Port Jefferson Locals Mixed on NRA Call For Armed Guards in Schools

Tell us what you think about the issue.

Port Jefferson locals are reacting to statements made Friday by National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre on the Sandy Hook school shooting, breaking a weeklong silence by the gun organization.

LaPierre blasted the media and entertainment industry for promoting and glorifying violence in what he said was a “dirty little truth.” He called it “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people.”

Among his ideas on how to prevent another unspeakably murderous act like the one Adam Lanza brought to Newtown, was to post armed guards in every school in America. The money, he said, could come from a variety of sources including the U.S. budget for foreign aid. His idea is to use qualified police, retired, active or reserve military personnel or other types of law enforcement agents to fill those posts.

Related: You can read a full transcript of the NRA press conference here on the Washington Post website.

When we asked if locals supported the idea to put armed guards in school, John Feinberg agreed.

“Veterans need jobs and are already trained in firearm use,” said Feinberg. “Gives them tons of more jobs!”

Lucia Torraco Tamargo said gun laws will only be broken by criminals.

“Yes. I totally agree,” she wrote. “Another law to be broken as criminals always find a way. We need to protect our children as much as we protect our banks.”

LaPierre also compared protecting children to protecting money in banks and life of the President of the United States.

Frank Raffaele worried about the effectiveness of that strategy.

“Putting more restrictions on law abiding people won't work,” he said on Facebook.

One commentor said that she wasn’t sure armed security is the best thing to do.

“We need to do something, but I'm not sure making children feel like they're in school at a prison is the answer,” said Stacey Heckelman Devaux. “Horrible as a tragedy it was, many more children are killed in car accidents, house fires, etc.”

Devaux suggested other ideas like metal detectors, immediate notification and lockdown procedures for the entire school building and alarms connecting to police.

"Banks have them," she said. "Kids are more important than money."

Janet Basile pointed out that the potential killers would go somewhere else leading to even more armed guards everywhere.

"Every public place would need them, the shooter would just move on to another unarmed place?" she said.

What do you think? Should we post armed guards in our schools to protect our children from another tragedy like at Newtown?

