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  • piene2 Dec 26, 12:02 p.m.

    "To date, the anti-gun lobby has yet to explain exactly what laws they recommend, much less explain exactly how they would prevent incidents such as Connecticut. Draconian gun laws did not prevent school massacres in the UK, Germany, Finland, or Canada.
    49battn"

    It is extremely difficult to shoot someone if there is not a gun present. How much more simply can it be stated?

  • 49battn Dec 24, 1:30 p.m.

    I really don't understand what people think is so "wacko" about this proposal. Across the country, many schools already have armed Police resource officers. We have armed guards in banks, malls, and even many public libraries. (Wake County had Sheriff's deputies in the Libraries until about a year ago.) We can protect everyone else with armed guards, including politicians, but we can't do the same for children in schools? One thing is for sure, if placing armed guards in schools is a "stupid idea", passing nebulous firearms laws is even dumber. Armed officers and better security systems will address the issue on the spot, which "feel good" gun laws won't do. To date, the anti-gun lobby has yet to explain exactly what laws they recommend, much less explain exactly how they would prevent incidents such as Connecticut. Draconian gun laws did not prevent school massacres in the UK, Germany, Finland, or Canada.

  • samr Dec 24, 10:02 a.m.

    Open your eyes, get real, and understand that nothing that you can do will make any difference.

    AlbertEinstein

    Wow, that is a dose of Christmas cheer and New Year's tidings that we can all use.

  • piene2 Dec 24, 9:47 a.m.

    This is just another stupid idea from the National Rifle Association, also known as the firearms manufactures lobby. for starters let us look at the cost. There are some one hundred, thirty two thousand, six hundred and fifty six public schools in the United States. Let us say for starters there would be one guard per school and they are paid even the trifling sum of four hundred dollars a week. That would add up to fifty three million, sixty two thousand, four hundred dollars a week. given a thirty week school year, the cost would be a mere one billion, five hundred, ninety one million, eight hundred, two thousand dollars. Of course many campuses are so large as to require more then one such person. Even a moderate size campus like Cape Fear High School with it's many access points, multiple buildings and athletic fields might need five or six guards. Even so protection would be spotty. People are already whining about having to pay a few bucks in taxes. How would this sit with them?

  • AlbertEinstein Dec 24, 9:26 a.m.

    Sorry folks... opinions offer no comfort to the folks that loose love ones during this holiday season. In addition, there are no amount of laws for mental health or guns that will make any difference. Open your eyes, get real, and understand that nothing that you can do will make any difference.

  • samr Dec 24, 9:19 a.m.

    If law enforcement wants to put an officer in each school (as they do in a lot of HS and MS) I am all for it. I will not support the NRA putting armed civilians in our schools. They have no standing to be there and we have no guarantee that some of these people aren't as unstable as the Newtown shooter.

  • JustOneGodLessThanUU Dec 21, 7:47 p.m.

    "I for one applaud the NRA's stance and suggestions on how to curb violence in our schools, whether that violence is from within or an outside attack. Let's focus on a simple idea here ... ever been to a government building , say court house or even the Social Security Administration buildings in your local towns ? What do you see ? Metal detectors in most, armed police officers for sure and a ton of video surveillance. So, who are we protecting at the court houses ? Judges, employees .... why not offer our children the same safety ? The likelihood of someone trying to bring a weapon into a courthouse is minimal at best.
    deanm56"

    The mental defective in the recent shooting had an assault rifle. A school resource officer is no match for that kind of fire power.

  • Metalgirl Dec 21, 7:44 p.m.

    Agree with JoeF and more - Columbine HS had armed police but they were at lunch off campus when the shooting started (from what I've read).

    Maybe a more sensible approach is metal detectors at the entrances to schools. How can they "pack" a gun through metal detectors? Just like airports & sporting events.

  • JoeF Dec 21, 7:14 p.m.

    Armed guards at schools? There were guards at Columbine. Blaming the media? The NRAs Wayne LaPierre is on disconnect. No one needs high velocity or 50-round clips to take down deer or ducks. What's wrong with putting the kibosh on Internet sales? Why the angst over longer waiting periods for background checks? Even job hunters know potential employers check their bonafides.
    The NRA cannot remain shrill and uncompromising.

  • davisgw Dec 21, 6:49 p.m.

    deanm56: There are many cases almost daily of people trying to take knives and guns into courthouses nation wide. These situations only make the local news or the local papers crime report so you don't heae about many of them. It has happened in Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Durham multiple times this year.

  • davisgw Dec 21, 6:45 p.m.

    As a menber of the NRA I would not agree that armed security in every school is not the answer. However gun bans don't work either. Gun baans are just like laws against drinking and driving, how well do they work. In both situations people and thier lack of respect for the laws are the problem.

  • affirmativediversity Dec 21, 6:26 p.m.

    Every lawmaker, both federal and state, should have to work with/live with a family who has a severely mentally ill member...especially a member who is not stable or refuses to take their meds. Try getting them help...anywhere in this country. Try getting them admitted to a hospital, involuntarily (because the closer they are to a psychotic break the less likely they are to agree to a voluntary admission). Try living known that someone you love, someone in your household is so unbalanced that you truly fear for their safety, your safety or the public's safety. TRY GETTING THEM HELP...

    Then come on back and tell us all the Mental Health laws and services are fine...its the guns that are the problem!!!!!

  • Sherlock Dec 21, 6:16 p.m.

    this is a great idea and should be in place before school starts again.

  • thinkin out loud Dec 21, 6:14 p.m.

    I do not have the study to add to the article, but it has been proven that would be assailants avoid schools where there are police officers as School Resource Officers. There is one town in Wake County, Apex or Holly Springs I think, that has an officer in all of their schools even the elementary schools. I think this is a great idea!

  • deanm56 Dec 21, 6:11 p.m.

    I for one applaud the NRA's stance and suggestions on how to curb violence in our schools, whether that violence is from within or an outside attack. Let's focus on a simple idea here ... ever been to a government building , say court house or even the Social Security Administration buildings in your local towns ? What do you see ? Metal detectors in most, armed police officers for sure and a ton of video surveillance. So, who are we protecting at the court houses ? Judges, employees .... why not offer our children the same safety ? The likelihood of someone trying to bring a weapon into a courthouse is minimal at best.

  • Gatsby Dec 21, 6:03 p.m.

    Mentally Ill need to get help and our elected officials must stop providing free phones,rovers to Mars,cash for clunkers,etc to pay for it.

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