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SPEAK OUT: Georgia Schools Chief Backs NRA Proposal on Armed Officers at Schools

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The suggestion Friday (December 20) of having armed officers at schools as a deterrent to mass shootings found approval from Georgia School 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.

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.

-- For more on Gwinnett County Public Schools safety and security division, click here. --

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-- 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 below. --

xxx December 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Why don,t the NRA come up with the FUNDS... God knows they make enough Blood Money...do something positive..... give back some to protect our kids ...... Gwinnett and the State of Georgia has bled tax payers enough........i would not support guns around my child .. school is a place for LEARNING....NOT AN ARMED CAMP
Nancy Gordeuk December 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Every principal and 2 other persons In each school should be taught how to shoot a gun. Then a weapon should be kept under lock and key or fingerprint safe that only those persons can obtain when needed. Then the situation that happened in CT. would not have the loss of 26 persons, but maybe 4 or 5. It is not the guns that are the problem. It is persons who are mentally unstable and persons that have no respect for life or for other people that are the problem. Just look at the teenager from Grayson shot in his home over a pair of tennis shoes. That comes from a society that has no respect for life, just material items, which in turn starts with the parents.
Mrs D December 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Yes mental health is an issue so when everyone has access to good mental health care that will help. However if he was using a gun that needed to be reloaded the loss would be much less. Fighting fire with fire just makes a lot of fire. What if the teachers get scared and are not a good shot and kill more children. Assault rifles have no place outside the armed forces and police.
Paul L. Dragu December 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Those against armed protectants around our children may be disconnected from reality (which is usually a symptom of insanity, but I'll stop at stupidity). What's so complicated? This is the real world. In the real world people want to hurt each other whether you like the idea of armed guards at school or not. And as much as some would like to blame the NRA, it only speaks of your ignorance and inability to reason. Guns have always been in American culture, but mass shootings have not. It is a recent phenomenon, So how on earth do you blame the constant?

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