In the days following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting many political leaders gave their advice about how to ensure this didn’t happen again. The advice from the anti-gun folks was to enact more gun control, which would have done NOTHING to stop what happened.
The advice from the NRA was to arm school staff and security guards so that criminals would either be deterred from ever entering the school in the first place or so an active shooter would face some resistance and the school kids would not just be sitting ducks.
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, suggested more armed guards inside the schools. He said that “we protect our banks … airports, office buildings, power plants and sports stadiums with armed security.” Why not kids in schools?
Those ideas were harshly ridiculed and mocked by the Obama administration in favor of more gun control laws. But now it seems that common sense has at least partially prevailed and the administration has finally conceded that the NRA was right all along.
According to a Washington Times report the Obama administration has announced that $45 million is going to create 356 new school resource officer positions to put armed officers in our nation’s schools.
The money is coming from Community Oriented Policing Services grant dollars — and first up on the list of intended recipients is Newtown, Conn., the site of the massive Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The money to Newtown will fund two new officers in the town’s schools, Breitbart reported.
Even Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is admitting that the NRA was right (even though he would never use those words), saying of the grants: “In the wake of past tragedies, it’s clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school.”