When Wayne LaPierre spoke
to the world in the wake of Newtown, viewers and media folk alike gawked at the NRA chieftain's worldview. Twitter was abuzz with anger as LaPierre proposed fighting guns with guns, swiftly condemning video games and the rest of society for the violence at hand. Not to mention the handful of "NRA Killing Our Kids" protestors that interrupted the speaker. Except, on the ground, the reaction was a bit different.
Several school districts across the country have been seriously considering this idea. Just last week, Voice
writer Jason Lewis reported
on the public schools in the Marlboro Township of New Jersey. There, the district's Board of Education has instructed the local police to implement a 90-day pilot system where armed guards would hold down the educational fort. It's currently in week two of operation.
And, now, the controversial move has hit a bit closer to home: Last night, the 10-member Staten Island Educational Council voted
for a similar program, in which 300 to 500 retired NYPD officials would monitor the hallways dressed as ordinary (armed) civilians. The proposal will run as a recommendation to Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott and his department. But, regardless if it passed or not, the idea was DOA.