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Should There Be Armed Police at All NYC Schools?

The NRA called for gun-carrying "good guys" to guard our children. Good idea?

Friday Morning, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence 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 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.

What to you think? Should there be armed police officers at every New York City public school?

BEVERLY GNYARD December 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I THINK NOW THERE NEEDS TO BE ARMED POLICE IN SCHOOLS. BECAUSE OF THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THESE SHOOTINGS IT NECESSARY. THE MENTALLY ILL OR TERRORIST NOW SEE VIA MEDIA THAT THIS IS A WAY TO GET US WHERE IT HURTS. I BELIEVE IF THERE HAD NOT BE SO MUCH MEDIA COVERAGE WE WOULD NOT SEE ALL THESE SHOOTINGS. OTHER COUNTRIES MONITOR WHAT IS SEEN AND HEARD VIA MEDIA WE DO NOT. ALSO JUST A NOTE IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL. DO KEEP GUNS IN THE HOUSE NOT TEACH THEM TO DRIVE, SHOOT GUNS, KARATE. THINGS THAT WILL MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO HURT OTHERS. IF YOU HAVE A MENTALLY ILL PERSON IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET A GUN. THAT SHOULD BE SOMETHING QUESTIONED WHEN APPLYING FOR A PERMIT.
THE BRUCE December 23, 2012 at 04:10 AM
The fewer guns available, especially high capacity weapons designed solely for warfare, means that there will be fewer guns used by deranged persons to slaughter innocents uninvolved in their problems; real or self imagined.
mm December 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Like there is no derange teachers in the world...we all human beings with problems and you never know who will be the next to snap...a arm peace police in the school will be okay...teachers with guns...hell no.
Devon December 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
There were two armed guards at Columbine. Schools have numerous doorways to the street / campus for fire safety reasons. Make owning an assault weapon very expensive. Make it illegal to sell any more assault rifles and have a mandatory requirement of a 5 million dollar insurance requirement for each weapon. No insurance would then be a felony, punishable by a minimum 3 yrs jail. Enact this legislation in 2013, effective 2014. This would be enforced by "if you see something, say something" with a reward for those persons who "out" an assault rifle owner that is not insured, thus not legally registered with law enforcement. Finally, take the profit out of violent video games, tone down violent movies and make senseless murder as popular as smoking cigarettes in public spaces by linking senseless violence to a depressing lifestyle. Senseless violence today is to "sexy".
BRADY December 26, 2012 at 04:07 AM
How about just enforcing the thousands of existing gun laws,and why is NYACLU still trying to get school safety out of NYC schools

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