LaPierre: ‘What’s Really Absurd – Not Protecting Children’

By Penny Starr | March 15, 2013 | 3:25 PM EDT

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( –National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre responded to critics’ charges that having armed security officers in the nation’s schools was “absurd” in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

“In December, I advanced nothing more than surrounding our school children with the same level of protection as our jewelry stores and sports stadiums – armed protection,” LaPierre said. “The vast majority of Americans agree and favor trained armed police and security officers in every school.”

He made the argument following the deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, who were shot by a deranged gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut late last year.

LaPierre said many of the people opposed to his idea, including politicians, are protected by armed guards.

“The powerful elite, who will always have their own security, called our proposal absurd,” LaPierre said. “You know what’s really absurd? Not protecting our children at school.”

LaPierre, who said in his remarks that the millions of gun owners who belong to the NRA would “never” give up their Second Amendment right to bear arms, declared that even after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary American school children are still at risk.

“Thousands of our schools today remain vulnerable as ever to the evil intentions of a mad man,” LaPierre said.