member of the NRA — I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that our country now is talking about arming our teachers and our principals in classrooms."
New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and New York City Mayor,called the suggestion something ‘beyond belief’ and a ‘shameful evasion’ of the present gun crisis in the country.
Still there are some who think that the idea, if successfully carried out, might prevent future tragedies.