For a group that believes in smaller government and less taxes, the NRA certainly proposed a brilliant to solution to the gun safety crisis in our country. There are some 67,000 public elementary schools in America, some 100,000 public schools in all. At $100,000 per year to hire, train, and arm SWAT skilled police officers (and their part-time substitutes to cover them when they are sick or on vacation), we are talking ten billion dollars a year. We all know teachers and mental health professionals come cheap. Given all the teachers and counselor our schools have laid off because of the budget crisis, how about putting an educator in every gunshop? Makes a whole lot more sense to me.
If your schools are anything like the ones my kids went to, why stop at one police officer per school? I’d put one on the playground, one in the cafeteria, and at least four or five scattered around the complex. You can probably skip the library since we’ve likely let that professional go already and cut back library hours. And best I can tell, the people that come to schools and movie theatres and who knows where next loaded to the gills with automatic weapons have no plans to leave alive. I hardly think one cop somewhere in a sprawling building will deter them.
The NRA is a professional association disguised as a membership organization whose primary purpose is to fuel gun sales of its corporate sponsors. They are really good at what they do and horribly bad for America.