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NRA Speech Draws Mixed Reactions from Levittown Residents

Wayne LaPierre called for new security measures in public schools on Friday. Credit: John Ness
Wayne LaPierre called for new security measures in public schools on Friday. Credit: John Ness
In a Friday morning press conference in Washington DC, the National Rifle Association (NRA) broke its week-long silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for armed security guards in every school across the country.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre  called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Do Levittown and Island Trees need armed security guards? This question drew mixed reactions from Levittown Patch Facebook users:

Suzanne Geddes Mallozzi - "Trying to divert the blame away from themselves. No, Levittown doesn't need guns, parents need to stop with the entitlements , saying "not my child" and start taking responsibility for what their children do!"

Aj Rydberg  - "Why not we have tons of military coming home to no jobs ....armed guards are paid to protect our money to and from banks ..why not have one protect our kids?"

Scott Brindisi - "We have armed guards at Walmart protecting merchandise why would we not want to at least put a deterrent in the schools. Is it such an outrageous idea?"

David MacDonald  - "do we REALLY want our schools to be like prisons? What sort of country are we that we need armed guards at our schools."

How do you feel about the NRA's suggestion of having armed security guards at schools? Tell us in the comments below.
megan hetzel December 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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Anne Hanna December 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Absolute "NO". The kids have too much to fear already and that could lead to psychological issues or neurosis. Absolute monitoring of who enters is essential with the addition of call/push buttons to police and higher levels. The Newtown episode is a complete tragedy with loss of so many lives. However, (and no offense) the likelihood of a child getting killed by a heinous, psychotic and murdering shooter is statistically extremely low compared to auto accidents and poising by household products.
the j c December 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Remember if we do get armed guards, school taxes will rise. We all complain about how much it costs to run our schools. I realize you can't put a price on the safety of our children,but the cost will rise.
yeahitzme December 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM
All the call buttons in the world wouldn't have saved those lives in Newtown...and no community thinks it's ever going to happen in their community. Those students that survived were insightful enough to "play" dead and "that" saved their lives in that moment. I would rather have an informed and prepared student and child rather than a student or child that was "spared" the vital (age-appropriate) information they may have needed in the very slim, but realistic chance in this sad day and age, to survive such an atrocity! I would imagine any one of those parents would have "welcomed" an armed guard at the doors of Newtown Elementary rather than a alert or buzzer system as a defense...remember...this maniac only needed less than 4 four minutes to take out the innocent lives of 20 children and 6 brave staff members...it may have taken 10 seconds for an armed guard to take out "one" insane" lunatic and those precious lives could be here celebrating the holidays with their families as they should be...sorry, but if I am willing to pay higher taxes for retirement and health benefits for instructors and updating facilities and tecnology for our schools...i don't think i will have a problem paying that extra few dollars it would cost to protect the "one" thing that I find important in that building,,,our children!! As we all hustle and bustle through our Holiday and Christmas and New Year...keep those who are not with us in mind and the true meaning of the season...GOD BLESS and...Peace to ALL!!

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