NRA Wants to Arm Glen Cove Schools

Long Island officials pan National Rifle Association's insistence on armed guards on school grounds.

Police training exercises have already been scheduled throughout the Glen Cove School District over Christmas break. That was one immediate response to the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Yet if the National Rifle Association has its way, armed guards on school grounds will be a way of life. That was one of the key points the organization made Friday, one week after a lone gunman shook the nation.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre defended the rights of gun owners at a press conference and called for greater security as a deterrence.

"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," LaPierre said.

Glen Cove Schools Superintendent Joseph Laria didn't return calls seeking comment, but in a letter to parents earlier this week, promised to evaluate the district's security measures.

"The district will continue to evaluate its current safety protocols and procedures," Laria said. "The district is in full compliance with the Federal SAVE Legislation (Schools Against Violence in Education). Nevertheless, we assure staff, parents and residents that we will remain constantly vigilant in our efforts to identify ways we can strengthen and improve the district’s current school safety and emergency plans."

Will a change in security measures mean armed guards? The reaction was loud and definitive elsewhere on Long Island. 

"It is ludicrous," Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said. "Kids – especially grammar school kids – shouldn't have to walk into a school with police set up there [with] the fear that there's something bound to happen. The bottom line here is that the guns are getting into the hands of the people that they shouldn't be getting into."

The conversation was also pointed on Glen Cove Patch's Facebook page

Critics were quick to point out that Colorado's Columbine High School had an armed guard. That didn't stop an infamous mass shooting in 1999.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, who earlier called for guns to be kept out of schools, slammed the NRA. “The statement given this morning by NRA President Wayne LaPierre was tragically out of touch," Israel said. "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.”

Matthew Hogan and Joe Dowd contributed to this report.

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Concerned Long Islander December 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I am God-smacked...
tj December 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM
First the less guns in schools the better.....Maybe to create jobs there can be one armed security person per school.....But arming multiple people just equals more bullets in the air....when police arrive and see anyone in plain clothes with a gun,,,accidental shootings will occur.....And everyone is tough shooting guns until they hear gun shots, see some blood, then that shooting hand becomes mighty awfully shaky......Public still doesnt understand the less gun the better.....but they ruined that just in under 20 years...I say we follow the 2nd am. and everyone is allowed a musket........
Marc Rosen December 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Armed guards didn't stop Columbine. They DON'T stop school shootings. If you DO want to stop school shootings, stop putting kids and teens on psychotropic drugs! We over-prescribe, excessively criticize, and blame at the drop of a hat, but how many of you actually PARENT YOUR CHILDREN?! I had to raise MYSELF, because MY parents were too busy trying to kill each other to do their damn jobs! They were too busy blaming the world, and when I tried to kill myself at age 9, they didn't even notice. Of course, I doubt many of you would notice a child or teen in need of help, and even if you did, the first response would be "What pill does he need?"
george milhaven December 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
what will the peaple in charge of the safty of the school children do on monday when school opens, but a sign on the front door saying saying, no guns alowded,we are in albany, washington , were ever, wasting mouths ,years , do something , like putting a arm person, some place in or near the threat.until then protect the children .
John December 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
There are many facets to our school shooting problem to be analyzed with care to make the necessary changes without forgetting the enormity of the task at hand. However in the mean time if we can protect every nook & cranny in Mineola county buildings, which I have witnessed in person with multiple scanning and an handful of redundant police officer at every portal protecting adults, what's the problem of taking some of that wasted taxpayers's dollars and cover our schools until the dust settles and hopefully find a permanent solution!
Pazzo December 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Many people don't want to get involved and turn a blind eye when seeing signs of trouble with a kid. And then it costs $ for the schools to get involved in helping students with problems. It takes a village, but somebody else's village.
Matt Grabowski December 22, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Haha I can't believe the amount of stupidity you adults post on these "articles". You're all adults, yet you still have no common sense. The Gun Free Zone act of 1990 banned all firearms on school grounds...does that sound smart? Sure, until you realize that a criminal wouldn't follow the law anyway and the act would only prevent sane persons from carrying. If it's a schools duty to educated a child, and that child should be in the building for 7+ hours a day, don't you think the school should protect that child? How are they going to do that when someone walks in the door? Do you really think an unarmed, out of shape security guard can stop an offender?
Matt Grabowski December 22, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Grace Slezak December 22, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Is it true? I heard that the Glen Cove High School was closed on Friday? If so, why?
John December 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
An hoax thank God. Kids and their pranks can break a parent's heart.
Pazzo December 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM
What are they going to do, post a Navy Seal at every classroom? If some nut shows up with an automatic weapon the guard would likely be the 1st to go, armed or not.
John December 23, 2012 at 02:56 AM
.....and you think controlling 300,000,000 guns and/or 80,000,000 gun owners is achievable when we cannot control 1,000,000 criminals? How is that war on illegal drugs working out for you? I am not suggesting giving up, h--l no, but why dismiss out right the help of those 80,000,000 when most of them can "control" a criminal 24/7.


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