So the NRA thinks the way to prevent mass shootings is to station a police office in every school.
Okay... according to the DoE, there are 98817 public schools in the U.S. as of 2009-2010. (http://nces.ed.gov/...). I'm going to skip private schools because they should pay for their own security, right??
Let's say a police officer makes $50K a year. This is admittedly a guess - an officer in every school would ranged from small schools in rural areas to large ones in dense cities. However, we'd certainly want to have fairly experienced officers in place - after all, a rookie may not make as much, but then would parents be happy with a new police academy graduate being the armed presence at their child's school?
That works out to about 4.9 billion dollars of annual salary. Naturally I'm sure the NRA also advocates this to be paid out of the profits of weapons makers?
Every state's education budget is under a lot of stress - 4.9 billion a year is an average of 100 million per state per year. Draining that much money into stationing an officer at each school is outrageous compared to spending that money on, I don't know, education, teachers, perhaps even mental health issues.
I mean come on NRA, an advanced nation with an armed officer at schools? That sounds to me like a war zone description. Armed guards at schools in Afghanistan, armed guards at schools in Somalia, armed guards at schools in the U.S.? Seriously?? Rather than some reasonable limits on guns?