Should There Be Armed Police at All NYC Schools?

The NRA called for gun-carrying "good guys" to guard our children while in school. Is this a good idea?

The National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence Friday morning following the shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT, and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security plan revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said Friday. "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."

Currently New York City public schools are guarded by unarmed "peace officers" who are part of the NYPD. They carry handcuffs and have the power to arrest and also are in direct radio contact with the police department. However, they do not wear bulletproof vests or guns. 

Some schools also have armed police officers, and 88 have metal detectors. All precincts have a school unit that patrols all the schools in its area.

But what to you think? Should there be armed police officers at every New York City public school? Should Park Slope's P.S. 321, and all the other schools in the neighborhood, be protected by gun-toting guards?

Let us know you opinion in the comments section below!

Chicken Underwear December 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM
The NRA just demonstrated how disconnected they are from reality.
arugula December 22, 2012 at 04:07 AM
GREAT! So we can end up with full blown gun battles in the schools and get even more children and teachers killed!!! Pardon me if I don't ant to live in the wild wild west!!! If you thought 'stand your ground' was an excuse to let minority kids be shot dead w/o going to jail, just imagine how much worse it will be if the NRA gets it's way! They are in a big money business and their only bottom line is to sell more and more arms... and kill more and more of us. Crazy people...
Woodsy the Owl December 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I agree with armed police officers at every public school, but not armed civilians. The police get extensive training on when, where and how to use there weapons. Civilians just practice at the range, so not a good idea. Schools are an easy target for acts of terror or violence and 2012-2013 is a different time and era, so we do need to reevaluate.
Marc December 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The only6 way to stop a madman with a gun is to make sure he can't get the gun. Look at the experience in Australia where strict gun control laws have almost eliminated gun violence from another frontier based country. The NRA's answer to everything is more guns. Could that be because their main funding stream is gun manufacturers?
BRADY January 05, 2013 at 01:13 PM
For years the ACLU has been trying to get the NYPD School Safety officers(who are unarmed) out of the NYC public schools, has anyone asked them what their recommendation would be to safeguard the children


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