NRA's call for armed guards at every school gets mixed response
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The National Rifle Association returned to the debate over gun control on Friday as President Obama tries to drum up support for tighter gun laws.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre blamed media for allowing violent culture to come into children's homes. He also said another Connecticut-type shooter is waiting in the wings and called on Congress to allocate funds to put an armed guard on standby at every school in the nation.
"I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation, and to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January," LaPierre said, about 20 minutes into his remarks.
"That might be a stop gap solution to a much bigger problem," said Orange County School Board member Joie Cadle, in response to LaPierre's statements. But she wonders Where cash strapped school districts would find the money for a long term solution. "I'm not sure this nation can afford to have an armed police officer in every school."
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs recently proposed putting sheriff's deputies in every elementary school through the end of the year, at a cost of $2 million to $3 million dollars.
Cadle thinks more emphasis needs to be put on gun control. "Why are these assault rifles and these pistols that shoot multiple rounds available to John Q Public?" she asked.
Tracy Peters is a mom and a teacher at Crooms Academy in Sanford. She thinks the NRA idea has merit. "I don't think it's a bad idea. Money wise it might be a little harder because of all the budget cuts we've been experiencing."