Teachers' union decries NRA suggestion to put more guns in schools
The National Rifle Association says we need to meet fire with fire, but many say more guns in schools is simply not the answer. And not the message we want to send to our children. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Rifle Association says we need to meet fire with fire, but many say more guns in schools is simply not the answer. And not the message we want to send to our children.
Amid vivid signs and shouting protests, the NRA broke its silence about the Sandy Hook school shooting. One week to the day after the tragic event.
"When it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family--our children--we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless," said NRA President Wayne LaPierre.
The solution to keeping our children safe, he continued, is assuming responsibility for our schools.
"The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection."
And the way to do that, LaPierre said, is by placing an armed officer at every school in every city across the country.
" I don't think guns belong at schools," responded Vikki Courtney, vice president of the Clark County Education Association.
"What does one person with a gun do?" Courtney asked rhetorically. "I mean, if they're at one end and somebody's coming from another end, how is that gonna make it safer? What are you gonna do if there's kids in the way? Who's gonna make that choice about what happens?"
And though the NRA sees it as the only way to go...
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said LaPierre.
The teachers union sees a much different and more dangerous scenario.
"The next thing you know, it won't just be one person armed, it'll be let's arm all the teachers and let's have everybody armed and then it will be parents coming to school with guns and you're gonna have shoot-outs and how good is that for anything? Does that solve the problem?"
The teachers union says we need to put money into mental health services from school psychologists to social workers... The people who might see the telltale signs of violence and head an incident off before it happens.
We tried to ask Metro and school police their thoughts.
Metro wouldn't comment at all and CCSD police said they haven't had time to review the NRA comments and how it pertains to them.