(Image Source: The New York Times)


BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Logan Tittle



One week after a shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 children and six adults, the National Rifle Association announced what it believes is the best way to prevent a crime like this from happening in the future. The solution?

Wayne LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”



The organization faced backlash from school, union and political leaders almost immediately.

Sen Richard Blumenthal: “The NRA has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner.”
Captain Mark Kelly: “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of it’s own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms.”

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association said in a joint statement, “Guns have no place in our schools. Period. We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees.”

New York Daily News quotes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saying, I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment. … I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting [in an] armed guard — because for it to be really effective, in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you’d have to have an armed guard outside every classroom.”

While the specifics of this proposal have not yet been released, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 98,817 Kindergarten through 12 grade schools in the United States; and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers make $55,000 a year.

A writer for Business Insider estimates the cost of actually going forward with the NRA’s proposal would be $5.4 billion a year at the least, noting cops also have health care, pension and disability benefits that would been to be provided - and that’s just with one officer per school and not including private schools.

A writer for Slate notes that while the proposed solution from the NRA could be helpful in preventing school shootings, it ignores the larger issue.

“What happened at Sandy Hook was terrible, but at least 78 people have been shot and killed in America since then. If you want to regulate guns more strictly, the smart play is to focus on the portable concealable handguns that are widely used in those "ordinary" crimes and if you want to spend billions on hiring new police officers the smart play to focus on deploying them in the high-crime neighborhoods where most of the murdering happens.”

The NRA has set up for its “National School Shield” proposal, and officials are scheduled to appear on Sunday morning talk shows to continue making their case.

NRA's 'Good Guys with Guns' Plan Met with Hesitation

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Dec 22, 2012

NRA's 'Good Guys with Guns' Plan Met with Hesitation

(Image Source: The New York Times)


BY CHARESSE JAMES
Anchor Logan Tittle



One week after a shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 children and six adults, the National Rifle Association announced what it believes is the best way to prevent a crime like this from happening in the future. The solution?

Wayne LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”



The organization faced backlash from school, union and political leaders almost immediately.

Sen Richard Blumenthal: “The NRA has declined to step forward as a credible and constructive partner.”
Captain Mark Kelly: “The NRA could have chosen to be a voice for the vast majority of it’s own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms.”

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association said in a joint statement, “Guns have no place in our schools. Period. We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees.”

New York Daily News quotes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saying, I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment. … I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting [in an] armed guard — because for it to be really effective, in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you’d have to have an armed guard outside every classroom.”

While the specifics of this proposal have not yet been released, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 98,817 Kindergarten through 12 grade schools in the United States; and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers make $55,000 a year.

A writer for Business Insider estimates the cost of actually going forward with the NRA’s proposal would be $5.4 billion a year at the least, noting cops also have health care, pension and disability benefits that would been to be provided - and that’s just with one officer per school and not including private schools.

A writer for Slate notes that while the proposed solution from the NRA could be helpful in preventing school shootings, it ignores the larger issue.

“What happened at Sandy Hook was terrible, but at least 78 people have been shot and killed in America since then. If you want to regulate guns more strictly, the smart play is to focus on the portable concealable handguns that are widely used in those "ordinary" crimes and if you want to spend billions on hiring new police officers the smart play to focus on deploying them in the high-crime neighborhoods where most of the murdering happens.”

The NRA has set up for its “National School Shield” proposal, and officials are scheduled to appear on Sunday morning talk shows to continue making their case.

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