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Triangle residents react to NRA proposal

Posted December 21, 2012

— The mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., happened hundreds of miles from North Carolina, but it hit close to home for many parents on Friday, especially those with children in elementary school.

“I’ve been crying my eyes out every day,” mother Cheryl Rodgers said. “I pulled my car over at 9:30 today to listen to the chimes and remember all the angels that were lost.”

Like so many in the Triangle, Rodgers observed a national moment of silence Friday morning to remember the 26 killed at Sandy Hook elementary school.

After a week of silence, the National Rifle Association was not lost for words or ideas. The organization held a news conference a short time later to take a no-retreat stance in the face of growing calls for gun control.

“I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation,” said Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive officer.

He said schools across the country should have a plan in place that includes armed security by the time students return from the holiday break.

“They’re our kids,” LaPierre said. “They’re our responsibility. And it’s not just our duty to protect them, it’s our right to protect them.”

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Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the plan is not as simple as it sounds.

“I don’t want to call it knee-jerk, but I think we’re just going to have to take some time because you’re talking about a lot of resources I don’t think we have.”

Parents had mixed reactions.

“Our school alone has many entrances, very quick access to classrooms,” Rodgers said. “So I don’t know where that guard would really do any good.”

Mom Carrie Telke said she could support the idea.

“I think given a choice of having someone come from away or having somebody right there who knew what they were doing and knows how to handle that situation – I think I would choose that.”


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  • piene2 Dec 26, 2012

    "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.

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

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


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

  • piene2 Dec 24, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    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.

  • Wacky_dood Dec 21, 2012

    "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.

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    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.