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The powerful U.S. gun rights lobby called on Friday for armed police in all U.S. schools within weeks as Americans remembered the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre with a moment of silence.

National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said attempts to keep guns out of schools were ineffective

There's currently more than 132,000 K-12 schools (public and private) in the United States.

Most don't have armed security guards.

So let's hire 'em.  Just like the NRA demands.

Inventing a number, let's hypothecate we need to hire, train, and equip only 100,000 new security officers since many schools do already have armed guards.

Of course, that won't be enough.  We'd really need 200,000 As anyone who's seen a cop show knows, we're really need 200,000

The cop without backup is "OFFICER DOWN!"  

And there's normal sick days.  Sure wouldn't want to leave the kids at risk cuz' Officer Down has a cold.  Or his car broke down on the way to school.

Oh, never mind.  The math is staggering at just 100,000 new officers.

$60,000 a year each, including benefits.


That string of zeroes is $6 Billion, just for salaries, of not nearly enough officers.  Hundreds of millions more for training, uniforms, radios, and, yes, GUNS!

Surely we Democrats can get behind such an employment stimulus?  And our new corps of "Officer Downs" can go on duty in troubled neighborhoods when school isn't in session.

Now how to pay for it?


About 11,000,000 firearms were sold in the US in 2011.

Taxing the sale of a new firearm $6,011 each will the $6 Billion needed for salaries

The NRA!  Leading the way to a safer America.

They asked for it.  Let's give it to 'em

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  •  Finally, a diarist that understands economics! (3+ / 0-)
  •  Bad math, good idea. ;) (5+ / 0-)

    Six billion divided by eleven million is about $545.45, but aside from that, I think this is a fine plan. With the actual numbers, I even think that it's frankly reasonable. Except, of course, that putting an armed guard in every school would cost way more lives than it saved.

    Just how many more kids would get shot by those private security yahoos than saved by them is too depressing to contemplate. I promise you the net loss of life would be appalling.

    When actual police (who are better trained than mall cops) start patrolling schools, as they do in many places now, a lot of bad things happen, including a bunch of essentially harmless kids being funneled into the prison system -- and made harmful -- for the high treasonous crime of being disrespectful to cops.

    The NRA is made out of bad ideas and death, but this is truly one of their whoppers.

    See, I wanted this to be funny, but I just made myself sad again. :(

    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anaïs Nin

    by Valentine on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:50:51 PM PST

    •  Congressional Math !!! (4+ / 0-)
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      BusyinCA, Rogneid, pvasileff, davis90

      Ok.  I was doing Congressional Math.  You know, the kind that results in $200 hammers, $800 toilet seats, and, yes, Boehner's $224,000 annual salary as Speaker . . .

      And I have to confess I did the math on my little Apple Air Calculator.

      6,011,000,000 pasted from the result

      My bad.  Or my bad eyes.  Or maybe a bad Apple?  I didn't check the decimal placement in my head.  In fact, the number pasted and more legible here doesn't even have a decimal placement.

      You're right, though.  1,000,000 x 1,000 is a billion.

      So 11,000,000 times 1,000 would be $11 billion.

      So let's just forget the (erroneous) math, and tax the hell out of em anyway!

      Though as much as I though $6,011 gives a hint just how much those guns cost society, you can bet the NRA will be just as opposed to your $545.45

    •  Add in all the social costs... (0+ / 0-)

      Police calls and incidents, all medical costs, and lets say $10M for every life lost. Someone do the math.  

      Or require every gun owner to carry liability insurance that pays for all this stuff.  Just like health insurance.

      I'm still mad about Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:44:48 PM PST

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  •  Works for me! (0+ / 0-)

    There is the matter that we'd need to buy 100,000 guns for these armed guards. Assuming $500 per piece, 1 piece per guard, that's $50 million.

    Think the gun industry would give us a discount for this mass purchase? Or would they demand full price -- exactly as the pharmaceutical companies demand from Medicare?

  •  Maybe if guns weren't used to shoot them up... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....the NRA can go back to school to learn the definitions of "meaningful" and "contribution"

  •  I do believe that taxes and fees (2+ / 0-)
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    devis1, liberte

    are the way to go.  If you want to smoke cigarettes, you pay 3 times the cost of the cigarette to the government for taxes.

    Registering the gun should cost at least $200.00 a year and that should require proving financial security or buying liability insurance.  

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:12:30 PM PST

  •  Nah, just convert a couple of unnecessary ... (0+ / 0-)

    "administrative" positions in each school to security ones and it won't cost an additional dime.  In fact, it'd probably save money.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:09:46 PM PST

  •  look up (0+ / 0-)

    how much a TSA "agent" makes

  •  I'd like to see a 1$ per bullet fee. n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  There are 300+ milion guns & rifles in the US (0+ / 0-)

    You want 6 bills? Just apply a $20 per annum license fee.

    Personally I'd like to see that go toward federally funded, no-fault gun buy-back programs.

    Rather than fulfilling an answer to Wayne LaPierre's latest paranoid visions.

    •  Hidden Guns (0+ / 0-)

      Want the nutcases to go truly ballistitic?

      Try to force them to tell Obama where they hide their guns.  Which would be necessary to have a registration fee.

      I know guys, decent guys, but gun aficionados, who have large numbers of guns.  Theirs are more or less safely locked in gun safes.  But rather than register, they'd bury.

      Remember (my bad math aside) the NRA exists so profiteers can profit from selling guns and ammo and related gear.  Deer stands.  Automatic deer feeding stations to lure Bambi into the firing zone.  Scopes. Cleaning kits.  Gun Clubs.

      It is an enormous frickin' corporate business that exists to sell stuff to folks ranging from ranchers protecting herds from coyotes to wannabee Rambos.

      My idea (and others on Kos floated it yesterday) of accepting the NRA demand to put armed guards in every school, and to fund that NRA-demanded program by taxing the sale of new guns (a very Republican solution, that!) is of course a Trojan Horse.

      Tax the hell out of new gun sales and gut the NRA.

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