Tell Us: Would the NRA Idea Protect Schools?

Organization wants armed guards at public schools to protect against attacks.

The National Rifle Association said Friday the country should institute a program to arm and train guards in schools as the best way to keep children safe from gun violence.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, "I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January."

His statement came in response to last week's massacre of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

His words brought immediate opposition. Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington:“The statement given this morning by NRA President Wayne LaPierre was tragically out of touch. We do not need an arms race in our schools. We need common-sense initiatives like limits on high-capacity assault magazines and closing the  gun show loophole. It's time for common ground, not more guns on school playgrounds.”

What do you think? Should schools be protected by armed guards? Would that make children and staff safer? Tell us in the comments.

Irene Miscione December 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I'm afraid it's come down to this. Perhaps if the school officials were armed those children would still be alive. Lets face it, none of us wants violence but we do need to protect ourselves and the ones we love from those who thrive on the violence. We need a fighting chance.
Philip A Byler December 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The error of Steve Israel's comment about not allowing guns on school grounds is that the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut had that very policy -- no guns allowed on school grounds -- but the mass shooting still occurred and in a state with the fifth toughest gun control laws in the country. The Newtown school shooting was no exception. Almost every mass shooting that has taken place in this country in the last 60 years has occurred in a "gun free" zone. To quote Einstein, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." What stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.
Bill L. December 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Gee.....I don't recall anyone bashing Bill Clinton in 2000 when he wanted put an armed guard in every school after Columbine.
C.M.G-R December 23, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Bill L, Clinton's response to Columbine was much more nuanced than the NRA's self-serving solution. Clinton funded a program that expanded police presence in schools (there is a big difference between an "armed guards" and a police officer) in about a thousand "high risk" schools where, in his words at the time, "they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need." At the same time, he funded expansion programs for counseling elementary school students. He caught plenty of heat from Republicans who said he did not do enough to address violent media concerns.
Sig35 December 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM
If you'd look at the facts about Columbine you'd realize that Neil Gardner, an armed sheriff's deputy assigned as security for the high school, was not actually inside the school at the time of the shooting. He was sitting in his car out in the parking lot eating lunch. When he went to investigate the gunshots, he ended up firing on one of the shooters (Eric Harris) with his duty handgun from the cover of his car (60 yards away). While at this range it was difficult to take an effective shot, It no doubt distracted Harris from shooting kids and giving them a chance to escape. He and the other police that eventually responded saved numerous lives and prevented a far worse situation than had no one been there to confront the shooters.


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