Rep. Walz 'deeply disappointed' with NRA proposal for armed police officers in every school

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 11:15 PM
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nathanhaleDec. 21, 12 2:32 PM

Having one armed, specifically trained police officer in each school is a good idea and DOES NOT turn a school into an "armed fortress."

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EleanoreDec. 21, 12 2:39 PM

Walz also noted that LaPierre took no questions at his news conference. He says that's "a very odd way to start a national conversation." - I suppose he could have held a two hour closed door meeting with just his sympathisers, that seems popular latey as erzatz converation. The NRA position does make a lot more concrete sense than the liberal idiocy sweeping the nations media.

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minn12Dec. 21, 12 3:05 PM

Ok Rep. Walz, please answer a question for me: Your kids are in a school. An evil killer is going classroom to classroom, killing the teachers and kids. Your kids are in the next classroom. Would you rather have the teacher in that classroom armed or unarmed? You complained that the NRA would not take questions. OK, there is a question for you. Please answer it. Thank You.

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danderson60Dec. 21, 12 3:05 PM

Reality check Rep Walz. NRA was hijacked by the fringe years ago. Columbine had an armed deputy sheriff on duty when it happened there. All realistic options would reduce firearm sales in the long run and decrease NRA support. The NRA complaining about violent video games and media is just to distract from realistic options. If you want to blame violent video games and media, it is not industries fault it's the parents fault. Games and movies have ratings, if a parent doesn't use the ratings to their advantage then it's not the industries fault.

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EleanoreDec. 21, 12 3:07 PM

I'm deeply dissapointed in Mr. Walz. He should know better than to play politics with childrens lives.

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danderson60Dec. 21, 12 3:25 PM

---Having one armed, specifically trained police officer in each school is a good idea and DOES NOT turn a school into an "armed fortress."---and who is going to pay for employee? School budgets are already tight and the conservatives cry foul when schools want more money. Police department budgets have been slashed, we don't have enough already to cover the work load of protecting the general public. The problem with assigning an officer or as I've heard other people suggest - an returning solider is there is no money AND (note the big AND) how do you cover all of them considering that there are about 139000 schools in the US? Also what about the theater shooting? Mall shootings? Work place shootings? Do you advocate police for every location? At the time of the writing of the second amendment, pistols and rifles were go for maybe 100-150 yds as apposed to today's firearms with rifled barrels in the hands of a average shooter can go a lot future. Also you didn't have the ability to squeeze off 10 to 30 rounds in under a minute. Laws need changing especially in the area of military style weapons. I say this as a hunter and hobby shooter. There is no need for 30 round clips or firearms like the bushmaster .223.

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danderson60Dec. 21, 12 3:30 PM

--Would you rather have the teacher in that classroom armed or unarmed? - and when your child is killed by a mishandled firearm or by a mistakenly firing of the firearm in a de-fusable situation are you ok with that?

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mikepat3Dec. 21, 12 3:45 PM

Is Rep. Walz (and are others like him)sufficiently disappointed so as to resign from the NRA? If not, what's the significance of his disappointment? Talk is cheap.

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aschroepferDec. 21, 12 3:58 PM

Mr Walz - "pessimistic world view" Mr Walz - Either open your eyes to the reality of the evil that exists or continue to ignore. Mr Walz - you must not have any children in school.

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minn12Dec. 21, 12 4:14 PM

@danderson60: "..and when your child is killed by a mishandled firearm or by a mistakenly firing of the firearm in a de-fusable situation are you ok with that?" Obviously you won't answer the question. But the odds of your scenario happening are next to zero. With an armed killer on the loose in a gun-free zone, the odds of your kids being killed are near 100% as we just saw. So back to my original question: would you rather have the teacher armed or unarmed? I await your answer.

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