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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?

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  •  The NRA wants a force of armed guards in (0+ / 0-)

    every school, but won't raise taxes to pay for it. I guess we could always layoff all the teachers, and let the armed guards do double duty.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:41:40 PM PST

  •  The NRA basically says (0+ / 0-)

    the best answer to any gun violence is more guns, and if that doesn't do it then get even more guns, and so on and so forth. And if that makes the gun industry rich, then Thank God for coincidence.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:46:04 PM PST

  •  I'll do it cheap. (1+ / 0-)
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    Illinois IRV

    Though some of these kids today really make me mad. They have no respect, no respect I tell you. I'd like to teach them a lesson they'd never forget. Little so and so's.

    So then we'd have to arm the kids so they can protect themselves from abusive guards.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 03:35:56 PM PST

  •  Not that I want to see this happen (0+ / 0-)

    but they could get the money and free up the necessary officers, by ending the war on drugs.
    That costs my small state $400million/year, just sayin'

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 03:41:52 PM PST

  •  Meanwhile they are laying off 140 cops in Camden (0+ / 0-)

    Christie doesn't want to pay cops to be cops,but he's going to pay for this ? In theory you wouldn't have to hire that many additional police for many areas. I work as a Parole Officer in NJ. We are armed,have full power of arrests,go to an academy. Contracts could be worked out with our police unions to work these schools on our days off for extra money. Between police,sheriff's officers,parole,corrections,troopers we have enough guys to do this,but not for free and not to get involved in all the other crap that goes on in schools like drugs,fights etc.
    It could be done if the parents wanted it.

  •  The NRA doesn't go far enough (1+ / 0-)
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    What use are armed guards without a clear field of fire?

    We need to  remove all brush and shrubery and walls surrounding the schools to provide a clear kill zone.  A few anti-personnel mines would help prevent would-be mass murderers from sneaking up on the guards.

    Then, we probably need armed guards to guard the armed guards, in case any of them get ideas.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:42:57 PM PST

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