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  •  Automatically bad? Maybe... (6+ / 0-)

    although I know you're wrong in this case in Denver (as they're not removing police from schools), and you're wrong in regard to the current proposals from the administration.

    From proposed Congressional actions:

    Financing programs to train more police officers, first responders and school officials on how to respond to active armed attacks.
    From executive actions:
    Providing law enforcement authorities, first responders and school officials with proper training for armed attacks situations.

    Developing model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

    “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: 'More guns,' you’ll claim, 'are the NRA’s answer to everything!'" -- Wayne LaPierre

    by tytalus on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13:51 AM PST

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    •  Interesting. Here I thought that people were (0+ / 0-)

      against more guns in schools on DK (with some exception). I keep seeing it...

      Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

      by KVoimakas on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:27:51 AM PST

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      •  Yes, and I am (9+ / 0-)

        and Colorlines has also criticized Obama's proposals in this area. And rightly so.

        Obama is calling on Congress to fund schools to hire up to 1,000 more counselors, psychologists, social workers, and school resource officers, among other initiatives. While the name “school resource officers” is a rather benign term, they are actually typically sheriff’s deputies dispatched to patrol schools. As experience shows, more law enforcement officers do not necessarily make for safer school environments, and in fact can contribute to dynamics which push students out of school. As law enforcement officers who are called on to serve a disciplinary function in schools, they are a central part of the school-to-prison pipeline machine, an apparatus so-named for the ratcheting up of school discipline in the nation which has funneled youth, a disproportionate number of them black and Latino, out of schools and into the criminal justice system.
        However, police officers in schools don't necessarily equal armed guards, and I see little to argue about the collaborative approach in Denver. They may provide an example for using Obama's push for more cops and redirecting those resources to a better end.

        “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: 'More guns,' you’ll claim, 'are the NRA’s answer to everything!'" -- Wayne LaPierre

        by tytalus on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:45:32 AM PST

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