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School Teachers Support Police Presence in Schools

By Javier Manjarres

lapierreThe NRA’s Wayne La Pierre is not backing off from remarks he made last week that all schools should have a police officer or trained security personnel stationed within their confines.  On NBC’s Meet the Press, LaPierre backed up his original statements on the issue by adding, “that’s the one thing we can do immediately that can make our children more safe.”

But while anti-gun and ‘assault weapons ban’ enthusiasts like Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein chide LaPierre and others for suggesting this reasonable security measure, the truth of the matter is that LaPierre is right.

“The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” - Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association

An initial estimate of the cost of hiring at least one police officer with a mean annual salary of $50,000 for all schools nationwide would cost roughly $5 billion dollars- a small price to pay for peace of mind and the safety of school children across the country.

I personally spoke to five high school teachers in the Broward County School District about this issue- three Democrats (of which two of whom voted for Obama), an Independent and one Republican, and yet they all agreed with LaPierre’s call for an armed police officer at every school and a metal detector to identify weapons on students.

Three of these teachers requested anonymity in this report for fear of backlash from the extremely biased Broward County School Board.  These teachers shared stories of students being caught with illicit weapons at school and how the school board subsequently swept the incidents under the rug.  Two of these teachers told me that their respective schools already have four to six unarmed security guards, some who double as janitors throughout and after the school day.

While this is only a small sampling of teachers, it is very telling that they would support such a security measure.

So if these schools can afford four-to-six unarmed security officers, why not hire at least one trained police officer or allow one or more of these security officers to legally carry a gun, not to mention possibly allowing a school administrator to carry?

It is also interesting to note that since the Newtown CT school shooting, school teachers and administrators have been very public with their demands for safer schools.  Given the increasing security concerns that schools face and the risk of copycat shootings, it’s time that elected officials begin to get real about truly securing our schools so they are not “soft” targets.  A little cooperation from the media would help is well- just as the media don’t report the names of rape victims, media outlets should agree to no longer publish either the name or the picture of anyone who commits the next mass slaying.  Yes, it’s a token step, but it’s one that will clearly convey to malcontents who aspire to be the next Charles Manson that they won’t be getting their fifteen minutes of fame should they choose to act on their most evil impulses.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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12 Comments

  1. Luke Thomas December 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

    We can cut school teacher’s pay in order to fund a police officer in every school. Otherwise the NRA can pay it. But what about a police officer in every mall, and anywhere else that is public? And what about concealed weapons – most snipers are highly intelligent.

  2. Luke Thomas December 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Illegal weapons are already illegal, so banning guns won’t stop their distribution. Question: Where do SNIPERS get their ILLEGAL weapons? Answer: Animal fighting rings being main distribution sites for illegal drugs and weapons. (FBI will verify this). Gangs are escalating in America due to the poor economy. Gangs also acquire illegal weapons. Banning guns will not stop snipers from getting weapons – they just go to their neighborhood dog fighting ring and get all they want plus crack and crank. Actually passing HR 2492 – anti-animal fighting spectator prohibition act-will combat the flow of illegal weapons – dog and animal fighting rings DISTRIBUTE illegal weapons and narcotics. If this bill ever passes to law we have a powerful weapon against ILLEGAL weapon distribution. Please support. It passed the US Senate.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-support-hr-2492-animal-fighting-spectator-prohibition-act

  3. Whats_Up December 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

    How did Israel handle the terrorists coming into their schools?

    Teachers are armed with AR15′s. When citizens are legally armed, crime and homicides are low. And when they are not, like Chicago, crime and homicides are off the chart.

  4. joe watkins December 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Malls do have security people. Interstate highways have security poeple in rest areas. So, what’s the problem with protecting our most precious resource, our children, as Wayne LaPierre has stated?

    • Jacqueline December 26, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Most Malls with Security personnel DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO CARRY for “insurance reasons”. Having worked at several I CAN ATTEST TO THAT. You are out there in a uniform that doubles as a target but are as defenseless as everyone else!
      Schools should have bullet proof entrances, CCTV’s and buzzer locks for admission. At least one Office employee should be a trained weapons specialist. Schools at each level have become breeding grounds for malcontents, disaffected students. OK to take field trips to mosques, but a moment of Silent Prayer and reflection is banned! Teachers who barely speak English teach brands of history and Social Studies unrecognizable to earlier generations!
      I taught for 8 years before fleeing into the field of security! Most of the Education Majors I graduated with did similar departures.
      We need to Take Back our schools. Right up to refusing major funding from foriegn entities who then pull the strings in hiring and curriculums!

