CNN reports that President Obama is “putting millions of dollars into funding armed police officers in schools around the country, an idea not far removed from a National Rifle Association proposal.”
According to CNN, on September 27 the DOJ announced $45 million in funding meant to “create 356 new school resource officer positions.”
The $45 million will be distributed in the form of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants. One of the earliest grants will be to Newtown, Connecticut, to create two new officers for Newtown schools.
In a statement corresponding with the announcement of COPS grants, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “In the wake of past tragedies, it’s clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school.”
On December 21st–eight days after the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary–NRA executive director Wayne LaPierre put forth the need for a stronger armed presence in schools. He pointed out that we “protect our banks… airports, office buildings, power plants, [and] sports stadiums” with “armed security,” yet leave our kids unprotected in gun free zones.
He said this situation needs to change, adding: “The only things that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Obama’s new funding will put more good guys with guns in schools.
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