It was a plan endorsed by the NRA not long after the Newtown mass murder and disparaged by liberals who think the only solution to “gun violence” at schools is to post gun-free zone signs. And when that doesn’t work, the solution is to post more gun-free zone signs. Eventually, it’ll work.
Well, now the Justice Department is allocating $45 million dollars to pay for armed police officers throughout the country’s government schools:
“The Department of Justice announced Friday it’s giving nearly $45 million to fund 356 new school resource officer positions. Funding will be provided by grants from the department’s Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, office. ‘Just over nine months after the senseless mass shooting at Sandy Hook, we remain committed to providing every resource we can to ensure that the children of Newtown can feel safe and secure at school and elsewhere,”‘ Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “And as we hold lost loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, we resolve to continue to support and protect this community — and to help them heal together.” Holder announced the department has allocated $150,000 to put police officers in schools in Newtown. The grant from the department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is intended to fund two positions, such as resource officers.”
I realize the NRA was a big supporter of more police at government schools, but I never liked the idea. The NRA is right on a few things, but one thing that government schools don’t need is more of a police state.
If government schools are going to exist, the most common sense measure to take is to legalize the 2nd Amendment. Allow teachers and other officials to carry concealed, and make sure they’re trained.
Of course, not every teacher will want to carry. That’s OK. But at least a few officials will want to, and those are the ones that should carry.
I don’t understand how a police officer is a better option than a concealed carrier. If there is another school shooting, the murderer will look for the armed guard first and take him out. That’s not a guarantee, but that cop would have a target on his back. Wouldn’t it be better if the murderer didn’t know who was carrying? The murderer would be walking into a trap the moment he walks through the door.
A surefire way to protect your own kids from school shootings is to get them out of government schools. They’re obviously extremely dangerous places to be. They’re criminal magnets. It makes no sense to send kids to places that are prone to being targets of mass murders.