Armed Police in Every School?

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Armed Police in Every School?
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Fri, 12-21-2012 - 12:20pm

One week after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the most powerful gun organization in the country weighed in today with a call for armed guards at all the nation's schools.

The National Rifle Association had remained largely silent since last Friday's shooting, but called what it billed as a "major news conference" this morning in Washington.

11:24 a.m. The NRA is creating what is calling a "model school shield program" to help improve security at schools It will be lead by former Rep. Asa Hutchinson and will be made available to every school that wants it free of charge, LaPierre says.

11:21 a.m.LaPierre calls on Congress to immediately appropriate money to put armed officers in every school in America. The conversation on this idea has to start immediately. He says the NRA has 11,000 police training instructors willing to help out.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/12/21/nra-press-conference-newtown-gun-control/1783227/

Do you agree? Should there be an armed police officer(s) in every school?

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 1:00pm

Yes, but even one wouldn't be enough.  Changing shifts...bathroom breaks...lunch...not to mention that the first thing some crazy who wanted to shoot up a school would do is shoot the security guard.  Personally, I'm for having x-number of teachers/administrators volunteer for firearm and tactical training, with an increase in pay, of course.

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Sat, 12-22-2012 - 10:19am
No. It's a waste of very limited resources. Schools are statistically still some of the safest places for kids. School shootings happen and are horrific, but still rare, thank goodness. The money would be better spent elsewhere.
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 12-23-2012 - 3:39pm
No, But I am very anti-guns! We should NOT prepare our schools to become war zones, No patrol will stop a crazy person from entering school grounds anyway, What needs to be addressed is mental illness, My city's Sunday newspaper ran an interesting front page story on this - finding it and treating it not hiding from it or cutting back spending for it. My heart hurts for all the victims, that includes these killers that go mad too.

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 12-23-2012 - 3:53pm
Yes, And training will have to mean teaching a school administrator and teacher how to use one then too.. I can see it now... I hear somebody trying to break through the locked doors, Assume lock down position, I'll get him!! Geez.....

 


 


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Registered: 10-17-2012
Sun, 12-30-2012 - 6:05pm

Schools are statistically some of the safest places for kids only because there are so many kids corraled in our schools and there are so few shooting rampages.  It has nothing whatever to do with the institution or the administration creating a "safe" environment.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Sun, 12-30-2012 - 6:14pm

No patrol will stop a crazy person from entering school grounds anyway

Your right that mental health should be a big topic of discussion, and you may also be right that no armed guard could stop a crazy person from entering school grounds...but an armed defense could stop the progress of a shooter intent on killing as many people as possible.  At Columbine, and even the CT shooting, there was no one with the power to confront the shooter(s) and prevent him from moving through the school killing as he went.

In both incidents, teachers shut their doors trying to deny the shooters access, but that is hardly a defense against a determined killer and, he managed to open the door, there is nothing the teacher or students could have done to prevent a slaughter.  Now if the teacher had a gun...or if another teacher had a gun and confronted the shooter while he was occupied at the door...they could very well have taken out the shooter and saved the lives of the students...otherwise, they're all just sitting ducks.

The NRA was right...the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is with a good person with a gun.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Sun, 12-30-2012 - 6:18pm
Yes, And training will have to mean teaching a school administrator and teacher how to use one then too.. I can see it now... I hear somebody trying to break through the locked doors, Assume lock down position, I'll get him!! Geez.....
Instead, we heard screaming teachers and crying children...until we heard nothing. Personally, I'd prefer we had good people trained to confront the bad people to save the innocent people.
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 1:07pm
I agree with this deenasdad! Newtown is a classic example of how safe schools aren't when a real life crisis happens... FWIW I substitute teach in the schools here, there is no training or written instructions of what to do if that were to happen here and while veteran teachers and admin may know that's NOT everybody. Weren't many of those teachers young (and weren't a couple assumed to be subs, too?), You have to wonder just how safe and prepared schools are, Workshops and practice drills could be very beneficial even for subs and temporary staff!

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 9:58am
Well, the chaos wouldn't stop and the danger could be worse if guns are allowed in schools. The NRA isn't about to back down on rights to own a gun - that's a no brainer, But more accessibility won't solve a thing, The only "good guys with guns" are the police.

 


 


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Registered: 10-17-2012
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 11:11pm

What's the difference between a police officer trained to use a firearm and a teacher trained to use a firearm?  And what's the benefit of a police officer with a gun if that police officer only arrives AFTER the killing has taken place?

And statistically, the places with the most stringent gun laws are also the places with the highest crime rates.  What's a no brainer, is that if there were teachers in that elementary school, or Columbine, trained to use a gun and trained in tactics, there would be a lot more innocent kids alive today.

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