Armed Guards at elementary schools have been requested by the Newtown Board of Education in the wake of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
NBC Connecticut confirmed that the board asked for "one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year's budget." Is there evidence that such a step would be effective in preventing another shooting? If the results of the Atlanta School shooting this week is any indication, the answer is yes, as an off duty Atlanta police officer working as a guard at the school was able to apprehend the suspect "within minutes," as reported by TavernKeepers.
The NRA will repeat their strategy at a Senate hearing on Wednesday: armed guards in schools, among other proposals, such as "strengthen measures aimed at keeping powerful weapons away from the mentally ill."
The Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was quickly exploited by anti-Second Amendment activists, who used the opportunity to justify gun control. A revealing poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International found that 52% of Americans believe that "elected officials are exploiting the tragedy for political reasons," while 41% believe that elected officials are "acting responsibly." Oftentimes, tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting are used as a tool to promote a gun control agenda. But is gun-control effective?
The Department of Justice released a report regarding the effectiveness of the since-expired 1994 "assault weapons" ban. The report concluded that "the ban has failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims." Perhaps instead of looking to the weapon, America would be better off if they could focus on the criminals. Additionally, it would make sense if the focus was not on gun alone, but on violent crime in general. There are undeniable common threads that indicate who would be more likely to commit violent crime. Prior criminal record, mental health history, gang-related activity, socio-economic status, age, gender, and location (i.e. urban areas) are all indicators that seemingly go ignored by many in the mainstream media. Expecting different results from another so-called "assault weapons" ban is ridiculous, and only punishes law-abiding citizens.
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