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December 21, 2012 Poll Results

Should armed police officers be posted in every school?

Yes 45% 220 votes
No 54% 262 votes
Total: 482 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


December 22, 2012
7:51 a.m.

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If the NRA who has suggested this wants to pay for them, then I'm in favor of it.

Better than paying for an armed guard with my tax dollars, how about paying for counselors and teachers who can spot a student in trouble and get them help before they get to the point of a shooting like what happened in CT. I know the shooter wasn't a student there currently, but, he hadn't been out of school too many years; someone somewhere in his school years should have been able to spot his illness and get him help.

December 22, 2012
9:46 a.m.

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How about concealed carry for teachers. The only thing that can stop a criminal with a gun is a good guy with a gun, period. Police don't carry guns to protect you, they carry guns to protect themselves.

December 22, 2012
12:27 p.m.

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How about starting mental health services in schools? Troubled youths need to be identified and professionally treated. Not ignored and let loose on society.

December 22, 2012
7:08 p.m.

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With a teacher and two or three helpers along with twice the administrative structure as only a couple decades ago, this can easily be absorbed by the schools. The teachers who voluntarily carry after going through the approval and training could also work well. It already is in a bunch of schools out west. The "No Gun Zone" is a fallacy. All the mass killings in the last decade have been in "Gun Free Zones". What the press doesn't report on is all the incidents where potential mass shooting are halted by a citizen with a concealed carry weapon.

December 22, 2012
7:56 p.m.

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This is an extremely volatile question, one that offers no easy cookie cutter answers.Each potential solution carries with it a whole bundle of new problems that need to be solved before the implementation of any reasonable plan.
I believe the most important and probably most effective solution lies with good mental health evaluations, implementation of new rules and guidelines related to mental illness and corresponding stringent enforcement of new regulations. It is not going to be easy to enact, and it will only be as effective as we legislate, so a line has to be drawn in the sand. Fundamental questions as to diagnosis will have to be asked and answered, potential solutions applied to each answer, and procedures to be followed, penalties for non compliance legislated. Not a quick or easy fix, but ripe with potential.
The quick fix is a D.A.R.E. officer in every school, a trained professional, alert, competent and intimately familiar with the school building in which he works. Rent-a-Cops are not going to work, potential quality of candidate issues related to poor training and bargain hunting by municipalities make professional active duty police officers the only choice to safely protect our children.

December 24, 2012
7:07 a.m.

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How about paying for a police officer by cutting some of the fat at the top of the schools budget. The only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good gut with a gun. The mental health professional in the school is not a bad idea either. However we have to be careful here. It needs to be fine tuned. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and what ever.

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