According to Wayne La Pierre, CEO of the NRA, “The only thing that could stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” He and the Republican Party support the placement of armed personnel (i.e., “good guys”) in classrooms. Proponents of this view point to the “Marshals Program” (Protection of Texas Children Act) as how we can make sure the people protecting our kids are, in fact, the “good guys with a gun.”
This legislation states that people hired to carry a gun in a school go through a series of background checks, psychological evaluations and an 80-hour active shooting training program. In order to make sure these folks remain “good guys with a gun,” all this would be repeated every two years!
If such rigorous checks and training is such a great idea for those carrying guns in our schools, why wouldn’t it be good for society in general? Why don’t La Pierre and his Republican friends recommend extending these background checks to all future gun owners?
Larry Podolsky, Oakdale