NRA Leader Asks America To Take Aim Off Guns, Focus On Protection


UPDATED: Friday December 21, 2012 6:40 PM

Central Ohio parents are not sure if the NRA’s proposal to put armed officers in all schools is the right decision.

The National Rifle Association’s statements, released on Friday in a morning news conference, are causing some people to ask whether more guns means fewer shootings on school campuses.

The shooting that left 27 people, as well as the shooter, dead in Newtown, Conn., is still fresh in the minds of many parents just a week after the deadly mass shooting.

Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, asked Congress to act immediately to prevent anything like the Connecticut shooting from happening again.

“I call on Congress today, to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers right now in every single school in the nation,” LaPierre said during the Friday news conference.

One parent told 10TV that she thought the request was large.

“By January, that’s a really quick turnaround,” the parent said.

Others in central Ohio said that they were in favor of the proposal.

“I am for the Second Amendment,” another parent said. “I think we should have a right to bear arms, and maybe things would be different if that would have been the case in Newtown.”

Another parent said that she did not believe situations like the one in Newtown are preventable.

“I don’t think you can prevent the incidents that occurred in Newtown, but you can minimize the damage with that particular scenario,” the parent said.

Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said that the NRA’s plan was great in theory but could be a questionable reality.

“You’re talking about some jurisdictions that have laid off police officers, and now you want to stretch their resources further?” Weiner said.

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