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Chuck Pinkey

January 2, 2013

NRA is right about armed guards in schools

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Right now, before another little candle is extinguished, let us heed the advice of one of the few individuals who has an immediate and sensible solution to prevent another Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. That man is Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.

After all, who knows more about firearms and gun safety than they? In the real world, they have taught more parents and children about gun safety than any other organization, politician, or congressional committee. Without question, they have saved more lives than any gun law.

In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, LaPierre lays the blame on violent video games, the media sensationalizing every tragedy, and the absence of armed guards at school. He is right, and couple these with the decay of the traditional two-parent family, the lessening influence of religion, and the general moral decline of society, and is it any wonder that life has been cheapened?

The NRA dismissed calls for increased gun control, calling instead for Congress to support a plan to put armed police officers in “every single school” in America. “If banks and members of Congress can have protection, schools across America should be afforded the same security.” LaPierre said.

He further stated, “Will you at least admit it possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day,” if the shooter had encountered “qualified armed security?” He is right and equally right when he says, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

This could easily be accomplished, and it may be as simple as police officers spending the final month or two of their careers in a local public school, armed and in uniform. What additional cost or bureaucracy would this entail, and how could anyone object to a 25-30 year veteran police officer guarding their children?

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