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

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

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.

However, in Gwinnett, the school system already is struggling financially. Teachers are not getting scheduled pay raises in the current budget, and they are having to endure furlough days.

-- 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.

Richard Kendall December 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
yes. Put armed police in every school
Bryan December 22, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I am a life long resident of the State of Georgia Cobb County, where we have armed resource officers ,,some times two at each school, along with constant patrols of school officers in the district.. YES by all means place armed officers in all schools. Given the times we live in it is an absolute necessity. The cowards with guns will not stand up to an armed officer.
chamodani December 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
What a stupid idea? It is a pity that we tolerate people like Lapierre. No wonder the whole world will be laughing. Then who cares? We think just because we are Americans whatever we do is the smartest and greatest thing in the world. It wont be too long Mr Lapierre will sugest all teachers come to the class with a gun. ' God save my country'
john bryant December 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
i agree we should have protection for our children in schools.
Bryan December 22, 2012 at 04:09 PM
chamodani,,,,,, Try Texas,, they already have armed teachers..... Get your head out of the sand and wake up.... IT is not just an everyday occurance, This is terrorism at its best. Standup to the idiots who think killing our kids is the way to strike fear in each heart. Take them out Thank God I live in America and not in the middle east............
john daly December 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Columbine High School had an armed security guard who proved to be useless. Someone who is willing to shoot kids would have no problem shooting a security guard first.
D-Mo December 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I am sorry, but nobody can protect every child from the insane evil we see in this world. Maybe the solution is more guns to guard every inch of civilization. A better idea is to make sure those who own guns keep them secure, and out of reach from the psychos we have among us. Had Ms Lanza been a more responsible person we wouldn't be in this mess.
Andy December 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The issue at hand is gun control not ban. Have armed officers guarding the school if the school district wants to. In addition, have gun control to limit lunatics walking around armed to their teeth (i.e. make the checks more stringent in obtaining firearms by normal civilians and remove loopholes). How are these two actions incompatible?
Carol Cain December 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
More guns! Really? You think more guns will stop a planned attack with a semi automatic weapon? What kind of guns would you give the security guards? Maybe we need a wall around the schools with canons! Would that help?! Give me a break! What an absolutely ludicrous idea.
CG December 22, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Is this man f***ing insane. Georgia, the state with the worst track record of human rights... . remember slavery.... and a civil war to uphold it... wants to complete its police state, and put armed guards around its already concentration camp like mandatory education centers. The state of Georgia is an embarassment to us all, and instead of being a paragon of human rights in contrast to its past, its still a criminal institution that should of been disolved for good at the end of the civil war. Why it was not is beyond me. You do not want any guns and armed people around your kids at all. Refuse to send them to school. You can't learn with people walking around you carrying weapons. Its just impossible. The level of fear is too high. Are you going to speak out, are you going to oppose the state, with armed guards patrolling the prison camp you have to go to for 12 years of your life, 8 hours a day, every day, made to do work as slaves without pay against your will? Is this what America means to teach kids about freedom... that its just a total BS lie, and black is white, and up is down?
CG December 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
You want to protect your kids from armed attacks at school? Its simple. Refuse to send them to school, and support your children in their refusal to go to school. They can't die at school if they're not at school.
CG December 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I went to a private school and one day when a substitute teacher was teaching the class, someone pulled a knife on me for no reason at all. To to display their dominance or something. No guard out in the hall would have stopped it, and no guard out there would of helped after the fact because there was no way I was telling anyone... I'd get stabbed later for sure. Putting guards in schools is not going to stop anything. Put 50 armed guards in a school all with AR-15s, and see if that stops some pissed off teenager or disgruntled teacher from plowing their car into the side of the building and killing a whole class room of kids. Its not going to stop anything. Cars are more ubiquitous, and you don't need to get a licence to obtain one, and they don't run out of bullets like guns. You don't want guns around your kids at all in school, period. So throwing people into schools with guns... is not reducing the problem.
CG December 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Or concertina and razor wire. With metal detectors and random inspections, rote drills and labor without pay, they already are concentration camps, so lets dispense with the illusion and call them what they are... mandatory re-education state sponsored indoctrination camps.
bernard j golden December 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I like to say say i am a gun owner i have been since i was 18 i am 59 now .and what happen at Sandy Hook is truly heartbreaken for me . its time to protect our children NOW !!!! not 6 months from now or wait for the people in DC . its time too let the teachers and school boards decide what best i have no problem with any teacher who's willing to get the proper training to carry a concealed weapon on them at school .. its really sad the we haven't learned a thing since Columbine H.S.
Carol Cain December 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I agree with you. How this issue gets swept under the rug for a later evaluation is beyond me. I am 60 and a gun owner also and to be honest I would not have wanted to see more guns around my children, let alone my now grandchildren. We have to make it harder for people to get these repeating guns. To me, that is something we can do now, make military type guns illegal from the primary source and the secondary source. We have 3 times more gun stores than grocery stores. How does that come to pass? It's so sad........
Ross Crawford December 23, 2012 at 06:29 AM
OK, for every idiot that thinks armed guards at schools is a bad idea, then let's do this: Remove all armed Deputy Sheriffs in Gwinnett's Administrative center/courthouse, and remove all State Troopers from the Capital in Atlanta (who are all armed with AR-15's). According to the comments of some above, someone can just drive a car into one of these buildings to harm people. Why have armed guards? Guess you think our children aren't as important as judges or legislators.
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Patch Adams December 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The NRA thinks like an angry uneducated loner. No, guns in schools is not the answer. When will it end? How about guns and armed guards in children's Sunday schools? At the supermarket ? At restaurants? Let's start with a ban on assault weapons. Move on to better mental health assessment and treatment. A big push against violence in our society including a real tough stance and non-tolerance of abusive behavior . A peaceful society needs peaceful positions not an increase in weapons and presence of armed guards. We are much smarter than that. Aren't we?

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