jeanne austin December 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Where else in the civilized world are armed guards posted at every school?? It makes me sick to think we've come to this! What we need are tighter gun restrictions.
JOE KAZ December 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
gun restrictions do not work
Risa Palazzo December 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Bingo. Gun Control NOW.
CityMeowse December 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The NRA is just trying to create jobs for gun 'enthusiasts'. The gun restrictions in place are a JOKE and need to be much stricter.
Peter C. Walsh December 22, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I don't own a gun, never have. I respect our constitutional right of citizens to bear arms. There are two achievable goals with respect to this controversy. First, we simply have no legitimate purpose for weapons of mass death to be available for ordinary citizens. Second, it must become a civic duty for every citizen to carry and be trained on the use of a handgun. While common sense will lead you to conclude that increasing the amount of handguns will increase the amount of gun related deaths, the hope is that these deaths will be those of perpetrators instead of children. The Principal in Newtown sent two people in her office to hide in safety and then, consistent with the responsibilites of her office, knowingly walked directly into her death attempting to stop the shooter (without the means to do so). Newtown, 9/11 and every terrible incident like them would have ended differently if ordinary citizens in those situations carried and were trained in the use of handguns. This solution is consistent with American principles of freedom and civic responsibility. Only those that choose to stick their head in the sand shall allege that this solution will not lead to more gun deaths. The truth is it will, there is no sense in denying it. What I hope is it that those that die will be perpetrators, and those that live will be innocents. I do not own a gun. I don't want to. Yet, I'm willing to take on this responsibiltiy if it will stop another Newtown or 9/11.
Britannic1 December 22, 2012 at 06:00 PM
This tragedy should have never been allowed to happen. It's a shame when we are no longer safe in out schools, churches, etc. But, there are already enough gun control laws on the Federal, State and local levels. Unfortunately these laws, no matter how many there are and probably will be, will never prevent someone from obtaining an illegal hand gun or rifle who is bound determined to get one. I agree that weapons of mass destruction, like those used in the recent Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, should not be available to anyone except law enforcement and the military. Those of us that own and collect firearms need to act responsibly and make sure they are always under lock and key. Maybe we should consider training select school employees in the use of hand guns so the entire facility is not at the mercy of a crazed maniac if and when it ever happens.
Frank Raffaele December 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
While the courts, legislature and public at large argue the point until they're all blue in their respective faces, the bad guys are still out there and there will be shootings still. Putting armed guards in schools is something you can do NOW while you come up with a better plan, if that's even possible. Is it the answer? No, it might not be the complete solution but it's better than the hall monitors yelling, "Stop or I'll call 911!" Another option, but I don't think rural America is ready to accept it yet, are metal detectors and body scanners in the schools. Let's face it, the real world is not a nice place. It will take generations to alter human nature. Do you want to wait that long for the schools to be safer? I'm sure there are a lot of retired cops out there who'd love a second job they're already trained for.
Yvonne Affronti December 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
This back and forth stuff is only leading me to one conclusion: no more privately owned guns and assault weapons! If you need to shoot, join the armed forces or the police force. You don't have to prove yourself to everyone by murdering a deer or a fowl. Unless you are living in the backwoods of our country (or any other country for that matter), and are anti-social, you can purchase your pound of flesh at a butcher shop or in the supermarket. If you don't think the meat is up to your standards, develop a rapport with the person behind the counter and they will be sure to serve you well. People and firearms = trouble. Don't we have enough? I guess we're at a stage where no one should be allowed entry to a public or private school without an appointment/fingerprinting/patdown types of firearm prevention similar to the airlines. It's sad but rather than more guns, fewer guns and better screening techniques.
Peter C. Walsh December 23, 2012 at 02:03 AM
What ought to be and what shall be are two different things. Society ought to be able to say no more guns for evil purposes and see this goal materialize. That simply will not happen, no matter how much we demand it to occur. America will engage in this controversy and either, fail to effectively act until another Newtown draws our attention, or inevitably, embrace a solution that will result in more freedom, not less. In this case the solution is defined in our Constitution, the freedom of ordinary citizens to bear arms. We cannot afford to do nothing and, we cannot afford the cost of securing every school, mall, movie theatre, public conveyance and crevice of our society. Even if we could, we cannot guaranty that armed security will be available in the precise location that a mass murderer strikes. Yet, we, as decent Americans, can afford to arm and train ourselves to protect those we love and the society we love from the unpredictable timetables of madmen. It is not desireable to do this for most individuals, myself included, but who wants to be the one to look back and say, but for my reluctance to take individual responsibility for my safety and the safety of others, this or that innocent loved one would be alive today. The ugly truth is that this is the only affordable solution that can become law and will effectively address these type of unforseeable threats.
moethegrass December 23, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Anybody who thinks they can casually carry a firearm and then at a moments notice have the wherewithal to use it appropriately and discharge the firearm and only hit the target they're aiming at and then stop shooting in the heat of the moment has another thing coming. Even a trained police officer in the heat of the moment shoots at least one round. and hits innocents as well as the intended target. The answer is....
Peter C. Walsh December 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The law calls the situation "moethegrass" describes as "justifiable homicide." For example, if the Principal at Newtown discharged her weapon, killed the perpetrator and in the process, a bullet propelled off the wall and killed an innocent bystander, this is what the law calls justifiable homicide. It is akin to collateral damage or death by friendly fire. If such a situation occured in Newtown the media would be all over the killing of the innocent bystander and the controversy would be how to stop the killing of innocent bystanders and, protect the rights of armed gunman that break into schools and get killed before they commit atrocities. Afterall, the poor little mental case could have been there for show and tell. In hindsite that controversy would be preferable to the one we now have, how to stop the slaughter of 20 innocent children and their unarmed protectors. No easy answers Moethegrass, just a need to find pragmatic solutions to the unacceptable conditions that have come to pass in Newtown, the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, shopping malls, movie theatres, railroad cars, Columbine, etc. etc. It is irresponsible to consistently find reasons "why not" when the need exists to take action.
Dennis December 24, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Peter C Walsh; you've got it right.


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