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  •  With no time for school districts to perform (0+ / 0-)

    background checks or money to pay for psychological fitness assessments of LaPierre's vigilante army before classes resume in January, I fear it is you my friend who is indulging in magical thinking.

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:20:48 AM PST

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    •  Jake, while I wrote a scathing letter to Wayne (2+ / 0-)
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      last night, I can see where hiring retired LEOs who have already been accepted by the government and citizens as firearms capable, would provide a rapidly formed patrol force.

      I also stated the NRA should lead on this, and propose a 22% firearms and ammunition tax, (essentially tripling the taxation) with funds earmarked for school districts.

      •  Though I don't doubt that there are many (0+ / 0-)

        retired LEOs or former military out there who are are competent to shoot straight, that isn't the major hurdle to the armed guard in every school proposal.  

        The 'accepted by the government and citizens' part just doesn't carry over to any municipality or school district taking on individuals without:
        1) making sure they pass criminal backgrounds checks
        2) making sure the are mentally fit for the position
        3) making sure they are appropriately trained for the job.

        I think we will find that the pool of eligible candidates is not as large as some might imagine.  As a small town Mayor I know this well, my well intentioned town ombudswomen insist on only hiring  part time police officers.  Finding qualified folks takes a lot of time and effort and they don't stick around long.

        Even if the NRA was going to pay for these positions
         (including their health and liability  insurance ),  I don't think the school or municipal requirements for thorough background vetting and appropriate training would be any lower.

        To believe anything else is magical thinking.  

        So even if some states decide to adopt the cop in every school gesture, it won't happen overnight, most state legislatures having recessed for the holidays.  

        Frankly I think monkeys will fly from Mr Lapierre's ass proposing a 22% firearms and ammo tax before it gets adopted anywhere but that's just my opinion.

        "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

        by jakewaters on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:08:05 PM PST

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