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SPEAK OUT: Georgia Schools Chief Backs NRA Proposal

A spokesperson for Barge likes the suggestion for armed guards at schools. Share your thoughts.

The suggestion Friday of having armed officers at schools as a deterrent to mass shootings found approval from Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Having a school resource officer would certainly be ideal,” Matt Cardoza, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Education, said Friday after a conversation with Barge. “It makes the school a safer place, but the state would have to pick up a significant part of that cost. Districts aren’t really in a position to pay for more than what they’re already struggling to pay for.”

Friday, a National Rifle Association executive called for Congress to foot the bill for armed guards at every school in the country.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

According to the AJC, the cost for such security in Georgia would come to nearly $47 million per year, if the officers earned an average annual salary of $35,000. The state has 2,289 public schools in the 2011-2012 school year, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Education.

However, in DeKalb, the school system already is struggling financially and had been put on probation for fiscal mismanagement.

Do you agree with the NRA proposal for armed security in schools? Do you feel the Georgia Legislature should appropriate the funds for security? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

GES December 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington insisted that the second amendment be included in the bill of rights and their fear for the republic was not from outside the United States but from the inside and a illegal government forcing citizens to disarm.
GES December 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Have you ever looked at any statistic regarding defensive use of firearms. I guess not assuming that your source of info is probably limited to Yahoo, CNN, MSNBC, SNL, John Stewart, and Stephen Colbert that contain suicide data. Suicide data Has to be culled as they want to kill themselves anyway! Let them! Anyway, all of the true data that I've looked at suggests that firearms are used in a defensive role far more often than in a criminal role, up to 10 times the frequency. Given that, the benefit far outweighs the costs. Further, there are about 20 million people buried in Siberia (and more in China, Cambodia, Auchwitz, and Bergen-Belsen) that would tell you the cost of a disarmed populace is pretty steep.
Tom Osborne December 30, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Well, to answer your question yes, extensively in fact. I included some of pertinent USA data in the early part of the chapter I wrote relative to treating firearm injuries in a major trauma surgical textbook. First written twenty years ago and re - researched and updated ten years ago. I am familiar with the world literature, and it is not from, CNN, MSNBC or the NRA. My first post has an excellent summary of current literature on this topic and it consistent with my earlier research. There are 174 cited references if you want to read them. But the work summarized by the University of Penn School of Public Health, Firearm Injury Center is excellent. I suggest every person interested in this topic read it.
GES December 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Tom, the U of P study seems to be flawed and makes a leap to conclusions. They are trying to say gun deaths are averaging 33,000 per year through 1997, Whereas the 2011 deaths given by the CDC is 11,000. I do trust the CDC Study. Are you trying to say there are 22,000 people a year killing their-self's with a firearm? Or have firearms deaths fallen that much in 2011? If so, I can live with those numbers. If some fruit Loop wants to kill himself/herself they are going to do it, where it be a firearm, knife, pills or a high building. Do not fool yourself by saying if they had no access to a handgun they would have been safe! Maybe if they had a better doctor or better friends and a better support system they would be alive, but do not blame a gun! I would go so far as to say that an individual has the right to die! See I want to give people rights not take them away as you seem to do! I have seen thousands of people die first hand during a 1994 Cholera epidemic in Goma during the middle of a the Rwandan Genocide during Civil War in Zaire. As a member of the US Army we could only watch in horror. If you would have been there you would thank God for our 2A and understand that sometimes a fast death is a gift from God! Gun in the wrong hands of governments kill good people. When this happens only good guys with guns have any chance of life!
Tom Osborne December 30, 2012 at 02:57 AM
GES - Great, I am glad you are reading the U of Pen meta analysis. Just read thru it, keep an open mind then draw your own conclusions. You might want to look up some the references. You can twist statistics in many ways so check the design of the studies. But from my experience what they show is not biased and purely academic. . You and I come from different experiences. I cannot even imagine the horror of what you saw in Africa. But we are not Africa. You would be amazed if you saw the horror of whar i have seen in the cities of Baltimore and Atlanta. I do not think the 11,000 firearm fatalities from assult or legal intervention per year in the US is acceptable, nor the other 22,000 deaths from firearms nor the 78,000+ non fatal injuries. Those statistics are real and current. Yes, and they are unbelievable. So, if it means depriving some people the right to firearms or ceatain types of firearms so be it. We are just going to have to agree to disagree on this. That is our American right.

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