Locals React to NRA Officials Calling for Armed Officers in Schools
Lynchburg, VA - The NRA's announcement, encouraging congress to pay for armed security officers in every school, nationwide, has stirred a lot of mixed reaction.
Lynchburg officials have opinions. As Lynchburg Mayor Mike Gillette said, it's worth looking into, but he thinks that NRA proposal is hardly the best solution for school safety.
And when it comes down to it, city officials will be the ones to determine if locally, schools would receive funding for such an officer.
A strong statement from the NRA on Friday, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's Executive Vice President.
With an even stronger suggestion "I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation" said LaPierre.
"It's a great idea, but in a lot of places, the resources just don't exist" said Lynchburg city councilman, H. Cary.
Lynchburg officials say that call to congress by the NRA, would likely fall on the backs of local governments.
"The city provides approximately $36, $37 Million of an $80 Million budget. The federal government provides, at last I looked, less than 10%" said Cary.
A federally funded school officer officials say is unlikely, given; local funds pay for most of the school budget.
"I think they're going to kick the can down to the states, and the states will kick it to the local governments. And we'll be hearing from our citizens about what they want to do when we begin our budget hearings this spring" said Cary.
When asked if an armed officer is something they would want city council to pay for, one parent responded, "during this time, with everything that happened? Yeah, it would be."
For parents, an armed school officer is something worth considering.
"If it's an issue of safety, and it would make everybody feel at ease about the tragedies that could happen, then yes" said one man.
"If it's an armed officer there, honestly, I would probably feel a little more safer" said a parent.
The NRA suggested implementing these new officers by the time students return from winter break.
It was unclear however how they'd be paid for... after all, currently, congress has yet to resolve the federal fiscal cliff.