NRA Proposes More Policemen

by Mark T. Mitchell on December 21, 2012 · 11 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

In a speech today, NRA president Wayne LaPierre called for a new initiative to place policemen in every school in America. It’s curious that in attempting to defend one right, the consequence is a dramatically increased police force. While I am doubtful that limiting the sale of certain guns will have any dramatic impact of gun violence, it is disappointing (though perhaps not surprising) that the best the NRA leadership can do is propose more policemen. And why stop at one policeman per school? With the size of many public schools, one police officer is simply inadequate. An officer in every hall might be a better plan. In short, we need a police state to protect our right to own all the guns we want? That’s the best idea the NRA has?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar T. Chan December 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Very few will accept the idea of abandoning public mass education, which would be even better.

avatar Albert December 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Incredibly transparent move on the NRA’s part. Too obvious.

avatar Chris Schumerth December 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

What a disaster, all of it.

avatar Siarlys Jenkins December 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Excellent analysis. The best argument NRA has is that uncontrolled gun ownership keeps us free, that it is a barrier against tyranny. To protect gun ownership from very limited oversight and control, they want to impose armed tyranny upon us.

There is no better measure of how the NRA has outlived its usefulness to our republican government.

avatar George Marshall December 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I read there was a security guard at Columbine who shot at one of the shooters and missed [he was an off-duty deputy]. A near-by police officer responded and also shot at the shooters. Didn’t help. So how many guards, armed with what weapons, and at what cost would it take?

avatar Fr. Jonathan December 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I knew instantly that this was a silly idea, but I hadn’t quite yet put my finger on the way in which it is hypocritical to the point of absurdity. Thanks for illuminating.

avatar Sean December 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Let me get this straight, the NRA is concerned with liberty and freedom from Gov’t interference or tyranny. But, this same NRA wants a national database on who is mentally ill? This contradiction is so transparent it is actually scary. I’d rather give up my guns than have the gov’t track who is and is not “normal”.

avatar jonathan McCormack December 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hear about the guy in china stabbed 20 to death ? Really I’m hoping the State will institute a live-in officer who can cut my steak for me from now on.

avatar David Naas December 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Both silly and tone-deaf.
As one who grew up in a time and place when weaponry was respected for what it could do — and what it could not do, I wonder just how many sportsmen shoot a deer with an assault rifle ( or who would feel honorable if they did so.) Firearms are only a set of tools, and like any tool can be used well, or badly misused.
But, this issue of “guns and/or freedom”. Does the NRA leaddership seriously believe (or want everybody else to believe) that without a glock in every pocket, the Republic is endangered? There is an organization which regularly asseses the amount of “liberty” in nations about the world, many of whom gthey rate above the USA, and yet — most of those countries have regulated firearms in a manner which the NRA would consider draconian. C’mon here, who’s fooling who?
If the fight for freedom depends on having a 30-round clip for your full auto assault rifle, if it depends on turning the Commons into free-fire-zones, then, my dear Mr LaPierre, you have already lost the battle, all that remains is cleaning up the debris.
Freedom is not contingent on hardware, but on heart. The NRA seems to have lost theirs.

avatar sdb December 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm

While I don’t take policy suggestions by advocacy groups like the NRA very seriously, I’m not sure this particular suggestion is so crazy. Bill Stuntz recommends exactly this (among other suggestions) for addressing the collapse of our criminal justice system. His arguments are certainly worth engaging.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Collapse-American-Criminal-Justice/dp/0674051750

avatar Alex W. January 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Actually, other conservative friends have posed the same thing, though not necessarily centered around schools.

http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/the-case-for-more-cops/

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