|Published:||Dec 21, 2012 10:08 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 21, 2012 10:40 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla - People across Southwest Florida are reacting to the comments made by the NRA.
Friday, for the first time since the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, we heard from the National Rifle Association.
The head of the organization, Wayne LaPierre, was very clear on where the NRA stands on the issue calling on the government to put armed police officers at every school in the country.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun," said LaPierre during a press conference Sunday.
Speaking exactly one week after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, LaPierre was straight to the point: prevent future mass shootings at schools by putting an armed police officer at every school in the country.
"I think airports and all other places have guards to protect and schools are a target because it's a known thing that there's nothing there to stop them," says Jon Bates.
Bates has twin six year old daughters at Seagate Elementary School. He understands Collier County is unique in having a Youth Relations Deputy patrol every school, but believes every school in the country should have that security.
"I think it should be everywhere. Up there that was supposed to be one of the safest towns and look what happened so to say it should be in just some places and not others, I think it should be in every school," says Bates.
Jesse Berger is a father of three from Michigan. He also agrees that it would be a good idea to have armed police in each school, but doesn't want more regulation. "I'm not pro regulation," says Berger. "But, at the schools choice, at the parents choice, the local level. To push those decisions to a local level. If we want to do it, let us do it."
LaPierre pointed out armed officers protect banks, airports and the president, but not the country's children and had a police officer been at Sandy Hook LaPierre says lives would have been saved.
Brandon Winstead, a youth minister from Kansas believes arming our schools doesn't address the bigger issue. "It still again does not address the problem of violence and how it is we feel it is okay to use violence to end violence constantly and it seems to be a cycle that just doesn't end."