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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 (Dec. 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.

"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 below.

Marilyn Morrison December 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
More guns to fix a sick society focused on criime is like saying more drugs would help addition. Our society's fixation on violence is a problem on TV, movies and spreading into our real lives. We are not asking anyone not to arm themselves but when the private sector is using guns that even police are not allowed to have there is a problem. Yes, buy a gun and protect your family, fine. But assault weapons are meant to kill not protect. Let's just put some guide lines on the use of weapons to protect not just our children but all of us who abhore violence. Those of us who don't go to violent movies, don't watch cable tv, cannot even watch the news anymore. Where are the hearts of people, why can't we see more of that. Please do not hire gunman to man our schools. What kind of message is that to children. Holy Smoke we are so out of control. Our minds have over taken our hearts if we follow this way of thinking we will be even more lost than we are now if that is possible.
Kevin Madigan December 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, Marilyn.

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