President Obama is 100% correct when he says there have been too many shootings by crazies, especially in America’s schools. Of course his solution of stricter gun control is absurd because all he really wants to do is place regulations on law-abiding gun-owners. No one has proposed a gun regulation idea that would actually prevent any of these horrible crimes. The only solution heard from the left is to deny people’s 2nd Amendment rights.
Like most of the recent murderers, no one could predict that the nut job who committed the Umpqua Community College massacre last week would ever do something so horrid. If there was a way to identify nut jobs who would kill without including “normal people” I would be all for it, but no one has come up with a way to do that either. For example 11% of the U.S. population takes depression meds, do you ban them from owning guns…of course not, taking depression meds does not indicate someone is about to commit a massacre so what could be a criteria? Well, when they come up with one that makes sense I promise it will be reported here.
But until that time the best way to protect our schools and kids from gun crimes without violating the 2nd Amendment was suggested over fifteen years ago by then-president Bill Clinton. Putting armed cops (or other trained armed guards) in schools.
In April 2000 as part of his commemoration of the first anniversary of deaths at Columbine High School in his weekly radio speech President Clinton announced $120 million in grants, much of it for a program to place armed police officers in schools.
As the Associated Press reported at the time:
“In our national struggle against youth violence we must not fail our children; our future depends on it,” the president said in his weekly radio address.
Parents, teens, teachers, youth workers and others will discuss research that indicates the preteen years set patterns for behavior and success in adulthood. Other subjects will include the risks, challenges and anxieties faced by young people today and what can be done to avoid dangerous or risky behavior.
“We need to talk about safety and security in every house in America,” Clinton said.
Republican critics said the federal government is a clumsy middleman in trying to cope with problems that should be addressed locally. They cast doubt on whether the teen conference would accomplish anything, accused Clinton of ignoring media violence and said he should support stiff jail sentences for anyone carrying a firearm in a violent or drug-related crime.
Clinton announced $40 million in grants for 23 school districts that he said have found successful, comprehensive approaches to help troubled young people.
“These districts are bringing school nurses and counselors together to respond to warning signs like depression or bullying,” Clinton said. “They are improving classroom security and expanding after-school and mentoring programs.”
Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for “COPS in School,” a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.
“Already, it has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need,” Clinton said.
SHHHHH! Please don’t tell the liberals that Clinton supported putting armed cops in schools It might cause their heads to explode…or even worse It might make them to think of other ways to protect our kids without denying people their 2nd Amendment rights, instead of simply politicizing the issue.
Bill Clinton’s radio address on the subject is embedded below: