Skip to comments.Minnesotans respond to NRA's proposal for armed guards in schools
Posted on 12/21/2012 6:50:06 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
MINNEAPOLIS At a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association proposed adding armed security at all U.S. schools.
The organization's suggestion comes exactly one week after 20 children and six adults were shot to death in a Connecticut school. Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation, and some members of the NRA, are divided on the proposal.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre announced Operation School Shield during a presentation interrupted twice by protesters who shouted that the NRA is to blame for gun violence. LaPierre ignored the protestors and said violent movies and video games were to blame for the carnage that took the lives of 26 people inside Sandy Hook elementary school last week. Had there been an armed guard or police officer at the school that day, LaPierre said, maybe their lives would have been spared.
"With all the money in the federal budget, can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school," Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz said. "I refuse to believe that our schools have to become armed encampments where our children don't feel safe."
Walz represents the First Congressional District. He is a former educator and a current member of the NRA. The gun rights group endorsed Walz during his recent reelection campaign. But Walz said the plan suggested by the NRA ignores several other ways to try to reduce gun violence that he and other 2nd Amendment supporters are considering.
"From accessibility of weapons, to mental health parity, to background check funding; to every issue that's out there," Walz said. "But I can't state how incredibly disappointed I am with the approach taken this morning."
Other Minnesota lawmakers also say the answer to last week's shooting must involve other options. Sen. Al Franken said he has listened to hunters, mental health professionals and other stakeholders who suggested what he calls common sense solutions. The Minnesota Democrat said some people are discussing tightening rules that allow private gun sales without a background check. Private sales amount to about 40 percent of all gun sales, Franken said.
"That's like having, at the airport, letting 40 percent of the people go through without being checked," Franken said.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar also named several alternatives to the NRA's plan. She supports renewing the ban on "assault weapons" and is open to exploring restrictions on high-capacity magazines.
"There are a number of things where we can come together in a common sense approach," Klobuchar said. "And I'm much more interested in talking about that going forward than the divisiveness. I think there's room to get something done here for the first time in years and there should be."
There are already armed police officers in Minnesota schools. In the Minneapolis Public School system, the third largest district in the state, 16 armed Minneapolis police officers work as liasion officers in more than 70 schools. The officers are more than armed security guards, former Minneapolis police chief Tim Dolan said.
"They're there for bus loading, bus unloading, traffic safety. They also bond with the kids and help in many other ways," Dolan said. "So it's been a win-win, especially in the city of Minneapolis."
Dolan said school administrators and local law enforcement officials are those who are most qualified to make decisions about school safety not the NRA.
Over the last several days, MPR News has spoken with Minnesotans in the Public Insight Network who identify as NRA-members. Many had opinions similiar to those of Joe DeSua of Apple Valley. DeSua teaches firearms safety classes for people who want to obtain a gun carry permit. He said armed security is a good idea, as long as it is part of a plan implemented by the schools, not by the state or federal government.
"I think that having either armed teachers in the classrooms or armed guards or armed police there will help diminish the chances of this happening or if they do happen will diminish the amount of damage done," DeSua said.
He said that teachers should have to volunteer to carry a gun and would have to undergo special training.
The idea of more guns in Minnesota schools and classrooms is not popular with the state teachers union. Education Minnesota president Tom Dooher in a statement said that the solution to gun violence is not more guns. However, Dooher added that if there is armed security in schools, it should be provided by police officers, and not teachers.
If an on-duty police officer or National Guardsman should be stationed at a school, what about the same person off-duty? It’s the same person, who is just as trusted and trustable when not in uniform. If not, why not, and if so, why not “ordinary citizens” who have concealed-carry permits, who therefore are also trusted by The State with deadly weapons?
I wonder, do schools have a legal responsibility to protect the children when the latter are in those schools? If so, and they fail in their responsibilities, can the school districts be sued for negligence? In other words, can a wrongful death suit be filed against the district, the teachers and their union?
So how many armed guards should be at one school, and what happens when that guard answers the call of nature.
No way can one guard look out for a whole school.
No: I am not for armed guards at all schools.
Sure, put an armed rent a cop in every movie house and lots of em in every other Gun free environment. They will need certifications of course and distinctive attire to better recognize their position as officialism gun barbers. Let’s just see, Brown shirt would be a good start...
Wain LaPue is a shill.
The bottom line is the Left want to disarm law abiding citizens and leave guns in the hands of street gangs because they can’t get those guns. It’s easier to take them from legal owners. I think lots of those guns will somehow fall into lakes and rivers.
Baraq’s peeps vote for Dems exclusively.
So nothing will ever be done to p*ss them off, least of all taking away their guns.
I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY DO IN THEIR SCHOOLS BUT THEY CAN THEIR GOD DAMNED HANDS OUT OF MY GUN SAFE.
Do you believe kids feel safe now after what happened in Newtown? One armed person there could have averted that massacre.
Well gee....that worked out so well for the teachers and students murdered in Newtown! No one there was able to stop the killer!
If my child were one of the ones killed, I'd be suing the city, the school administrators, the state and the feds for failure to secure my child's safety. They've known all along that "gun-free" zones don't work and they've done absolutely NOTHING to prevent what happened.
You accept mass murder at a few schools then?
Instead of guns inside the schools, why not well trained and armed volunteers at all corners of the school property until this crap stops or the gov. gets serious about protecting our kids.
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Why don’t we instead rid the country of “gun free zones” aka killing fields?
You simply cannot make every gun in America disappear. End of story. Start from that premise, because it cannot and will not change.
Making schools, shopping malls, office buildings, etc., into “gun-free zones” has been a total disaster. Such places can NEVER be made completely safe from the “wolves” in our midst. And all it takes is one wolf — whether it’s a terrorist or a drug-addled mental defective or somebody answering Satan’s call — and the unguarded sheep are in deadly danger.
What we need are sheep dogs. Armed civilians, in the middle of the flock of sheep, who will bare their teeth if a wolf dares to make its presence felt. Our best defense is somebody doing their regular job, but with a gun available should trouble arrive.
I don’t like the idea of armed police officers in every school. That reinforces the unAmerican belief that only the police and the military are capable of carrying guns; hiring at least two “detail” cops per day would be very costly; and such a move would bring us one step closer to martial law. All of us by law belong to the “militia” and it is our duty to provide for our own defense.
Every school has at least one custodian on duty at all times, even late at night if the school is still open. Let’s start there. I’m not talking about Charlie the Janitor prowling the halls with an AR-15 and bandoleer ... just a .45 in his locker in case of trouble. (Hiring preference for veterans, maybe?)
We must have the ability to fight back. The guns are out there and the wolves may appear at any moment. Low-key “sheep dogs” are a logical place to draw a line and hold it.
>> Walz said. “But I can’t state how incredibly disappointed I am with the approach taken this morning.”
>> Dolan said school administrators and local law enforcement officials are those who are most qualified to make decisions about school safety not the NRA.
To Hell with ideas and proposals.
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Dolan would say he’s “unqualified” to speak,too.
Well moron, 95% of them DON'T NEED to be checked.
Wain LaPue is a shill.
Do you have a better idea? We have armed guards in Brinks trucks protecting our worthless currency, what value do we place on our children?
We already have them in our public highschools.