Armed guards in every Minn. school would cost $138 million

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 24, 2012 - 9:49 PM

NRA proposal would cost state schools about $138 million.

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kirby96Dec. 24, 12 9:06 PM

If the NRA wants it, they can pay for it: with a dedicated tax on guns. We can even give all the right wingers a break ala Tim Pawlenty and call it a 'fee'.

logtech730Dec. 24, 12 9:12 PM

This just in: Santa Claus was reportedly shot to death at the Wayne LaPierre residence tonight after breaking and entering through the chimney. Mr. LaPierre of the NRA, defended his use of force by saying that recently passed Stand Your Ground legislation gave him the right to use deadly force.

mc490maicoDec. 24, 12 9:17 PM

So what,how much do We waste on uneededstuff in a year,and what are our children worth????. Why is it money is the issue and not the problem with the mentally ill and criminals????

empty1Dec. 24, 12 9:26 PM

To pay for guards: on a national level,charge a fee for every gun, bullet, loading supply, etc manufactured or imported. Distribute funds to the states based on the number of students or schools.

littlepeopleDec. 24, 12 9:32 PM

Don't forget about the armed guards at movie theaters, college classrooms, and house fires.

crystalbayDec. 24, 12 9:35 PM

Dayton's proposing a 131 million dollar cut in public education for this coming fiscal year - and the cost of security professionals would be 178 million?? Pure insanity. Nearly 300,000 teachers have lost their jobs since 2008 - now some would pay even more for armed guards??!! Unbelievable.

kkjerDec. 24, 12 9:41 PM

I get a big kick how these politicians and public employees throw around figures. Did you notice there was nothing to back up what was said. All we have heard about the situation is one knee jerk followed by an ignorant knee jerk followed by a stupid knee jerk. The bottom line is none of these supposed experts have given more than 3 seconds worth of thought to what should be a serious discussion with no suggestions discarded at this time. All suggestions should be listened to and intelligent thought given to it. That is if intelligent thought is possible for politicians and public employees.

mankato58Dec. 24, 12 9:44 PM

Allowing those school staff who is already approved through background checks and who have their permits to carry do what thousands of Minnesotans are doing everyday at work would cost zero. It would also put a better distribution of protection throughout the facilities. Here is an idea for Mr. Dayton and his new legislature: Remove the gun bans from schools! Right now you allow people to come and go for many reasons who have had no background checks. Why not allow people who have had multiple background checks to go about their normal activities when working in or visiting events at public schools?

kohoutekDec. 24, 12 9:55 PM

@littlepeople - And don't forget museums and libraries - and even banks, many of which actually employ unarmed guards.

roysandstromDec. 24, 12 9:56 PM

We have the money but not the desire... we blow 2 billion $ every 7 days STILL in Afghan. Military budget up double in past 10 years, cut it by half. End failed drug war (61 cops killed in USA this year in drug war which has failed to achieve any outcome measures). Unfund the few remaining DARE cops. Hire out of work Vets and call it a stim. program...not to mention MN county/city and state workers can start having metings at government buildings rather than 5 star resorts on tax dime.


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