Local Parents React To NRA Comments On Gun Violence

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The National Rifle Association is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school. Top lobbyist for the NRA, Wayne LaPierre said during a Washington, D.C. news conference that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The NRA broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 people, mostly school children, dead. In a speech that was interrupted twice by protesters blaming the NRA for the rise in gun violence nationwide, LaPierre accused the media, video games, and music as the cause of the violence.

KAKE's Chris Frank spoke with local parents in Valley Center about the NRA's suggestion.

Parent Fernetta Phillips says, "If it takes an officer being in schools, I think it's important."

Superintendent of Valley Center Schools Cory Gibson told Chris Frank more security isn't necessarily a bad thing. "I think every superintendent, school board, and staff member would say the more measures the better."

However, Gibson says, the question is, who will pay for the additional security?

"Certainly county governments, City governments and school districts have all seen their share of cuts over the past several years."

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