DC Mayor Open to Armed Guards in All Schools

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 at 7:44 am

Well, if it’s good enough for Barack Obama, it should be good for all the parents in Washington, DC, right?

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Wednesday that he was willing to consider placing armed guards in the District’s schools, a proposal advanced in recent weeks by the National Rifle Association, but one that has drawn a frosty reception from gun control and education advocates.

“I think if it’s a way of further protecting our students, I’m open for that discussion,” Gray said, though he added that he had not studied the issue extensively.

The District already has school resource officers — sworn police officers who are armed — in dozens of its high schools and middle schools. But Gray indicated he might support a plan to install armed guards in all of the city’s 125 public schools.

The Democratic mayor emphasized, however, that he would not endorse a plan to allow students or teachers to carry firearms on school property.

As Barack Obama stated unequivocally, if it saves just one life we’ve got to try.

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One Response to “DC Mayor Open to Armed Guards in All Schools”

  1. MT Geoff on 17/17/13 at 9:49 am

    The main reason for beginning the SRO programs was to reduce student-on-student violence, the occasional street-gang-to-schoolyard incident, and drug trading at schools. That’s why the programs have focused on middle and high schools, where the students are older and more likely to be dangerous.
    Heck, I saw a student with a semi-automatic pistol when I was in high school and that was most of 40 years ago. I could hardly believe it.
    To be honest, I think armed guards at all schools is probably unnecessary. If a school is in an area with identified violence problems, and that would be all of D.C., it may be useful. If a school’s students are known to be targets, as at Sidwell Friends, armed guards may be reasonable. The elementary schools in Billings fit neither criteria.