In their press conference today, which they described as the beginning of a conversation but at which they refused to take questions, officials for the National Rifle Association blamed the media and politicians for creating a culture of violence and then letting bad people know that schools were easy targets. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said the group’s top lobbyist Wayne LaPierre as he called for volunteer NRA armed guards (apparently, to be deputized by police forces) to stand in every school in America.
With all the foreign aid the United States does, with all the money in the federal budget, can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school? Even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the right, the ability, and the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.
Now, the National Rifle Association knows there are millions of qualified and active retired police, active, Reserve, and retired military, security professionals, certified firefighters, security professionals, rescue personnel, an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every single school.
We could deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer, relying on the brave men and women in America’s police forces. The budgets — and you all know this, everyone in the country knows this — of our local police departments are strained, and the resources are severely limited, but their dedication and courage is second to none. And, they can be deployed right now.
I call on Congress today, to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. And, to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January.
Did you see that sleight of hand, how retired military, firefighters and “an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens” from the NRA’s membership list suddenly morphed into “armed police officers” who can be “deployed right now”? That’s a “well regulated militia” doing what it was intended for, that is.
They’re calling it the “National Model School Shield Program” and promising to put NRA resources behind finding the people to stand armed guard in schools and to give them training. The program is to be headed by former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, who explained:
This will be a program that does not depend on massive funding from local authorities or the federal government. Instead, it will make use of local volunteers serving in their own communities.
In my home state of Arkansas, my son was a volunteer with a local group called Watchdog Dads who volunteer their time at schools, who patrol playgrounds and provide a measure of added security. President Clinton initiated a program called Cops In School, but the federal response is not sufficient for today’s task.
Whether they’re retired police, retired military, or rescue personnel, I think there are people in every community in this country who would be happy to serve if only someone asked them and gave them the training and certifications to do so.
The National Rifle Association is the natural obvious choice to sponsor this program.
Armed NRA wingnuts in every school – including every inner-city High School – in America, deputized by the local cops so they get to play goosestepping clown legally. What could go wrong with that plan?