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Asa Hutchinson Suggests Arming NWA School Volunteers
nwa ^ | Updated: December 21, 2012 | By: Marissa Stevens

Posted on 12/22/2012 7:43:47 PM PST by Red Steel

The National Rifle Association named former U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson as National Director of The National School Shield program. The hope is to reduce gun violence by promoting emergency response education and training.

"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," said Hutchinson.

During Hutchinson's speech, he brought up a particular program which is headquartered in Northwest Arkansas.

"In my home state of Arkansas, my son was a volunteer with a local group called WatchDOG dads, who volunteered their time at schools to patrol playgrounds and provide a measure of added security."

The WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program was founded in 1998, after a school shooting in Jonesboro claimed five lives.

"If it could happen in Jonesboro, it could happen in Springdale, it could happen anywhere in America... It started in Springdale but it became a national program. There are schools across the county that have this WatchDOG dad program," said Rick Schaeffer with the Springdale School District.

According to Schaeffer, volunteers undergo background checks but do not carry weapons. That, is something Hutchinson believes might change in the future.

"Armed, trained, qualified, school security personnel will be one element of that plan, but by no means the only element."

10 Springdale schools, eight elementary schools and two middle schools, already have parents protecting on campus through the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. While the district is already taking several security measures, armed volunteers is an idea Schaeffer said they are willing to listen to.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; nra; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/22/2012 7:43:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

I would consider volunteering, and I’m not even a dad.


2 posted on 12/22/2012 7:50:48 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Red Steel
Be careful what you wish for.....

Obama has his "civilian army" funded as big as the regular army just waiting in the wings.

3 posted on 12/22/2012 8:33:56 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Red Steel

“Straight Outta Compton?”


4 posted on 12/22/2012 8:55:15 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Red Steel

“Straight Outta Compton?”


5 posted on 12/22/2012 8:55:16 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Red Steel
According to Schaeffer, volunteers undergo background checks but do not carry weapons.

That is not a very smart move. You are placing this watch dog in just as much danger as the students. A weapon should be required.

6 posted on 12/22/2012 9:13:29 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Logical me

People are nuts if they still beleive that more disarmed “protectors” are going to stop a madman bent on murder.

You can not get any more brave nor more determined in disarmed protection than the hero teacher, Ms. Soto, and she was murdered.

If she had been armed and trained to shoot, she could have been waiting for the POS to come near her room instead of using her body as a target for a madman.


7 posted on 12/22/2012 9:19:23 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Logical me

Yeah, if i can’t carry then I’m not volunterring.

I’m not going to make myself a sitting duck.


8 posted on 12/22/2012 9:23:27 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SaraJohnson
If she had been armed and trained to shoot, she could have been waiting for the POS to come near her room instead of using her body as a target for a madman.

Facts and logic are wasted on libtards.

9 posted on 12/22/2012 9:24:02 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Red Steel

Many say that CCW holders (teachers or volunteers) would be a bad idea.

Don’t we have volunteer firemen all over the U.S.?

Could it be that these same people would object to a fire extinguisher in the school?


10 posted on 12/22/2012 9:24:41 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: Red Steel
Seems unnecessary to arm anyone other than the teachers that are already on campus. There would be enough school personnel that would carry to protect the school without outsiders, IMO
11 posted on 12/22/2012 9:38:18 PM PST by CAluvdubya (We're doomed....)
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To: Logical me
According to Schaeffer, volunteers undergo background checks but do not carry weapons.

Do they get a sign to hang around their neck that says, "Shoot me first"?

12 posted on 12/22/2012 10:04:18 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: Red Steel

Each school should have 2-4 armed guards.(when it comes to people, ONE is rarely enough) Of course, the number of guards could vary, depending on the size of the schools. Two should be a minimum.

They should be paid ‘professionals’, and if a district complains about not having the funding to pay them, they can simply fire an equivalent number of Administrators to free up the money in their budgets.


13 posted on 12/22/2012 11:01:17 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn
The schools should not have to hire extra guards, though that's an option that they could use if the district can afford it. The affordable/efficient option that makes most sense is to allow teachers who wish and have demonstrated ability to carry (ie veterans, CCW holders, prior LEO experience, etc) to do so on campus, what ever their number. The school should pay for any currency or training required same as they might pay for other teacher training.

That approach has the added bonus of letting students see that the average citizen can and should be allowed to exercise their 2nd amendment right, as opposed to continuing the false hood that there is a privileged class who is allowed and the rest of us who should be disallowed.

14 posted on 12/22/2012 11:24:12 PM PST by Magnum44 (.45 Caliber - because having to shoot twice is just silly)
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To: Magnum44

Well said!!!.....


15 posted on 12/23/2012 12:10:52 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: spokeshave
Obama has his "civilian army" funded as big as the regular army just waiting in the wings.

Good point - we will know when he decides to start mobilization if he does a 180 and concedes we need armed people to protect against such violence.

16 posted on 12/23/2012 4:40:30 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: CAluvdubya

You would have less security having teachers having to do both jobs. Specific people looking for suspicious behavior is optimal. Seconds count.


17 posted on 12/23/2012 8:10:27 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: CAluvdubya
Many school districts already have their own functioning Police Departments. Thus the core is there with adjusting priorities.

Example of ISDs with police departments via a Google search..

Texas ISDs with Police Departments

California ISDs with Police Pepartments


18 posted on 12/23/2012 8:20:56 AM PST by deport
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To: deport
sheesh....... PePartments should be:

California ISDs with Police Departments


19 posted on 12/23/2012 8:23:11 AM PST by deport
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To: Magnum44
Here is a small rural Texas ISD that allows the faculity to carry as a protection measure.

Texas town lets teachers carry concealed guns

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The superintendent wouldn’t reveal how many teachers carry weapons in the classroom so a potential shooter will not know. But he did say all of them must have a Concealed Handgun License, get the approval of the school board, and undergo additional training for accuracy.

“Their accuracy is probably going to be 100 percent,” Thweatt said. “The only people who have more shooting training in the State of Texas than my teachers are Highway Patrol.”

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20 posted on 12/23/2012 8:38:07 AM PST by deport
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To: deport
Many school districts already have their own functioning Police Departments. Thus the core is there with adjusting priorities.

AFAIK, police are not on any elementary school campuses (with the exception of D.A.R.E. officers maybe once a month).

I would rather have several staff/teachers armed than a solitary officer that can be planned around.

21 posted on 12/23/2012 8:49:01 AM PST by CAluvdubya (We're doomed....)
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To: CAluvdubya

http://www.sausd.us/Page/77

Maybe so for CA but that’s not the norm for ISD Police Department in Texas. The above link to the Santa Ana Unified School District Police Department.


22 posted on 12/23/2012 9:02:08 AM PST by deport
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To: CAluvdubya
"I would rather have several staff/teachers armed than a solitary officer that can be planned around."

The optimum is not either/or, but "both". A roaming armed security type backed up by CCW teachers and/or staff. This throws a strong element of uncertainty into any planning by the nutcases.

23 posted on 12/23/2012 6:24:05 PM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog; CAluvdubya
The optimum is not either/or, but "both". A roaming armed security type backed up by CCW teachers and/or staff. This throws a strong element of uncertainty into any planning by the nutcases.

What the liberal pinheads always fail to take into account is the fact that these mass murderers have no intention or desire to survive their attacks. Their sole intention is to kill as many people as possible before they are killed or commit suicide.

24 posted on 12/23/2012 6:43:36 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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