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NRA Proposal for Armed Officers at Schools Backed by State Superintendent

On Friday, a National Rifle Association executive called for Congress to foot the bill for armed guards at every school in the country.

The National Rifle Association's suggestion of having armed officers at schools as a deterrent to mass shootings has found approval from Georgia School Superintendent John Barge.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Having a school resource officer would certainly be ideal,” Matt Cardoza, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Education, said Friday after a conversation with Barge. “It makes the school a safer place, but the state would have to pick up a significant part of that cost.

"Districts aren’t really in a position to pay for more than what they’re already struggling to pay for.”

On Friday, a National Rifle Association executive called for Congress to foot the bill for armed guards at every school in the country.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

According to the AJC, the cost for such security in Georgia would come to nearly $47 million per year, if the officers earned an average annual salary of $35,000. The state has 2,289 public schools in the 2011-12 school year, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Education.

Do you agree with the NRA proposal for armed security in schools? Do you feel the Georgia Legislature should appropriate the funds for security? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Jac Viers December 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Did Adam Lanza's mother (Nancy) violate Connecticut gun laws? CONNECTICUT STATE STATUES: CHAPTER 529 * DIVISION OF STATE POLICE Sec. 29-37i. (Formerly Sec. 29-37c). Responsibilities re storage of loaded firearms with respect to minors. No person shall store or keep any loaded firearm on any premises under his control if he knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the permission of the parent or guardian of the minor unless such person (1) keeps the firearm in a securely locked box or other container or in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure or (2) carries the firearm on his person or within such close proximity thereto that he can readily retrieve and use it as if he carried it on his person. For the purposes of this section, "minor" means any person under the age of sixteen years.
Jac Viers December 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Adam Lanza was the only one living with his mother (Nancy), she didn't feel compel to LOCK and SECURE her weapons (the public does not know if in fact her weapons were locked and secured, as the CT State Police spokesperson has not said to the contrary they were), maybe because Adam was 20 years of age (considered an adult) and not a "minor". Apparently, she didn't violate state law. But not LOCKING and SECURING her weapons... cost her, her life and the lives of all those little children and adults. Perhaps, the term "minor" needs some tweaking from Connecticut's state legislators were it means any person under the age of 25 years. And, the law should add... No person shall store or keep any loaded firearm on any premises under his control if he knows or reasonably should know that a minor or psychologically ill person (on medicine for such illness) is likely to gain access to the firearm without the permission of the parent or guardian.
a worker December 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Here's an idea..... Maybe if this little punk got his back side tanned a little nore often and a few less "time outs" this would never have happened. Who is the moron that came up with the time out idea? Dr Phil? Many (but not all) of you parents are missing the boat when it comes to keeping your kids in check. Many of you demand that GOD be kept out of schools....BIG MISTAKE...BIG...BIG...BIG MISTAKE. When you keep GOD out someone else will be happy to take GOD'S place. You are seeing proof of that each and every week. For those of you that believe that armed personel in schools is a bad idea think about this.... If you ever planned on doing somethig as stupid as this where would you go? To a school that has armed personel or one with no armed personel

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