  5. Gary December 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    When are we going to wake up? This argument is not about guns, nor is it about safety in schools, the gun free law of 1996 proves that.
    No this is about dismantling our Constitution and removing one more freedom.
    Sen. Feinstein was framing gun control in Oct 2012 jusg in case Obama was reelected. And of course just in case there was a ” good crisis ” that could be exploited for political gain.

    • Rich December 26, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Exactly how is the Constitution being “dismantled” and what freedoms have you lost?
      Is having the ability to slaughter other human beings constitutionally guaranteed?
      Do you believe that the framers of the Constitution ever dreamed of people having weapons that can discharge hundreds of rounds in a matter of seconds or were they thinking about the flintlock muskets of their day?

  6. CNelson December 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am relieved to see that the vast majority of posters are on the same frequency at long last. What Wayne LaPierre recommended is nothing new. It is the standard for security. Have you ever had lunch or dinner at a place where uniformed officers are eating? Certainly, you have.

    Did the mere presence of an armed person put your mind at ease? If you are honest, you will answer “Yes” without hesitation. I know people who are carrying concealed, and, if I am not, my head is no longer on a turret, and my choice of seating is not adjacent to an exit, where I can quickly get to my car, which has what I need — legally here, and I have far more experience with firearms than average.

    For decades, NRA has said “the mere presence of a firearm is usually all that is required to stop an armed offender from using any kind of weapon.” This is where a uniform has power. The uniform means, “I am trained and armed.” Most patrolmen are also protected by bullet-resistant vests. If it is good enough for the court rooms, Senate, and House, it is good enough for the schools.

  7. Bob Nelson December 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I am relieved to see that the vast majority of posters are on the same frequency at long last. What Wayne LaPierre recommended is nothing new. It is the standard for security. Have you ever had lunch or dinner at a place where uniformed officers are eating? Certainly, you have.

    Did the mere presence of an armed person put your mind at ease? If you are honest, you will answer “Yes” without hesitation. I know people who are carrying concealed, and, if I am not, my head is no longer on a turret, and my choice of seating is not adjacent to an exit, where I can quickly get to my car, which has what I need — legally here, and I have far more experience with firearms than average.

    For decades, NRA has said “the mere presence of a firearm is usually all that is required to stop an armed offender from using any kind of weapon.” This is where a uniform has power. The uniform means, “I am trained and armed.” Most patrolmen are also protected by bullet-resistant vests. If it is good enough for the court rooms, Senate, and House, it is good enough for the schools.

    Finally, I know a lot of people and have a lot of associates and friends. Yet, not one of them has ever been shot at or robbed at gunpoint. What about you?

  8. John G Henke December 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Why not just respect the Constitution and the law?

    All of this government bulls##t is going to nothing but facilitate more criminals.

    The Second Amendment prohibits governments from infringing on our right to keep and bear arms. If it’s handy to carry being a knife or gun, then it is none of the governments business what we carry or where we go with it.

    So you want to put cops in a school? Good, I suppose they will be in uniform for easy identification right? Guess what, BANG BANG!, two more guns and extra ammo for the killer, what a damned stupid idea.

    Everybody has the right to carry fire arms anywhere they want to. If a creep knows that he may get shot dead he won’t try it. He’ll just sit in his Mamas basement playing video games and popping psychotropic drugs until obesity and diabetes takes him out at last.

    • James C. Ferris December 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

      This is very good thinking, Six teachers were killed and I bet if you offer a glock to the teachers they would take it and get treianed to concealed carry to protect themselves and the children so about $3,000.00 per school would arm a dozen teachers and that would stop the COWARDS from shooting the school kids.

  9. jerry December 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Guns are not the problems people are the problem. We need to get these crazy people off the streets we need better mental health for these crazy people. More gun control will just stop the good guys from being able to defend themselves. Criminals will always be able to get guns.