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The NRA plan to have armed police in every school is not very well thought out.  At a minimum, the clearest solution is to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban.

What if the next place a tragedy occurs is a hospital, a church ,a shopping mall, a grocery store, a Wal-Mart, a Home Depot or wherever?  Will the NRA call for armed police to be in each of those locations?

Here are some of the immediate problems I see with the NRA plan:

1.  When is the armed police officer at the school?  Before school, after school, at activities?  How can an armed police officer be at the football team's practice and the swimming teams practice at the same time?

2.  What about school buses and bus stops?  Many children lime up every morning in groups of 20 or more at a bus stop and as many as 100 are on a bus.  Will an armed police officer be patrolling each bus stop and on each school bus?

3.  What about events like school plays and sporting contests.  Will an armed police officer attend every school play?  Will they attend every sporting event from 6th,7th and 8th grade sports to freshman teams to JV to Varsity?

4.  What about field trips?  Will an armed police officer attend each field trip?

5.  What will the cost be?  Will they be just a security guard or actually be a police officer who will have attended a certified academy approved by law?  If they are police will they receive full benefits including retirement?  If they are police who will supervise them?  Who will write the rules and procedures?  How much will insurance premiums be altered?

6.  How will they be armed?  Will they just have pepper spray and a taser or a sidearm or a shotgun or an assault rifle?  Will they have arrest powers?  If they are busy processing a child for an arrest (drugs or similar) who will stand watch?

The list of questions goes on and on.  The NRA's idea is stupid.  At least just reinstate the assault weapons ban.

There is one huge caveat that I want to point out and support.  If people do genuinely enjoy shooting an AR-15 (or similar) for sport or fun those weapons should be available at a shooting range or other approved facility for access there and return there when finished.  If you want to go shoot a gun at the range then leave it at the range when done.  No one needs an AR-15 in their home.

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In reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban would you be OK with it if it allowed for controlled access to assault weapons at a federally approved shooting range or similar facility for recreational use?

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  •  Stupid? or Superficial? (0+ / 0-)

    The NRA may be suggesting a bandaid for a severed aorta. They want the status quo. Placing inefficient resources to fix a problem they don't want fixed will maintain the status quo.
    They don't care as long as they can maintain the biggest market possible for guns and ammunition.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:22:03 PM PST

  •  And per your poll, (1+ / 0-)
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    if you had an option where the guns were stored at the range in a locked vault, and I mean a VAULT, and not in citizens' homes, I might be OK with it.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:23:36 PM PST

  •  Youir caveat is dumb here is why... (0+ / 0-)

    When you start carving out "exceptions" for certain military weapons because some folks like them... then you go down the road of adding more and more and then loosening the laws entirely. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE TODAY.  A weapon is either for military use or not.  There is no NEED, NONE for the average citizen to have a weapon designed for the modern battlefield, NONE.  The reason NO ONE has been murdered by a full auto thompson sub machine gun in like FOREVER.. is they are illegal to own, and they are not sold legally like candy everywhere.  If someone has a big hankering to shoot full auto weapons or carry around a rifle with a thirty round magazine, join the military... they have lots of them, with good reason to do so.  

    Yes, Reality does have a Liberal bias. So does the truth. And the Republicans will never change that, no matter how much money they spend.

    by Nebraskablue on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 03:56:13 PM PST

  •  I LOVE THE NRA PLAN! (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously, in fact the brilliance of it astounds me.

    Here's what we do: At public expense we hire at least two, trained ex-military guys or gals for each school in America. We also arm them with a military level assault rifle, ammunition and body armor.

    The cost should come to about $10 billion a year (roughly). We then introduce a new tax for ALL private gun owners in America. It would be named the "Long Live The Children Caliber Tax." The total "caliber count" of all guns in private hands would be added up and each American with guns would pay a tax based on his/her share of the total "caliber(s)" in private hands.

    Someone with a 22 pistol for instance would pay 22 divided by however-many-caliber's-there-are-in-the-US. Someone with a half dozen 50 caliber sniper rifles and and 10 to 20 Uzi's would pay considerably more.

    While many would keep their family heirloom bazooka's and rpg's - a reasonably decent number would most likely get rid of their 30 or so guns they don't use on a daily basis keeping the undocumented off their land.

    This would be an INSANE response to an INSANE situation that could have only arisen in the United (Insane) States of America.

    Merry Christmas all.

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